Plus news of a new contract for one of the Gills record breaking back four

Good morning and a special thank you to the 388 supporters that made the journey up to Northampton last night. It really is a buzz to see so many people there and it wasn’t an easy second half to watch but our players hung in there, got the all-important second goal and wrapped up the three points in the bag for the journey home.

I can’t deny it’s a lovely feeling to be the manager of a group of players, staff and supporters that have created history by winning five consecutive league away games.

Also I’m very pleased Andy Hessenthaler has sorted out with the Chairman a new contract for Fish. Fish has been outstanding, he will only get better, and better, and better.

Fish is a good person, has a great attitude and I am delighted that the supporters have warmed to him, have embraced him and are now seeing a proper decent player, without giving him a good grilling! As we all know, knocking anybody in society or on the football pitch has no benefit.

Jack Evans and Alex Brown have both gone on loan to Corby Town. An old player of mine, Chris Plummer, is the manager there and I know both players will be looked after and, of course, do a good job for Corby.

Both lads have a great attitude and it will do them both good to get regular football in a competitive environment. It has been difficult for both of them to break into the first team squad due to the number of players Mr Scally has let me bring in. I’m sure it has been very frustrating for them both.

Mark Patterson has worked them hard and has had nothing but praise for both lads. Hopefully, towards the end of the season, I will be able to put them into the first team.

By the way, our training ground is always open and welcoming to our supporters. I do not know why I forgot to invite you all to our training ground, any day. We generally train Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and you can always check with our media department before setting off.

The players have to be at the training ground at 10.30am for a 10.45 start and if you are bored, out of work and fed up I guarantee we will make you welcome and make you happy. I don’t care how many turn up, it really doesn’t matter.

If you can make it there on Saturday it would be great, if not I’m sure you’ll be stuck to the radio, the TV or whatever gadget you can get the scores on nowadays!

Take care