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4 March 2013

The Gills continue their great season by equalling another record

Following on from registering their record-breaking 11th league victory away from home last weekend at Chesterfield, and a fifth successive away game without conceding, the Gills were at it again on Saturday.

Leon Legge’s 75th minute header not only earned the Gills a point in the 1-1 draw at Aldershot but it also made it ten consecutive league games without defeat on their travels, six wins and four draws, dating back to October which equalled another club record set by side the Division Four promotion winning side of 1973-74.

Since the 2-1 reversal at Torquay, Martin Allen’s side have won at AFC Wimbledon (1-0), Bradford City (1-0), Bristol Rovers (2-0), Chesterfield (1-0), Rotherham United (2-1) and Southend United (1-0) while also previously picking up points from draws at Accrington Stanley, Plymouth Argyle and York City.

Back in 1973 it started on October 20 when David Peach, Brian Yeo (2) and Damien Richardson were on target in a 4-2 victory over Chester City at Sealand Road.

Wins followed at Brentford (3-0), Darlington (3-1), Doncaster Rovers (2-1), Lincoln City (3-2), Reading (1-0 - see photo's) while they drew at Bradford City, Mansfield Town, Newport County and Scunthorpe United.

The run finally came to an end on February 17 1974 when the Gills lost 3-2 to Bury at Gigg Lane.

If you wanted to compare the records of the two then it would be difficult to split them. The current side have kept six clean sheets while Andy Nelson’s team managed three but on the goalscoring front there have been 12 goals this time round compared to 22 previously.

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