Buckle junior has deal on the table
TORQUAY UNITED have offered a trainee 'scholarship' to Johnny Buckle, the son of former Gulls manager Paul Buckle.
Midfielder Buckle Jr, 15, made his debut for United's youth team in their FL Alliance South-West (Under-18) game against Plymouth Argyle this week.
Also in the team was another schoolboy who's been offered a 'traineeship' at Plainmoor, centre-forward Liam Prynn from Penryn, Cornwall.
Young Buckle, who attends Teignmouth Community College, has progressed well in recent seasons and United clearly believe that he has a good chance of following in his dad's footsteps.
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Buckle Sr played for Brentford, Torquay, Exeter three times, Colchester, Aldershot and Weymouth among others, before turning to coaching and management.
He recently resigned as boss of Luton Town and is believed to be embarking on a new career in the United States.
Footnote: The Gulls played Tuesday's youth game against Plymouth at Cullompton Rangers' Speeds Meadow ground. The Peninsula League club have helped out as United try to tackle a fixture backlog. Saturday's home FL Alliance game against Hereford United will be at Forches Cross, Newton Abbot (11am), but Torquay will return to Cullompton to 'host' Exeter City next Tuesday (2pm).
Test your knowledge at Gulls quiz night
THINKING CAPS ON: United are holding a Quiz Night in Plainmoor's No.10s restaurant on Friday, April 5 (7.30pm).
There will be a maximum of five players per team (£10 entry fee). Call 01803 328666 or email email@example.com
Legendary United keeper dies aged 76
KINGSBRIDGE-BORN Peter Wakeham enjoyed the best years of his career with Sunderland in the old First Division, but he still deserves to go down as one of the best goalkeepers ever to play for Torquay United.
Wakeham, who has died at the age of 76, joined United as an apprentice in the early 1950s, although it took him until 1956 to establish himself in the first team.
His first few seasons were interrupted by injury, but his quality was obvious during the club's Third Division (South) promotion near-miss in 1956-57 and in the disappointing season that followed.
Wakeham made a total of 58 league appearances before, in September 1958, United's serious financial problems were eased when Sunderland paid around £20,000 for him.
He was a big success on Wearside. Over the next four years he played 134 league games on the biggest grounds in the country, until he was finally ousted by Jim Montgomery, who went on to become a Sunderland legend.
Wakeham took his appearance tally beyond the 300-mark in spells at Charlton Athletic and Lincoln City, before playing for Poole Town at the end of his senior career.
He had been living in South Wales for some time before he died last week.