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Gillingham v Grimsby Preview

By: Alex Green
Date: 05/09/2008

THE Mariners hectic schedule pulls up down south at recently relegated Gillingham......... Woo-Hoo!

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The Opposition


Between the years 2004 and 2007 Gillingham clocked up as many managers as Martin Butler has miles. Eight managers in total have passed through The Gills' doors since Andy Hessenthaler last led a Gillingham team out against Town. The constant changing of managers could have something to do with Gillingham’s deep decline from playing in The Championship in 2005 to living it up down here in League Two.

The Team
Their relegation from League One, missing out safety by four points, would usually mean wholesale changes across the board. Mark Stimson (above) though was able to hold on to his position as manager and, with 41 games in charge of his first club Gillingham under his belt, it means the world of difference as stability seems to be exactly what the southerners need. Changes on the pitch weren’t spared: Delroy Facey (left), Danny Cullip, Barry Cogan, Efe Sodje and Aaron Brown all faced the axe and moved to their respective clubs. While Mark McCammon from Doncaster and Tyrone Berry from Stevenage were brought in as well as two Spurs loanees and Curtis Weston of Leeds was also brought in as a temporary replacement.

One to Watch
Nicky Southall. The former Mariners' midfielder and at one point goalkeeper (god that was years ago now) is back at Gillingham for the 3rd time - 4th if you count a loan period just before he signed again for his second period from Norwich. Though not likely to make much of an appearance its still nice to see old familiar faces and let's face it Lester did it on Wednesday, what’s the betting Southall will do it on Saturday?

Recent Form

WChesterfield (JPT)(a)2-2 (4-1p)
LBlackburn (LC)(a)1-4
Currently 9th in League Two.
Currently 16th in League Two.

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James Hunt1
Peter Till1
Tom Newey1
Danny North1
Nathan Jarman1

Team News (by Ryan Robinson)


  • Richard Hope (ankle) and Robbie Stockdale (calf) are still out of action.

  • Otherwise Alan Buckley looks to name an unchanged side, meaning a Till-Jarman partnership up front, and a place on the bench for Man City loanee Javan Vidal.

  • Squad From: Barnes, Clarke, Newey, Bennett, Heywood, Hegarty, Hunt, Boshell, Heslop, Till, Jarman, Llewellyn, Vidal, North, Montgomery, Taylor.
  • Gillingham have no injury worries and are expected to name an unchanged line-up.

  • Squad From: Simon Royce, Alan Julian, Chris Kiely, John Nutter, Barry Fuller, Danny Walder, Tom Wynter, Sean Clohessy, Garry Richards, Simon King, Leigh Mills, Nicky Southall, Stuart Lewis, Adam Miller, Mark Bentley, Charlie Howard, Tyrone Berry, Curtis Weston, Charlie Daniels, Rory Hill, Tayler Thomas, Simeon Jackson, Mark McCammon, Dennis Oli, Gary Mulligan, Luis Cumbers.
  • Squads

    1GKPhil Barnes
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFTom Newey
    4DFRyan Bennett
    5DFMatthew Heywood (c)
    6DFRichard Hope
    7MFPeter Till
    8MFPaul Bolland
    9FWMartin Butler
    10MFChris Llewellyn
    11MFDanny Boshell
    12DFJamie Clarke
    13GKGary Montgomery
    14MFJames Hunt
    15DFMatthew Bird
    16DFJavan Vidal
    17MFNick Hegarty
    18MFPeter Bore
    19FWDanny North
    20FWAndy Taylor
    21MFSimon Heslop
    22FWNathan Jarman
    23MFGrant Normington
    24GKLeigh Overton
    1GKSimon Royce
    2DFBarry Fuller
    3DFJohn Nutter
    4MFStuart Lewis
    5DFSimon King
    6DFGarry Richards
    7MFAndrew Crofts (team captain)
    8MFMark Bentley (club captain)
    9FWGary Mulligan
    10FWSimeon Jackson
    11MFNicky Southall
    13GKChris Kiely
    14MFAdam Miller
    15MFRory Hill
    16MFStuart Thurgood (on loan to Grays Athletic)
    17FWAndy Pugh (on loan to Folkstone Invicta)
    18MFTayler Thomas
    19DFSean Clohessy
    20MFCharlie Howard
    21FWDennis Oli
    22DFTom Wynter
    23GKAlan Julian
    24DFDanny Walder
    25FWLuis Cumbers
    26MFCurtis Weston
    27DFLeigh Mills (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
    28MFCharlie Daniels (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
    29MFTyrone Berry
    30FWMark McCammon

    Head to Head

    Town have a surprisingly good record against Gillingham, especially at Blundell Park. They have however lost their last three away games at Priestfield.

    P 35 W 15 D 9 L10 F40 A 33

    Gillingham Head-to-Head (19th on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Gillingham 3 Grimsby 0 (Sat 15th Feb 2003)

    Town were beaten comprehensively by the Gills, in a match which was over at half time as the Kent side were already 3-0 up.



    Can we have our first league win of the season please?

    Gillingham 0-1 Grimsby Town

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