Manager attacked, police called and flares let off as Gloucester City draw with Torquay

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Despite a goalless draw between Gloucester City and Torquay United, the off pitch drama was at fever pitch as Torquay manager Gary Owers spoke of his shock after having coffee thrown in his face by an angry supporter.

Owers had just left the pitch and was heading for the changing rooms to give his post match assessment to his players, when he was confronted by a member of the travelling Gulls contingent, some of whom had earlier let off flares and firecrackers inside The Jubilee Stadium.

The former Forest Green Rovers manager and Sunderland midfielder had a cup of coffee thrown over him by one of the 300 plus away supporters.

Police were called to Evesham United’s home stadium, where the Tigers currently ground share, and several supporters were ejected from the ground.

Eyewitnesses also claimed that members of the Gloucester City board of directors were caught up in an incident with away fans after the final whistle.

Speaking to Devon Live, Owers said

I am proud of my football background, what I’ve done in this game and where I’ve been, and I am also proud to be manager of this football club.

“But I will be 50 in a couple of weeks, and you don’t expect to be walking off a football pitch and have a cup of red-hot coffee thrown in your face.

“It shouldn’t happen whatever the circumstances are, and it’s got no place in the game.”

Ower saw his side dominate for large periods of the game, but Marc Richards watched a resolute display from Gloucester that saw the Tigers first draw of the season, having won and lost three each of their opening six games.

City could have snatched all three points at the death after Noah Smerdon, match winner from Saturday’s victory at Dulwich Hamlet, smashed an effort over the crossbar before Jake Mawford lashed one over from far out.