The Garden Of England - A Gillingham FC Story

Sep 7, 2012
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Gillingham Football Club

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Club Information

Year Founded: 1893
Operating Status: Professional
Nickname:The Gills
Chairman Status: Loves The Club
Legends: Andy Hessenthaler
Icons: Steve Bruce, Robert Taylor, Mark Saunders, Keith Peacock, Ron Hillyard, Paulo Gazzaniga
Favoured Personnel: Jim Stannard, Barry Ashby, Joe Dunne, Nicky Southall, Iffy Onuora, Adrian Pennock, Peter Taylor, Tony Pulis, Vince Bartram
Rivals: Charlton, Swindon, Millwall, Dover, Maidstone, Fulham, Brighton
Finances: Okay
Estimated Value: £2,400,000 (Loan Debt: £1,800,000)
Media Prediction: 1st
Squad Personality: Determined
Captain: Danny Kedwell
Vice Captain: Andy Frampton

Stadium: Priestfield
Stadium Capacity: 11,440
Training Ground: Beechings Cross, Gillingham

Board Expectation: Promotion
Transfer Budget: £50,000
Wage Budget: £23,316
Current Wage Bill: £21,040


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Director Of Football 1/1
Head Of Youth Development 1/1
Assistant Manager 1/1
Coach 1/3
Goalkeeping Coach 2/1
Fitness Coach 1/0
Physio 1/1
Scout 0/3

Pre Season Fixtures

Sat 21/07/12 – Boreham Wood (Away)
Tue 24/07/12 – Chelmsford (Away)
Sat 28/07/12 – Paris Saint-Germain Reserves (Home)
Tue 31/07/12 – Bolton (Home)
Sat 04/08/12 – Dover (Away)
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Pre Season


Saturday 21st July 2012
Pre Season Friendly
Boreham Wood 0 – 3 Gillingham
Birchall (47, 54)
Weston (67)

Tuesday 24th July 2012
Pre Season Friendly
Chelmsford 0 – 2 Gillingham
Weston (54, 66)

Saturday 28th July 2012
Pre Season Friendly
Gillingham 3 – 3 Paris Saint-Germain Reserves
Robinson (29) Ongenda (24, 42)
Burton (57) Dubois (88)
Miller (79)

Tuesday 31st July 2012
Pre Season Friendly
Gillingham 0 – 1 Bolton

Saturday 4th August 2012
Dover 0 – 0 Gillingham



Alan Dunne – Millwall (Season Long Loan)

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Stephen McLaughlin – Nottingham Forest (Season Long Loan)

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Robin Shroot – Stevenage (Season Long Loan)
£3,500 Loan Fee Per Month
£500 Wage Contribution Per Week

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Joe Whight – Ipswich (One Month Loan)

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Jermaine Easter – Crystal Palace (Season Long Loan)

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Ryan Fredericks – Tottenham (One Month Loan)

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Chinedu Vine – Free Transfer

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Jake Hessenthaler – Bromley (Season Long Loan)

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Josh Hare – Dartford (Season Long Loan)

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Bradley Dack – Luton (Season Long Loan)

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Devante McKain – Eastleigh (Season Long Loan)

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Gavin Tait – Chief Scout

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Guy Ipoua – Scout

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Iwan Roberts – Coach

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Mark Bonner – Coach

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Ashley Lawrence - Coach

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Carl Muggleton – Goalkeeping Coach

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Other News

Goalkeeping Coach Ron Hillyard has started work on gaining his Continental A License. Ron will complete the course after roughly 12 months of study at a cost of £3,000.

In the Capital One Cup First Round draw Gillingham were drawn away to League 1 side Bournemouth. The tie will take place at Dean Court on Tuesday 14th August 2012.

Before the first pre season game left back Joe Martin sustained a sprained ankle after falling awkwardly during a training session. With Martin likely to be out for between 6-7 weeks it means that he will miss all of pre season.

After scoring two goals in the pre season friendly against Boreham Wood Adam Birchall suffered a damaged elbow due to falling heavily during the game. Luckily Birchall will only be out for about 2-3 weeks so should recover in time for the start of the new season.

Gillingham's game against Chesterfield on Saturday 13th October 2012 has been brought forward to a 13:15 KO as it is being given live television coverage. We will receive about £10,000 in television money for this game.

