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Chair Thea Bristow officially hands over ownership of Torquay United

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Thea Bristow has officially handed over ownership of Torquay United after transferring 80% of her shares over to a group of existing directors.

Today is a bitter sweet day for me. I have transferred the majority of my shares and it has closed the chapter of my ownership of the club. I certainly have had mixed emotions throughout this whole process, but know that it is the right decision for me and my family.

I look back and hopefully Paul and I made a bit of a difference. There have been some great times and some not so great times, but overall, whatever decisions we made, they were always in the best interests of the club.

One thing I do know is that whenever I come to the ground, I am always so proud of seeing Bristow’s Bench and the lasting legacy to both Paul and the club.

I, like any fan, can’t wait to see us back in the Football League and look forward to cheering the team onto that.

I wish the Directors in luck taking on this challenge. For me, knowing I had to move on, this route has given me the chance to pass my shares onto people who know and care for the club, especially in time for any Conference deadlines.

The Directors have assured me that they will continue speaking to the TUST and other consortiums for further investment or help, plus that they have the capability to run the club next season. I am sure they will announce their plans more formally over the coming weeks.

I look forward to watching and supporting as a fan and thank you for all the support and kind wishes during my time as Chairman.

– Thea Bristow

Talks to buy Torquay United break down

Talks to sell Torquay United to an unknown bidder have broken down, the club has said.

In April, current chairwoman, Thea Bristow confirmed she was in formal talks to sell her share of the club after announcing her resignation from the role due to ill health.

Thea Bristow has confirmed she is in formal talks last month to sell her share of the club Credit: ITV News

While this news came as a setback, this is not time for doom and gloom, as talks with other interested parties have already reopened, including a lengthy meeting at the Launa Windows Stadium over the weekend.

The incredible generosity of Thea Bristow has left Torquay United in a healthy position for new people to move this club forward and the hard work of finding fresh investment is well under way.

– Bill Phillips, Torquay United Football Club

The club also revealed it had received an anonymous donation from a supporter.

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Latest woe for Torquay United players

More players have been let go by Torquay United Credit: ITV News

Torquay United striker Elliot Benyon and right-back Dale Tonge are the latest players to be told they won't be offered a new contract next year.

The news from manager Chris Hargreaves follows the departure of young centre-forward Duane Ofori-Acheampong earlier this week.

The rest of the Gulls' squad are not expected to hear about their fate until after the final game of the season tomorrow, at home to Macclesfield Town.

Torquay United confirms it is in formal discussions to sell the club

Thea Bristow has confirmed she is in formal talks to sell her share of the club Credit: ITV News

Thea Bristow has confirmed she is in formal talks to sell her share of the club.

Torquay United made the announcement following last night's 1-0 win against Lincoln City.

The club says they will not comment further until contracts have been exchanged.

There has been a lot of hard work to get to this point, and I travel hopefully that we will be able to conclude this deal.

It is a big decision to announce at this point, but we all know the way that football works and it is very difficult to keep anything under wraps once a few people know, so I felt it was important to inform you all of this milestone myself. That way you know that the work is continuing to find a solution.

It is safe to say that this does not mean we are over the line yet, but it is a major step in the right direction. I am also really pleased that the last few results have been positive and I look forward to the final two games of this season.

– Thea Bristow

Paul Sturrock leaves Torquay United role after four days

Paul Sturrock has left his role as an advisor to Torquay United after just four days.

His appointment was announced on Easter Sunday, but he has since been offered a permanent contract at another club.

The Torquay board still hope to bring in someone else to support manager Chris Hargreaves.

The Gulls didn't enjoy the services of the former Plymouth and Dundee United boss for very long Credit: PA

I am very disappointed but we wish Paul the very best of luck in his new job,

Paul Sturrock fitted the bill because he lives locally but I wish him well... Events can take over the best laid plans but we have to find someone comparable with Paul.

The principle is there and now it’s finding the right person. The basis of the idea is to do everything we can to help Chris achieve great success as the manager of Torquay United.

– Bill Phillips, Vice-Chairman

Thea Bristow steps down as chairman of Torquay United

Thea Bristow has been confirmed as Lifetime President of Torquay United.

Vice Chairman Bill Phillips says Thea’s contribution to the club is " unparalleled" and the Board felt it was important they showed it.

I am very proud of my involvement with the club and will gratefully accept the title of Lifetime President.

This means that I will step down as Chairman with immediate effect. Whilst I made the earlier decision to go at the end of the season, it has become increasingly obvious to me that the interests of the club are better served by allowing the Board to continue the plans for the rest of this season, particularly as they will naturally impact upon next season as well.

I am afraid I will continue to be an ever-present sight and sound at Torquay's matches, waving and ‘clacking’ in what I hope is a Presidential manner.

– Thea Bristow, Torquay United Lifetime President

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Torquay chairwoman will step down at end of the season

Torquay United has confirmed club Chairwoman Thea Bristow will step down at the end of the season.

Thea said she had taken the decision because of ill health, and to allow others to take the club forward. She will continue to fund the club until the end of the financial year and will transfer her loans into shares in order to pass them on debt free.

Thea Bristow will step down at the end of the season Credit: ITV News

She became a member of the board in 2010 after her husband Paul, who helped fund the club after winning £15 million on the lottery, passed away at the age of 59.

Thea, who took up the role of chairwoman in 2013, has been trying to sell the club and has brought in former Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas to find a buyer.

I have been thinking about this decision for a while and it is best for me and my family that I step down to allow others to take the club forward.

As I am sure people will appreciate, the role of Chairman can be a stressful one and recently it has had an impact on my health. Therefore, now is the right time to say that I think I have done enough.

– Thea Bristow

Torquay are currently talking to a group thinking about buying the club. Torquay United Supporters' Trust are also reportedly interested in owning the club.

The club can also confirm that Director Alan Bristow will be stepping down at the same time.

Finally, I would like to thank the fans, my family and friends for all the kind wishes and support over the years and I look forward to being a noisy part of the Yellow Army for years to come.

– Thea Bristow

Torquay United's manager ahead of their biggest game of the season

Torquay United play the biggest game of their season tomorrow as they host Wrexham in the semi final second leg of the FA Trophy.

The Gulls lost 2-1 in Wales last weekend. But victory in the match at Plainmoor will see them through to the final at Wembley Stadium.

A win would be a boost for morale as well as for the club's finances Credit: ITV News

It would mean a lot to the club financially, it would mean a lot to the fans who thick and thin have supported us.

Finally for the players; it would give them some achievement that is everything in football, forget the money, achieving things in football is everything for me so that's what I want for them.

– Chris Hargreaves, Manager, Torquay Utd
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