Torquay manager vows to buy a drink for every fan who witnessed defeat

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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.

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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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