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New chairman for Torquay United

Thea Bristow will take over as chairwoman of Torquay United Football Club with immediate effect. Photo: Torquay United Football Club

Torquay United Football Club have announced that Thea Bristow will take over as chairwoman with immediate effect.

She succeeds Simon Baker, who is stepping down to become vice-chairman at Plainmoor, alongside directors Bill Phillips and Alex Rowe.

The restructuring is completed by general manager Andrew Candy assuming the role of chief executive and Thea’s son Alan joining the board of directors.

It is my job to be a good spokesman and ambassador for the club, playing my part in our future success, starting with a win against Barnet.

– Thea Bristow, Torquay United’s new Chairwoman

Thea came to prominence at Plainmoor when her late lottery-winning husband Paul joined a consortium to buy the club in 2007.

Simon Baker, Thea Bristow, Bill Phillips, Alex Rowe and Andrew Candy. Credit: Torquay United Football Club

It goes without saying that the immediate priority for Thea and everyone else connected with Torquay United is supporting manager Alan Knill and the players in every way possible, as we fight against relegation.

Saturday’s home game with Barnet is a massive occasion and a massive opportunity to rediscover our form at this crucial stage of the season.

– Torquay United club statement

The Gulls are fighting for their Football League survival. With three games remaining, they are currently third from bottom in League Two, only outside the drop zone on goal difference.

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