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17 January 2014

We look back at some of our greatest matches against Saturday's opposition

Over the years we’ve had some outstanding games against Saturday’s opponents Swindon Town, and we’ve trawled through the archives to deliver some of our best moments against the Robins.

The two clubs have met on 91 occasions with Swindon edging the head to head statistics, but over the years Gills have put in some fantastic displays in some unforgettable games.

Saturday 8 August 2009 – Gillingham 5-0 Swindon

Mark Stimson took charge of his first ever League One clash at MEMS Priestfield Stadium, but even in his wildest dreams he couldn’t have envisaged his Gills side putting five past their opponents on the opening day of the 09/10 campaign.

Simeon Jackson struck a hat-trick with Mark Bentley and Adam Miller grabbing the other goals in a thoroughly dominant display, temporarily putting Gills at the top of the league.

You can see highlights of that game on gfcofficial here.

Saturday 14 January 2006 – Gillingham 3-0 Swindon

Over three years prior and Ronnie Jepson was the man at the helm when Gills clinched another memorable victory against the Robins.

Another clean sheet was obtained while Darren Byfield, Michael Flynn and Neil Harris got the goals at the other end.

Jason Brown, Ian Cox and Danny Spiller, all of which have returned to the club as Legends this season, were in the starting line-up that day.

Friday May 22 1987 – Gillingham 1-0 Swindon

Quite possibly the club’s biggest ever game against the Robins – the 1987 third division play-off final saw the two teams come up against each other in a tie which would eventually be decided with a third leg with the aggregate scores level after the two scheduled games.

The first of which, held at Priestfield, saw Dave Smith seal a late victory from a free kick outside the area to send the 17,000 plus fans wild inside the ground.

You can see highlights of that game here, and at the bottom of this page.

Saturday January 10 1976 – Gillingham 3-2 Swindon

In a cracking end to end encounter at Priestfield, the home side eventually ran out winners by the odd goal.

Damien Richardson, Danny Westwood and Joe Durrell got the vital goals as the visitors narrowly missed out on taking something from the match.

Read our match preview ahead of tomorrow’s game here.

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