TORRINGTON footballers past and present are busy making plans to commemorate 100 years of the club this month. Special centenary celebrations are being organised by the club, formed in 1908 and now currently about to embark on its second season in the Nor

TORRINGTON footballers past and present are busy making plans to commemorate 100 years of the club this month.Special centenary celebrations are being organised by the club, formed in 1908 and now currently about to embark on its second season in the North Devon Football League Senior Division. According to long-time supporter and former Torrington goalkeeper, Bob Dymond, Torrington FC was originally formed as a church side, hence the name of the pitch "Vicarage Field"."The first recorded team sheet we have dates back to 1914 and the then vicar of the day, the Rev Towell, featured as a full back," said Mr Dymond.The club re-established itself in 1919/20 after the First World War (see top) and promptly became the first side to win the Hansen Cup, Roy Parnell scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win against Bideford. A year later, they won the Westward Ho! Cup, beating Hansen's Shipyard in the final, again Parnell getting the only goal in front of a crowd of more than 5,000.As well as scooping a cup treble last season, the club has celebrated a number of other successes over the years, including a very successful year in 1948, when many records were broken. Among them, "scoring phenomenon" Sid Trickett scored 11 goals in an 18-0 win over Ilfracombe Town - all reputed to have been scored with his head! Trickett's ashes are reported to be buried under the top goalmouth at the Calf Street end.The team that day also featured Henry Kent in goal; backs Ray Bennett and Gilbert Darch; half lines Jock Ramsden, Ron Smith (c) and Clarrie Bennett; and forwards George Bennett, Laurie Gillespie, Alec Hutchings and David Weeks.After several decades in local North Devon football, the club made the step up to the South Western League in 1978. In 1984, they were elected to the Western League Division One and were immediately elected as champions, earning promotion to the Premier Division. The 1984-85 season also saw the club's most successful run in the FA Vase competition when they reached the last 16 (fifth round) after playing every game away from home.In 1988/89, the club celebrated the turning on of floodlights at Vicarage Field with a game against Plymouth Argyle. Torrington, who were managed by former Argyle boss John Hore - noted for taking the Pilgrims to the FA Cup semi-final in 1984 - lost 8-0 to the then Division Three side.Due to lack of support, Torrington decided to withdraw from the Western League and return to North Devon football in June last year, taking the position previously occupied by their reserve side.n The centenary celebrations at the Vicarage Road ground are taking place on Sunday, August 24, with a day of events planned, including a match between a team of Torrington FC past players and the current generation of "Super Greens", kicking off at 3pm.Organiser, current club player manager Peter Ellis, said that eight former Torrie Western League players had already agreed to feature in the showcase match, although he was still looking for more former players to pull on a pair of boots for the old boys' side, being managed by former boss Keith Viney."Hector Christie, Colin, Marc and Neil Bettis, and current Ilfracombe Town players Steve Oliver and Andy Stevens have said they'll play, while we're waiting on news of ex-Torquay player Kevin Hill, and former Portsmouth goalkeeper Alan Knight," said Peter."If any more are reading this and would like to get involved, please give me a call."Other events being planned for the all-day event from 11am include a hog roast, barbecue, bouncy castle, quad biking and a disco at the clubhouse until 11pm."The event will raise money for the club and the North Devon Hospice - it should be a great family day out to celebrate 100 years of Torrington FC and raise some money for some good causes," added Peter.Club chairman Winston Martin, who has been at the helm for a quarter-of-a-century himself, said he was looking forward to reuniting the club with players from the past and present."It's going to be nice to see old players and faces again," he told the Gazette."The club's got a fantastic 100-tear-history and this event will be a great way to celebrate it."For more information about the event, to sponsor the match, take part or help support the event in any other way, telephone 07792 950692.