In his first game for the club right midfielder Robin Shroot picked up a twisted knee in the friendly against Bolton. As he is on a season long loan he shall be staying with the club although he is expected to be out of action for about 3 weeks.

In our final pre season game against Dover Chris Whelpdale suffered a torn groin muscle. With my other right midfielder Robin Shroot out injured as well I may draught in another loanee as Chris is expected to be out for around 2 months.

Before the first game of the season I had to select who would be my captain and vice captain for the forthcoming season. I decided to stick with Danny Kedwell as captain but replaced Andy Frampton with Charlie Lee for the vice captain position.
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August 2012


Tuesday 14th August 2012
Capital One Cup First Round
Bournemouth 0 – 1 Gillingham
Barrett (89)

Saturday 18th August 2012
Npower League 2
Gillingham 3 – 1 York
Kedwell (67, 76) Walker (69)
Frampton (88)

Tuesday 21st August 2012
Npower League 2
Exeter 3 – 3 Gillingham
Molesley (39) Easter (5)
O'Flynn (73, 90) Robinson (37)
Kedwell (70)

Saturday 25th August 2012
Npower League 2
Gillingham 0 – 1 Fleetwood
Howell (65)

Tuesday 28th August 2012
Capital One Cup Second Round
Aston Villa 7 – 0 Gillingham
Bannan (Pen 11)
Holman (14, 63, 66, 85)
Weimann (23)
Benteke (45+1)

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David Goldsmith – Free Transfer

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Chinedu Vine – Salisbury (Season Long Loan)

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Other News

In the Capital One Cup First Round game against Bournemouth vice captain Charlie Lee suffered strained ankle ligaments. Unfortunately Lee will be out for about 5-6 weeks.

In the Johnstone's Paint Trophy First Round draw Gillingham where drawn away to fellow League 2 side Dagenham & Redbridge. The game will be played at Victoria Road on Tuesday 4th September 2012.

Gillingham Reserve manager Mark Patterson has started studying to gain his Continental B License. The course will take about 6 months to complete and will cost roughly £1,200. Luckily Patterson will be covering the cost himself.

During the heavy defeat in the Capital One Cup match against Aston Villa Adam Birchall suffered his second injury of the season after spraining his ankle whilst landing awkwardly during the game. Birchall will be out for about 6-7 weeks.

On the 29th August Joe Whight's loan deal from Ipswich expired. Joe made 5 appearances for the club with an average rating of 6.28.
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September 2012


Saturday 1st September 2012
Npower League 2
Gillingham 0 – 2 Southend
Benyon (11)
Laird (43)

Tuesday 4th September 2012
Johnstone's Paint Trophy South First Round
Dagenham & Redbridge 2 - 1 Gillingham
Rowe (58) Lewington (OG 10)
Ogogo (80)

Saturday 8th September 2012
Npower League 2
Barnet 1 – 1 Gillingham
Byrne (Pen 70) Kedwell (77)

Tuesday 11th September 2012
Npower League 2
Bristol Rovers 0 - 1 Gillingham
Easter (49)

Saturday 15th September 2012
Npower League 2
Gillingham 0 – 2 Burton
Maghoma (49)
Kee (77)

Tuesday 18th September 2012
Npower League 2
Port Vale 3 – 5 Gillingham
Jones (28) Robinson (22)
Bignall (32) Kedwell (26, 43)
Pope (74) Easter (40)
Weston (68)

Saturday 22nd September 2012
Npower League 2
Torquay 4 - 3 Gillingham
Howe (3, 62) Barrett (38)
Stevens (30) Legge (40)
Bodin (73) Burton (69)

Saturday 29th September 2012
Npower League 2
Gillingham 0 – 0 Accrington

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Callum Davies – Braintree (Season Long Loan)

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Joe Carter – Forest Green (Season Long Loan)

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Other News

Three of Gillingham's players have been called up for international duty this month. The three players are:
Chinedu Vine (Nigeria Under 20s)
David Goldsmith (Wales Under 19s)
Robin Shroot (Northern Ireland)

Tottenham loanee Ryan Fredericks loan spell with the club finished after the Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Dagenham. Ryan made 5 appearances for the club contributing with 2 assists and an average rating of 6.86.

Recently appointed coach Mark Bonner has started work on his Continental B License. The course should take roughly 6 months to complete and will cost the club £1,200.
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