Welcome to my blog opening post of the 2025/2026 season which is my 7th with Torquay United and the 4th in the EFL League One after yet another last day bottle job. Maybe I should not be so harsh due to the fact that 3we are punching above our weight and have been doing for some time.
The board have raised their expectations with them now looking for a mid table finish which is a fair assessment on our position / status within the last few years.
During the duration of this save I have been loyal in keeping the nucleus of the squad together adding a few free transfers and loans to give us more depth and again I went in to the transfer window with an objective in mind to strengthen the squad in a few areas.
The first player through the door was 20 year old Greek central defender Aris Cuculi on a free transfer. Cuculi looks a good fit for our squad signing a two year contract on £1.7k per week.
The second of our summer signings is that of 32 year old forward Chucks Aneke again on a free transfer signing a one year deal on £1.8k per week. Aneke brings with him a wealth of experience and can become a great addition in our fight for promotion.
Former Ipswich Town midfielder Andre Dozzell is brought in to provide cover in the middle of the park, Dozzell was rated to be a potential star of the future but that seems to have declined in recent years but I hope he can play a part for us at Plainmoor.
Another addition to the squad was that of central midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe, the 25 year old gives us strength in depth in the middle of the park.
EfL LEAGUE 2025/2026
It was important that we hit the ground running to put behind us last seasons disappointing end and we did just that winning our opening 7 League games with the new boys making a good start to their time on the English Riviera. Tashan Oakley-Boothe and Joe Grayson looked to have settled in to a central midfield partnership and Chucks Aneke was making valuable contribution up front.
Unfortunately September saw us have a downturn in form which carried on through October with us winning just 2 matches drawing 5 and losing 4 in all competitions. We only managed to score twice in September with both Joe Grayson and Chucks Aneke getting the goals.
November proved to be a better month for us with 5 wins and 1 draw from our 6 matches in all competitions keeping us in the playoff spots going in to December which proved to be a mixed month after losing our 2 opening matches we got back on track to record 2 wins and a draw to end the year in 2nd place in the table 6 points behind Luton but with 2 games in hand followed by a chasing pack that incudes Walsall, Barnsley, Shrewsbury and Rochdale.
EFL LEAGUE ONE TABLE
A strange first half to the season because I think our football has not been up to the standard of past seasons but we sit 2nd in the table going in to the new year. A new year that will see me throw everything in to getting promotion to the Championship. We have come close in previous years and I am thinking that if we are to make the next step this is the time to do it. Financially we are doing ok with no debt thanks to our strict control of wages and wheeling and dealing in the free transfer and loan markets. I don’t envisage anyone joining the club in the window in January so let’s hope the squad can overcome their end of season drop in performance instead pushing for promotion.