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2015/16 preview - introducing Gillingham FC

6 June 2015

Meet Millwall's League One opponents

GILLINGHAM

Founded: 1893

Stadium: Priestfield Stadium

Nickname: The Gills

Position: 12th in League One

Manager: Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Justin Edinburgh took over the managerial position at Gillingham in February this year after the Kent club agreed compensation with Newport County to secure his services.

The Gills, who had been without a manager since parting company with Peter Taylor on New Year's Eve 2014, were impressed with the manner in which Newport had developed under Edinburgh during his four years in charge.

When Edinburgh joined County in October 2011 the team were entrenched in a relegation battle, but he steered them to safety in his first season, during which Newport also booked a trip to Wembley in the FA Trophy Final.

Just 12 months later Newport were back at Wembley, this time completing a 2-0 Play-Off Final win against Wrexham to reclaim their place in the Football League after a 25-year absence.

Their first season back produced a comfortable mid-table finish and Newport were sitting sixth in the table this year when Gillingham came calling for Edinburgh.

The 45-year-old, who cut his managerial teeth at non-league Billericay, Fisher and Grays, quickly settled into life at Priestfield and he will be looking to build on a promising 12th-placed finish and establish Gills as a promotion force this coming campaign.

Key Player: Tricky winger Jermaine McGlashan enjoyed a superb first season at Priestfield having signed for the club on a two-year deal in the summer of 2014 after rejecting a new deal at former club Cheltenham. 

Born in Croydon, 27-year-old McGlashan worked his way up the Football pyramid having begun his career as a youngtser at Tooting & Mitcham.

He moved to Staines Town in 2006 and thereafter followed stints at a number of non-league clubs including Kingstonian, Merstham and Ashford Town.

Aldershot snapped up the attacking midfielder on a one-year contract in the summer of 2010 and although this was later extended, Cheltenham captured McGlashan's signature in January 2012.

He went on to make 116 appearances and scored 13 goals during his time at Whaddon Road but opted for a new challenge with Gillingham last season - and the move to Kent has proved a dream so far with McGlashan chipping in five goals in his debut season and also developing a great understanding with prolific striker Cody McDonald.

Top scorer: Cody McDonald (18 goals)

Head-to-head: The Gills and Lions have met 94 times, and Millwall's win-ratio is nearly twice that of our Kent rivals with 47 victories from those previous encounters.

Gillingham have tasted victory on 26 occasions - most recently at Priestfield in September 2009 - with the remaining 21 games finishing all-square.

Last time we met: It was 10th April 2010 when these teams last locked horns and promotion-chasing Millwall looked every inch the part of a club in the ascendancy as they romped to a 4-0 win at The Den.

Shaun Batt put The Lions ahead after Danny Schofield played him through and Tony Craig doubled the lead, launching a spectacular looping volley into the top corner after Steve Morison's long throw ran loose.

Schofield jinked his way through on the hour mark to fire in the third before Neil Harris headed in a fourth to seal a resounding victory.

Millwall: Forde, Robinson, Craig, Ward, Smith, Schofield, Hackett, Abdou, Trotter (Barron, 80mins), Morison (Harris, 46mins), Batt (Obika, 75mins). Subs not used: Sullivan, Frampton, Laird, Alexander.
Scorers: Batt (27mins), Craig (35mins), Schofield (60mins), Harris (66mins)

Gillingham: Julian, Fuller, Nutter, Richards (Bentley, 51mins), Jackman, Dennehy (Gowling, 46mins), Lewis, Barcham, Miller, Jackson, Rowe (Maher, 76mins). Subs not used: Royce, Weston, Dickson, Oli.

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