A non league team with worst record in the English football merge with another club, it has been confirmed at the beginning of June.
Stoke Gabriel, who were bottom of the South West Peninsula Premier East with a grand total of ZERO points from their opening 18 games have linked up with local grassroots side Torbay Police FC.
After conceding 207 goals and scoring just seven when the season was curtailed, time have come to put the two teams together.
Forward as one! Stoke Gabriel & Torbay Police FC 🐝👌 pic.twitter.com/OB9FuQ0P5t
— Stoke Gabriel & Torbay Police FC (@SGTPoliceFC) June 2, 2021
A statement from the South Devon club said: “After an enormous amount of work behind the scenes and after working closely together for a number of years, it gives us great pleasure to announce that Stoke Gabriel FC and Torbay Police FC have joined forces and become one! Stoke Gabriel & Torbay Police FC
“The club will consist of the following;
1st Team – Step 6
Reserve Team – Step 7 – TBC at AGM
Development Team – Div 2 SDFL
Our Youth Section will have 14 teams ranging from Under 8s – Under 15s.
“The club also has an 8s team, along with Futsal and Veterans teams!”
Thank you to all involved! Fingers crossed the future will be bright for the Club! Come on you Bees
Managed by Dennis Perry with Luke Joiner as his assistant, they are set to continue plauing at the floodlit Kia Speedwell Stadium based in Stoke Gabriel.
Stoke Gabriel were founded in 1905 and relied on the generosity of local farmers to provide a ground during which the changing rooms remained in the village where both the school room and an old army hut were utilised.
By contrast, Torbay Police FC in their last incarnation were founded in October 2010 by members of the Devon & Cornwall Police and played in the South Devon League.
As well as serving officers and constabulary staff, they have also included players from the local community.
Nine months ago, we reported how Stoke Gabriel conceded 96 goals in seven league fixtures after suffering an 18-1 defeat.
Bovey Tracey FC set a new league record in the heavy win at Stoke Gabriel for the South West Peninsula League Premier Division East (10th tier of English football) encounter.
The away side were incredibly 7-0 up come the end of the first half, but got themselves a further eight goals in the second 45 minutes.
In Bovey Tracey’s previous league fixture, they ended up losing 8-0, also in an away fixture to Ilfracombe Town.
In Stoke Gabriel’s previous league fixture, they suffered another heavy defeat, this time a 13-0 defeat by Cullompton Rangers, who beat Bovey Tracey 4-2 in the game prior.
Stoke Gabriel have also lost 15-0 to Millbrook AFC and 14-0 against Torrington AFC.
After their 14-0 defeat to Torrington in September, the club ended up sacking their manager.
They started the season losing 15-0 at Torridgeside AFC, followed it up with a 13-0 defeat at the hands to Crediton United, then lost the third game 8-0 against Newton Abbot Spurs.
The game after the announcement of their merging, a matchy was played and whilst they were able to score goals, they conceded heavily once again, losing 6-4 to Tornado Bello Seven.
They will also face Chepstow Town, Glastonbury, Devizes Town, Liverton, Seaton Town and Feniton before facing Plymouth Marjon in the season opener.
— Stoke Gabriel & Torbay Police FC (@SGTPoliceFC) June 3, 2021
Fans reacted after seeing that the non league team with the worst record in English football merge with another club…
Nick Claire Healey: Great news well done to everyone involved 👏👏👏👍
Daniel Wadling: Do you need any under 10s players from the new season?
Dan A V-ery: Congratulations. Great clubs
Brian Mckearney: Do you have any teams a 41 year old male can join? Thanks
Lauren Christina: Hello 👋 I have a 6 year old currently in year 1…. very keen to get playing! Too young?
Aaron M Clark: Fantastic news!
@ForeverAYellow: really wishing the two clubs all the luck in the world, lets push on and hope for a much better season for 21/22, go smash it lads, will be keeping an eye on your results too