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Torquay United brings in former Oxford United chairman to help it survive

Kelvin Thomas discusses his intentions for the club. Credit: ITV News

Torquay United football club has brought in outside help to try to make it more financially sustainable.

Kelvin Thomas, the former Chairman of Oxford United, will spend the coming weeks assessing the state of the club.

The US-based businessman says he's not here to invest in the Gulls, just to advise on difficult decisions ahead.

New direction for Torquay United

Thea Bristow has been subsidising the club over the last three years Credit: Torquay United

More details are expected to be announced this morning about the new team being brought in to help run Torquay United off the pitch.

Kelvin Thomas, who used to be Chairman at Oxford United, will be working closely with Gulls Chairman Thea Bristow. She wants the club to be run in a more sustainable way, after subsidising Torquay for the last three years.

A press conference has been called for this morning.


Six Nations 2015: Exeter Chiefs winger named to England squad

Exeter Chiefs winger Jack Nowell is in line to play in this year's Six Nations after being named in Stuart Lancaster's latest England squad.

Nowell is part of a 34-player group selected by Lancaster today ahead of the opening game on the tournament against Wales on February 6. He will compete with Gloucester's Jonny May and Anthony Watson for a place in the starting line-up.

Exeter Chiefs Jack Nowell Credit: David Davies/PA
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Ugwu scores again as Yeovil draw at Preston

Gozie Ugwu scored for Yeovil at Preston. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive

Yeovil Town have drawn 1-1 at promotion-chasing Preston.

Gozie Ugwu gave the Glovers the lead in first half stoppage time with his second goal in two games.

But the home side earned a share of the points when Sylvain Ebanks-Blake equalised fifteen minutes from the end.

Yeovil remain bottom of the table on goal difference.


Chiefs qualify for quarter-finals of Challenge Cup

Henry Slade kicked 15 points. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Exeter Chiefs have qualified for the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup.

The Pool 2 leaders won 33-24 at second placed Connacht. Dean Mumm and Don Armand crossed the line in the second half, adding to a penalty try and 15 points from the boot of Henry Slade.

In the Championship this afternoon, bottom-of-the-table Plymouth Albion lost 22-19 at Nottingham after conceding a last minute penalty.

Ten more days to save Plymouth Albion after second notice of administration

The club say they have been overwhelmed by support from fans. Credit: ITV News

Doubt over the future of struggling rugby club Plymouth Albion continues.

The club revealed today that they have issued a second notice of intention to appoint an administrator.

Wednesday was deadline day for the club to either find financial backers or call in the administrators - they now have another ten days while they negotiate a deal to save the club.

Albion won their first championship match in ten months last weekend.

If the club does go into administration they will also get a points penalty which will almost certainly see them demoted to a lower league.

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