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Gillingham Fans’ Thoughts on the Match

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This was a bit rushed, i posted the questions on two forums, but the better response came from the Gillingham Not606 forum, so i am using them. The questions are:

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season in League 1? What about Newcastle in the Premier League?
2 – Does your club have ambitions to make the Premier League? Is it realistic?
3 – What young players could make an impact?
4 – Who is your most important player?
5 – How seriously are you taking the cup? Would you rather focus on the league?
6 – If your club was a footballer, who would it be and why?
7 – The last decade for Gillingham fans seems to have been quite the rollercoaster, do you think the club are finally back on track?
8 – What do you think of your manager? Should he have come back for a second stint?
9 – Your club website is currently advertising for families with spare rooms to help accommodate young Gillingham footballers who are living away from home. If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
10 – Scoreline Prediction?

GeminiSwiftgfc

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season in League 1? What about Newcastle in the Premier League?
Anywhere above the bottom 4 and I’ll be happy with the Gills. Newcastle are looking like a 10th place finish.

2 – Does your club have ambitions to make the Premier League? Is it realistic?
Scally has delusions of grandure about reaching the the pam.. I mean premier league. I don’t think we’ll ever do it though.

3 – What young players could make an impact?
Our average age in our squad has probably halved in the past year, personally I think Bradley Dack has the most potential to turn heads, Hess is less flair but more consistant.

4 – Who is your most important player?
Danny Kedwell, 4 goals this season and works tirelessly. A Gills fan, he will certainly be up for the match.

5 – How seriously are you taking the cup? Would you rather focus on the league?
This is probably our cup final. Nothing to lose. League is definitely more important.

6 – If your club was a footballer, who would it be and why?
Steve Bruce, always there but never picked to represent your country.

7 – The last decade for Gillingham fans seems to have been quite the rollercoaster, do you think the club are finally back on track?
League 1 is our level. We’ll always be down in the lowers leagues.

8 – What do you think of your manager? Should he have come back for a second stint?
Personally I find him boring. Don’t think he should have come back and I think we should have given a chance to someone younger with more dynamic ideas.

9 – Your club website is currently advertising for families with spare rooms to help accommodate young Gillingham footballers who are living away from home. If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
David Beckham. He would be a good example to my sons.

10 – Scoreline Prediction?
Gills 1 4 Newcastle.

brb

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season in League 1? What about Newcastle in the Premier League?
Hopefully mid-table, realistically struggling to avoid the drop on current form, dreaming outside play off challenge…then i wake up to realism again. What about Newcastle in the Premier League, no idea, don’t follow the Prem.

2 – Does your club have ambitions to make the Premier League? Is it realistic?
I’ve supported the Gills for 40+ years…realistic is lower leagues and that’s why i support my club…something most plastics today would never understand.

3 – What young players could make an impact?
Hessy, Dack

4 – Who is your most important player?
Stuart Nelson (Keeper) and he’s injured.

5 – How seriously are you taking the cup? Would you rather focus on the league?
League is priority, but this is one of those glamour days that don’t often come round.

6 – If your club was a footballer, who would it be and why?
Ron Hillyard, you won’t understand that and i’m not going to explain it.

7 – The last decade for Gillingham fans seems to have been quite the rollercoaster, do you think the club are finally back on track?
Lower league clubs can never be on a level playing field with Prem greed. Answer slightly not mirroring your question but the best it gets.

8 – What do you think of your manager? Should he have come back for a second stint?
No…but he’s here…so i will support him for now.

9 – Your club website is currently advertising for families with spare rooms to help accommodate young Gillingham footballers who are living away from home. If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
Wow good question…could be many but in current times…Luke Rooney, just so i could share my life experience wisdom’s with him and have got his head out of the clouds. Too late now.

10 – Scoreline Prediction?
Ain’t got a clue…in the past i would have happily have welcomed Newcastle to our sacred Priestfield Church…but sadly these days…well let’s wait and see…but we will probably get hammered.

town end

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season in League 1? What about Newcastle in the Premier League?
Reckon we’ll finish somewhere between 10th and 15th, don’t really know anything about newcastle’s team but for me a club of your size should be looking for Europa league qualification whether that be from league position or winning a cup

2 – Does your club have ambitions to make the Premier League? Is it realistic?
Our chairman wants premier league football but I don’t see it happening under his ownership, personally I would take it for 1 season just for the money which would keep our club going for years but I wouldn’t like to be an established side at that level and listening to the 30000 hangers on that would suddenly appear claiming they were at priestfield every week when we were struggling to stay in league football

