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‘Worst team in England’ win their first game at the 33rd attempt stretching back to 2019

‘Worst team in England’ Stoke Gabriel win their first game at the 33rd attempt with that run stretching all the way back to 2019.

The non league team merged with another club, Torbay Police, at the beginning of June 2021, having spent last term bottom of the South West Peninsula Premier East, picking up a total of ZERO points from their opening 18 games before the season was stopped due to the pandemic.

After conceding 207 goals and finding the net just seven times, time have come to put the two teams together.

On Saturday afternoon, they ended a dreadful winless run, beating bottom club Sidmouth Town 3-2.

Jacob Osborne scored a hat-trick, with Sidmouth’s Scott Hughes and Louis Adey getting on the scoresheet trying to force a comeback, but just couldn’t get that leveller.

November 2019 was the last time they had won a game, playing 32, won 0, drew 2, lost 30, scored 17 and conceded 240, earning just two points.


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 match was played and whilst they were able to score goals, they conceded heavily once again, losing 6-4 to Tornado Bello Seven.

How have they got on so far for the 2021/22 season?

They currently sit 17th of of 20 teams in the South West Peninsula League Premier East.

After six games played, they have won once and lost 5, scoring 7 times, whilst also conceding 21 goals, the most conceded in their division, yet that win on Saturday lifts them up a few places.

Fans reacted as the ‘worst team in England’ win their first game at the 33rd attempt stretching back to 2019…

@NonLeagueCrowd: Superb for @SGTPoliceFC – enjoy a drink or two this evening!!

@HmeCinema: Absolute class from my lads today having being forced to make 2 subs due to injuries we stayed firmed and got the win. I want to thank everyone for their support and backing 👏👏👏. Finally got our big no.9 back which we’ve been missing who got 2 assists today, well squad today

@TamarSports: Well done Stokies!

@DevonAndy: Amazing result for @SGTPoliceFC

@PBlifeat45: Awesome, great result, how must Sidmouth feel, How shite must they be you loose every week 👋👋👋👏👏🎤🎤🤣🤣

@burrough_rachel: Superb effort 👏👌

@1965Djr: Of course …….it’s not the winning it’s the taking part that counts ……..but if one can win all the better!

@rolybaits27: Congratulations guys well deserved

@HelpingRamone: Onwards Hombres, Onwards! 😃 Excellent result for you. Must visit soon.

@stuarthughes747: Galant effort from @SidmouthTownAFC coming back from 3-0 to 3-2 but unfortunately time ran out for an equaliser…. Best of luck to Stoke Gabriel & Torbay Police for rest of season

@nickhancock741: Excellent result, onwards and upwards 👏

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