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Taunton Town get ready to make history

Taunton Town in training for their FA Cup clash Credit: ITV News

It will be an historic weekend for non-league side Taunton Town.

On Sunday 6 November they'll contest the first round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1981.

They'll host Barrow - a club ranked three divisions higher - in front of a record home crowd of 2,500 supporters. The team can't wait for the big day.

It's completely different and to be honest you wouldn't want it any other way.

For example in the last round against Hemel we had 1,200 people here and everything felt different to a league game or any other cup tie.

But as they say that's the magic of the FA Cup and we're delighted to be experiencing that, so we wouldn't want it any other way.

– Leigh Robinson, Manager, Taunton Town

Tributes to former Bristol Rovers player Ray Mabbutt

Tributes have been paid to former football player Ray Mabbutt, who played for Bristol Rovers.

RIP Ray Mabbutt 1936 - 2016 Credit: Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers have said they are saddened to learn of the death of their former player, who passed away at the age of 80 after suffering a heart attack.

Mabbutt signed for Rovers when he was 20 for just £9 a week.

He went on to play almost 400 times for the club over 15 years. He was still playing - for West Harptree - in his 40s.

He proved to be an exceptional signing, for he was still performing to a high standard over a decade later, having served the club through the majority of the glory years in Division Two and, following relegation in 1962, the seasons of re-establishing the side in third tier football.

A solid, dependable wing half.

– Bristol Rovers, via their website

You might say football was in Mabbutt's blood - two of his three sons grew up to become stars.

Kevin played for Bristol City before being signed by Crystal Palace, while Gary followed his father's footsteps to play for Bristol Rovers before going on to Tottenham Hotspur. He was capped 16 times for England.

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New hope for Torquay United

Torquay United Football Club could be closer to finding a new owner. The club board held a meeting this afternoon to discuss "two or three takeover offers on the table."

Torquay have been looking for new investment for months Credit: PA

The club's chairman Dave Phillips told ITV News West Country that nothing has been decided yet but he "would be extremely disappointed were there not more concrete news by the middle of next week."

The struggling National League Club has been searching for new investment for over a year now since long-term benefactor Theo Bristow withdrew her backing.

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