This season Prostate Cancer UK is the official charity of The
Football League. To celebrate, we've asked bloggers from each of
the 72 clubs to count down their top five strikers to have worn
their No9 shirt, in recognition of the fact that prostate cancer
affects one in nine men.
Gulls great: United's Saint Vincent international Rodney Jack. Photo courtesy of Action Images
Here blogger James Bennett, from welshgull.wordpress.com,
selects Torquay's five best No9s… and one to forget!
5. Tommy Northcott (1949-52 &
Wise old heads always say you should never return to a former
club. Northcott is an exception: after a three-year stint at his
local club, he left for Cardiff and Lincoln before returning to
Torquay six years later. By the time of his final departure,
his appearance total stood at 443 and his goal tally at 150, making
him the club's second highest scorer.
4. Steve Cooper
A more recent club legend, Cooper was a mainstay of the team of
the late 70s and early 80s, playing only for the Gulls in the
Football League and scoring 90 goals. Hard-working and gutsy, he
chased down every lost cause and was good in the air despite not
being particularly tall. Replacing him proved to be virtually
3. Robin Stubbs (1963-69 &
For much of the 1960s Stubbs led the line for Torquay, in one of
the club's most successful periods. Brought to the club from
Birmingham City for a then club record fee of £6,000, he went go on
to score 133 goals for the club, mostly during his initial six-year
spell. He was also once married to television's Anthea Redfern!
2. Sammy Collins
With an impressive tally of 219 goals in 379 appearances,
Bristolian Collins, a hero of the 1950s, remains the club's top
scorer - and by some considerable margin - more than 50 years after
leaving. He was part of arguably the club's greatest season in
1956-57, when we finished second in the Third Division South,
missing out on second-tier football on goal average.
1. Rodney Jack
I may be biased, but I have chosen my childhood hero as Torquay's
greatest No9. The Saint Vincent international was signed after
being spotted by manager Eddie May in the Caribbean. His finest
hour came in when he was a key part of the club's promotion push of
1997-98, a campaign that ended with play-off agony at Wembley.
Crewe paid £650,000 for his services shortly after. These days he
plays for Northern Premier League side Nantwich Town.
And the worst…
Dean Mooney (1984-85)
Appearing at what would be the start of a difficult period for the
club, Mooney and his bleached blond locks arrived in 1984 from
Road-Sea Southampton as a replacement for the aforementioned
Cooper. He would last only one season at the club, scoring just two
goals as the club sank to the bottom of the Fourth Division under
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