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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.

Torquay face Gateshead trip in Conference opener

It'll be a tough ask for Chris Hargreaves' side to bounce back at the first time of asking Credit: PA

Torquay United will face a tough trip to the North East for their first game in the Conference next season.

The Gulls meet Gateshead on the 9th of August. They were relegated from the football league after a dismal campaign last season.

They'll then come up against Welling United, Southport and Dartford.

It'll also be a busy Christmas period for the Plainmoor club, who play Bristol Rovers at home on Boxing Day and away on New Years Day.

There is a full list of fixtures on the club's website.

Newborn's first football match

Baby Arlo saw Torquay United play just 30 minutes after being discharged from hospital Credit: ITV News

When Torquay United fan Anthony Roach became a dad last weekend he only had one thing on his mind - getting son Arlo to his first football match.

While most newborn babies spend their first few hours screaming at home - Arlo joined several thousand other screaming fans at Plainmoor.

Little Arlo was discharged from hospital 15 minutes after the game kicked-off, but thanks to his father's dedication he managed to make it in time for the second half.


Torquay and Exeter's hopes for this weekend's games

Torquay United are odds on to be relegated tomorrow. Five points from safety, the Gulls travel to Mansfield knowing they need another win and their relegation rivals to slip up. It's less bleak for Exeter City - just two points above the drop zone.

They host Scunthorpe, who'll clinch the league title with a win. But the last team to beat Scunthorpe was Exeter, way back in October. Seth Conway reports.

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