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Match Preview: Swindon Town vs Gillingham

The latest league contest at The County Ground this evening

24 October 2023

Club News

Match Preview: Swindon Town vs Gillingham

The latest league contest at The County Ground this evening

24 October 2023

Town will be looking to continue their home unbeaten record this season as they will host Gillingham at The County Ground.

Gillingham enjoyed a great start to the season that saw them win seven out of their opening nine games.

The Gills they have lost their three most games, with the most recent coming against Notts County in a 2-1 defeat.

With such a strong record to the start to the season Gillingham have managed to stay very high up in League 2 sitting 9th position only a single point outside of the playoff zone.


A lowdown on the visitors:

Gillingham Football Club, known then as New Brompton FC, were formed at the Napier Arms pub in May 1893, but changed to the current name (Gillingham FC) in time for the 1912/13 season.

In 1920 the Gills became founder members of the Third Division; they would also be the first team to finish last in the Third Division that season.

In 1938 the club’s fifth re-election met with failure which meant they would lose their place in the football league and would be replaced by Ipswich Town.

However, in 1950 the football league increased the Third Division size from 22 to 24 and The Gills would be voted back into the football league and would introduce a crowd size of 19,525 to their first league fixture of the 1950/51 season.

Gillingham would finally have their league success at the end of their 1963/64 campaign as they won the Fourth Division on goal difference over Carlisle United.

Again, relegated in 1970/71, The Gills would see success again in the 1973/74 season finishing runners-up to Peterborough that saw club legend Brian Yeo equal the clubs goalscoring record in a season of 31 goals.

Gillingham also have some history with Swindon Town as in the infamous 1987 season, Gillingham would miss out on promotion as The Town would end up winning the playoffs in a replay at Selhurst Park with Swindon winning 2-0.

Gillingham can put a lot of recent success under former chairman Paul Scally who took over in the summer of 1995 and so much has been done since then.

The club’s unreal rise has consisted of four promotions, an appearance at Wembley and an appearance in the quarter-final of the FA Cup.

Tonu Pulis would be the manager to gain Gillingham’s promotion in the 1996/96 campaign with a goalless draw at Craven Cottage being enough.

After missing out on promotion to Division One in 1998/99 to a Manchester City team with Paul Dickov, it would be the following season that Gillingham put themselves amongst some of the greatest teams in England in the top two divisions as they beat Wigan Athletic 3-2 after being 2-1 down.

That same season would see Gillingham manage to reach the quarter finals of the FA Cup as they beat the likes of Cheltenham Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Bradford City along the way.

That would see them face a Chelsea team with stars like John Terry, Gianfranco Zola, George Weah and Marcel Desailly. This would also see The Gills lose 5-0.

After a difficult few years, Gillingham would see themselves return to League 1 football after spending numerous seasons in the new established Coca-Cola Championship, this would after a heart-breaking late goal from Nottingham Forest would send The Gills back down.

It would only be in 2007/08 season that Gillingham would see another relegation as they would sink from the Championship to League 2 within 5 years.

Martin Allen would help Gillingham gain promotion back to League 1 but would be sacked the season later due to poor form.

After nearly a decade of football in League 1 Gillingham would return to League 2 at the end of the 2021/22 season.

Last time out:

This fixture has been a more recent contest between the two sides, with The Gills being the most successful in this fixture with 2 wins in the last 4 meetings but the other 2 fixtures both being draws.

However, it was a six goal thriller that would be the most recent result, with Town captain Charlie Austin rescuing a point for Swindon after 4 goals in the first 13 minutes would see Gillingham 3-1 up before Austin levelling things in the 78th minute.

Head-to-head:

22/23: Swindon Town 3-3 Gillingham

22/23: Gillingham 0-0 Swindon Town

21/22: Swindon Town 1-3 Gillingham

21/22: Gillingham 2-0 Swindon Town

19/20: Swindon Town 3-1 Gillingham


Interim Manager: Keith Millen

Ex Brentford and Watford club hero Keith Millen is the current interim manager of Gillingham due to the sides recent sacking of Neil Harris.

Millen made over 300 appearances for Brentford and over 150 for Watford. He has also had managerial spells at Bristol City, Carlisle United, Orgryte IS and was also caretaker manager for Crystal Palace.

One to watch: Macauley Bonne

A Zimbabwe international who has a real eye for goal. Bonne started off his career at Colchester United making a total of 75 appearances for the Essex side before securing a move to Leyton Orient where he would score 45 goals in 90 games, which is equivalent to a goal every 2 games.

He had spells at Charlton, QPR and Ipswich before making his move to Gillingham where he has 4 goal contributions in 12 games for The Gills and will be keen to add to this.


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