3 – What young players could make an impact?
we have had a few players young players who have gone in to have decent if unspectacular careers at higher levels out of the current crop hessenthaler and Egan will be capable of playing higher provided they play regularly rather than move on to sitting on a premier league bench for seasons at a time

4 – Who is your most important player?
Most people I think would say Cody macdonald because he will always get you goals but for me this season I think doug loft as we have looked a lot more composed in midfield with him playing

5 – How seriously are you taking the cup? Would you rather focus on the league?
We’re never going to win it so a good payday that might fund another players wage has to be the aim, focusing on the league alone is ok if you have a decent chance of promotion otherwise it makes no real difference finishing 7th or 20th as there’s no prize money for league position at our level

6 – If your club was a footballer, who would it be and why?
Think it would have to be our very own Andy hessenthaler , not the best but you’ll know you’ve been in a game

7 – The last decade for Gillingham fans seems to have been quite the rollercoaster, do you think the club are finally back on track?
We’re where historically speaking we belong with 2/3rds of our history being in the third tier sometimes battling for promotion and sometimes battling against relegation (not always successfully) so aside from our 5 year stint in the championship we’ve been doing the same as always

8 – What do you think of your manager? Should he have come back for a second stint?
Peter Taylor got us promoted to the 2nd tier for the first time in our history so will always be well thought of in these parts for that and he kept us up last year when relegation looked nailed on so coming back in the short term was the right thing, in the long term only time will tell but he has earned the right to carry on for now

9 – Your club website is currently advertising for families with spare rooms to help accommodate young Gillingham footballers who are living away from home. If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
Adrian Pennock a fan favourite and always up for a laugh and a good time

10 – Scoreline Prediction?
1 – 1 after 90 mins toon to win 3 – 1 in extra time. Hoping I’m wrong but you should have too much for us

The Gills PegLeg

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season in League 1? What about Newcastle in the Premier League?
Lower mid table I would say, got a fairly young squad and there is enough quality in there to not get relegated but won’t really be able to do much more than that. You should be in and around the Europa league places but don’t see you breaking back into the top 4 anytime soon.

2 – Does your club have ambitions to make the Premier League? Is it realistic?
Our chairman does and I would say so does our younger fans. For me it all resides on building a new stadium which can generate a higher match day revenue than Priestfield currently does. If you want an example of this then look at Stoke and Swansea.

3 – What young players could make an impact?
Hessenthaler is solid in the middle, Egan at centre back looks very composed for his age. Dack is the only player with any particular flair to potentially cause you some problems tomorrow.

4 – Who is your most important player?
This season looks to be our captain Doug Loft who has already been instrumental in producing some key chances for our strikers Kedwell and McDonald. McDonald is our natural goalscorer and will get us 15-20 goals this season. Kedwell is absolute warhorse up front and although not your standard striker, works very hard for the team and still pops up with a fair few goals albeit from the penalty spot.

5 – How seriously are you taking the cup? Would you rather focus on the league?
A lot will be said that we will take them seriously so that there is potential bonus of funding from a cup run for a league one team but ultimately the league is the priority.

6 – If your club was a footballer, who would it be and why?
Our former player Charlie Lee, sometimes had moments of pure quality and also had moments where he would be so quiet you would get more sound from a library. Ultimately though a lot of tough challenges and a never say die attitude (he played on after getting knocked out and a concussion) which we pride ourselves on here.

7 – The last decade for Gillingham fans seems to have been quite the rollercoaster, do you think the club are finally back on track?
I started supporting us when we were in the Division One or Championship and after witnessing 2 promotions and 3 relegations I can comfortably say we are a League One sized club and this is probably where we belong. A new stadium could enable us to push on higher up the leagues but with our geographical location so close to London, many people will still continue to go and see Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham over us.

8 – What do you think of your manager? Should he have come back for a second stint?
I didn’t want him back and still not overly enamoured with him now but I appreciate that he has put his faith in younger players, albeit from other teams and not necessarily our own.

9 – Your club website is currently advertising for families with spare rooms to help accommodate young Gillingham footballers who are living away from home. If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the guy is a complete legend.

10 – Scoreline Prediction?
Gillingham 6-0 Newcastle. Why not?

The thread on their forums can be found here.

The Gills fans mostly think we’ll batter them, despite our poor recent history against lower league opposition. How do you think things will go? Have your say in our discussion thread here.

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