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19 July 2013

Match Previews


19 July 2013

We look forward to the Lions visit tomorrow


Pre-season friendly
Saturday July 20 2013
MEMS Priestfield Stafdium
Kick-off: 12.30pm

The Gills go into the game on the back of a good workout against fellow Championship side Ipswich Town on Tuesday night which saw the Tractor Boys David October snatch a last-minute winner.

David McGoldrick's sweet free-kick had put the Suffolk side ahead in the first-half but Cody McDonald deservedly levelled matters just seconds after the restart.

Speaking after the midweek game Gills boss Martin Allen said: “We will put the strongest team out we can play.”

The three players who missed out on Tuesday, Charlie Allen (hip), Myles Weston (hamstring) and summer signing Amine Linganzi, who was allowed some extra days off, are all in the squad named by the Gillingham manager, as is trialist defender Bondz N'Gala.

That squad is - Nelson, Gowans, Fish, Martin, Legge, Barrett, Davies, Muggleton, N'Gala, Gregory, Dack, Linganzi, Whelpdale, Allen, Weston, Haysman, Kedwell, McDonald, German, Akinfenwa


For Millwall, Paul Robinson should be involved tomorrow having been rested in midweek but new signing Lee Martin has been ruled out of the trip to Priestfield after sustaining a knee injury in the friendly at Crawley last Saturday. Left-back Shane Lowry is also a doubt having only just returned to training following a thigh strain and striker John Marquis has a slight thigh problem. Liam Trotter is definitely out following knee surgery.
Referee: Mike Bull
Assistants: Stuart Butler & Ian Cooper
Fourth Official: Kevin Welsh

Ticket details for tomorrow are as follows:

Adults - £15
Senior Citizen - £10
Under 18’s - £5
Under 12’s – FREE (when accompanied by a ticket holding adult.* )

*Please note that concession tickets are not available in block D, E & F of the Medway Stand Lower

Please be aware that there will be no parking available at Woodlands Primary School.

Millwall opened their pre-season campaign with a 2-0 victory over Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium last Saturday thanks to goals from Jermaine Easter and Dany N’Guessan.
However things didn’t go to plan on Tuesday night when another League One side Brentford ran in three unanswered second-half goals at Griffin Park. Steve Lomas took the opportunity to give most of the club’s first-team squad a run out along with four trialist’s and a couple of youngsters.

Former Gillingham midfielder Steve Lomas was appointed as the new Lions manager in June after Kenny Jackett’s decision to leave the club at the end of last season. Joining Lomas, who arrived from Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone, on the management side are Mick Harford and Neil Harris.

Yesterday afternoon's arrival of midfielder Nicky Bailey brought the number of new players arriving in South London to five joining goalkeeper Stephen Bywater, midfielder Richard Chaplow from Southampton, winger Lee Martin and striker Steve Morison.

Bids are reported to have been made for Bristol City striker Steve Davies although the club have been linked with numerous other players throughout the summer.

Meanwhile Lomas seems undecided on four trialists, Lee Cook, Lee Croft, John Paintsil and Nicky Shorey, who have featured in pre-season, while fellow free agents Marlon Harewood and Frazer Richardson have also been training with the squad.

Of course the two sides have been regular foes in league football over the years but, when they have been in different divisions, there have been a number of games played in pre-season too, dating back to the first one in August 1972.

Most of these have been just friendlies but two were in the short-lived Kent Challenge Cup.

August 1972 – Gillingham 2-1 Millwall     Att: 2,914
The Gills scorers were Dave Peach converted a penalty and Alan Wilks

Damien Richardson looks to get between Lions legends Harry
Cripps (left) and Barry Kitchener at Priestfield in August 1974

August 1974 - Gillingham 0-3 Millwall     Att: 3,264
Millwall enjoyed a three-goal victory away romp thanks to goals from Gordon Hill, Derek Smethurst and Brian Clarke.

August 1975 – Millwall 3-1 Gillingham     Att: 2,590
Dick Tydeman scored the consolation in this Kent Challenge Cup tie at the Den

August 1976 – Gillingham 2-2 Millwall     Att: 2,519
A Danny Westwood double was enough to earn a draw in another KCC game – the Lions replied through Terry Brisley and John Seasman

August 1982 – Millwall 2-1 Gillingham
Trialist Steve Butler was on target for the Gills in this private friendly played at the home of Fisher Athletic in Rotherhithe.

August 1987 – Millwall 2-1 Gillingham
A fourth minute Brian Horne own goal put the Gills ahead before Terry Hurlock and Keith Stevens won it for the Lions. Both sides missed penalties - Shearer for Gills and Dave Mehmet for Millwall - Tony Cascarino, a £200,000 summer signing from the Gills, played his first game in the Lions colours.

August 1988 – Millwall 2-4 Gillingham
Goals from Gavin Peacock, Gary Abbott, Jason Lillis and Andy Perry saw the Gills to victory in a ‘behind closed doors’ game.

August 1991 – Gillingham 1-1 Millwall     Att: 2,259
A 1-1 draw at Priestfield saw Mark O'Connor put the Gills ahead early on but Paul Kerr equalised from the spot in the 25th minute

July 2005 – Millwall 2-2 Gillingham     Att: 1,463
Darius Henderson & Darren Byfield put the Neale Cooper’s Gills two-up at the New Den with just 21 minutes on the clock but the Millwall hit back to level through a double from Barry Hayles.

July 23 2011 – Gillingham 0-1 Millwall
John Marquis won this feisty lunchtime kick-off for the Lions with a last minute header

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