Torquay United are based in the south-west of England where there are relatively few clubs, so loyal fans usually face a lengthy trip whenever they wish to travel to an away game.
On Saturday, 91 Gulls fans made the 370-mile journey all the way up to Hartlepool, only to witness a 3-0 defeat that has left them rock bottom of League Two and facing the ugly prospect of dropping out of the Football League.
Torquay manager Chris Hargreaves felt sympathy for the travelling fans who watched their side capitulate in the middle of a 740-mile round trip and has offered to soften the blow by buying each of them a drink. The Torquay Herald Express reports:
Hargreaves said he ‘gave a couple of fans £20 to get themselves a pint on the way home’ after Saturday’s defeat, which left his side languising at the bottom of League Two.
“It was the least I could do,” said Hargreaves, who now wants to buy every supporter a drink this week – in combination with a Q&A at the Boots and Laces pub at Plainmoor on Wednesday (7pm).
It's a touching gesture from former Gulls striker Hargreaves, who only took charge of the side in January.
If David Moyes had made a similar promise to the Manchester Utd fans who travelled to Olympiakos last week, he would probably have to open his own brewery.
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