Wembley delight for Woolmer Green family as Torquay United win place in Football League

PUBLISHED: 16:29 24 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:14 26 October 2009

TORQUAY United winning a place in the Coca-Cola Football League sparked huge celebrations in one Times Territory family. For Jean and Johnny Buckle of Woolmer Green, the Gulls 2-0 triumph over Cambridge United at Wembley Stadium in the Blue Square Premie

TORQUAY United winning a place in the Coca-Cola Football League sparked huge celebrations in one Times Territory family.

For Jean and Johnny Buckle of Woolmer Green, the Gulls' 2-0 triumph over Cambridge United at Wembley Stadium in the Blue Square Premier play-off final was a special moment.

This is because their son Paul, who grew up in the Hertfordshire village, is the Devon club's manager.

The 38-year-old one-time Monk's Walk School pupil is an ex-professional footballer having turned out for the likes of Brentford, Colchester United and Torquay.

He joined the Exeter City coaching staff in 2005 before being appointed as boss of the Plainmoor club in June 2007.

In just two terms he has got them promoted back to the Football League, from which they were relegated at the end of the 2006/07 season.

For WGC-born Paul, a trip to Wembley is becoming something of a regular occurrence.

While his current club were losing their league status in 2006/07, the Woolmer Green man helped guide Exeter to the play-off final at the national stadium, although they were beaten by Morecombe.

The following year Paul was back at Wembley, this time in the FA Trophy final and as Torquay boss.

Again he was to suffer heartache as the Gulls lost 1-0 to Ebbsfleet United.

It was then third time lucky for Buckle as he led Torquay back into the Football League with their Wembley success earlier this month.


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