The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Matt Bad­cock

PLY­MOUTH AR­GYLE fans are putting Devon ri­valry aside to sup­port cash-strapped Non-League neigh­bours Torquay United.

The Gulls are in fi­nan­cial strife with di­rec­tor of football Dean Ed­wards re­cently ad­mit­ting the Na­tional League club could go out of busi­ness if for­mer em­ploy­ees win cases against them for un­fair dis­missal.


Spurred on by sim­i­lar sup­port shown to them by fel­low football fans dur­ing their own club’s money trou­bles, Ar­gyle sup­port­ers have or­gan­ised a Fans United Day.

On Tues­day a coach load will travel to Plain­moor for Torquay’s league game against Bore­ham Wood – with the Gulls set to welcome them with open arms.

Ply­mouth fan Chris Whyte told The FLP: “The idea of Fans United Day started off years ago when Brighton were in a bit of trou­ble and Ar­gyle fans de­cided to help them out. Then a few years ago Ar­gyle went into ad­min­is­tra­tion and Brighton did the same for us.

“Torquay are in a bit of trou­ble them­selves, so now it’s our time to go to Torquay.

“We’ve got a fully-booked coach go­ing to the game on Tues­day, some peo­ple will go along in cars too and there are some Brighton fans go­ing as well. Hope­fully that will be a good bit of money for them.

“When Ar­gyle were in ad­min­is­tra­tion it was very stress­ful. For any club to go un­der is bad, we don’t want that. Although Torquay are our ri­vals, we don’t want them to go bust.”

A whip round be­tween sup­port­ers of the League Two club raised £520 in two days.

“We want to plan another Fans United Day later on in the sea­son,” Whyte added. “Hope­fully for a Satur­day game for a big­ger im­pact.”

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