What do you do when you have a historic moment in the club’s history, one that involves a club stalwart and a police dog called Bryn? You make a beer of course!
After teaming up with local drinks supplier Tolchards, Torquay United AFC have secured the help of Teignmouth-based brewers Red Rock, who kindly invited former Gull Jim McNichol along to make his own signature brew named after Bryn.
Police dog Bryn, of course, has gone down in United folklore.
Needing a draw in the final game of the 1986/87 season to escape an exit from the Football League, United were trailing 2-1 against Crewe in the dying minutes, only for Bryn to halt proceedings when he took a bite out of right-back McNichol’s thigh.
The resultant four minutes of injury time enabled United to pile on the pressure, paving the way for Paul Dobson to capitalise on a Crewe mistake to level the scores and save the club from relegation on goal difference!
Not only has this remarkable story featured in a Netflix series, but it has now inspired our own TV advertisement, which can be found on the official club website, along with details of a fantastic competition to win a United shirt signed by Jim McNichol himself!
1899 BRYN launches on Saturday available in 500ml bottles or on draught, along with a collectable limited edition A6 booklet detailing the events on the 9th May 1987.*
From all of us at Torquay United, Bryn and Jim we salute you!
Don’t forget to search our official social media channels below, using hashtag #BRYN1899 to find out more!
*Booklets will be available in bars today on a first come, first served basis