The voting is open for fans to select their all-time favourite Gills centre-forwardTo celebrate the first season of Priestfield’s new Legends Lounge experience, throughout the 2013/14 campaign, we’ve been asking fans to vote for what they consider to be their greatest all-time Gills XI.
Thanks to all our supporters that voted for their ultimate attacking midfielders last month, hundreds of you voted, and we’ll be announcing the results very soon.
Meanwhile voting is now open for the coveted striking positions which will be the final shirts added to our Legends Lounge Wall of Fame. The competition is very strong, so here’s our shortlist for Gillingham’s greatest strikers, or you can email your own suggestions to us by using email@example.com
Signed from Reading for a club record fee of £590,000 “Sarbs” became an instant hit with Gillingham supporters, smashing 23 goals in all competitions in his debut season 1998/99, including our first in the Play-Off Final against Manchester City.
Damien joined the Gills from Shamrock Rovers in 1972 and made an instant impact, top-scoring for the club in 1972/73. His partnership with Brian Yeo and Alan Wilks powered the Gills to promotion in 1973/74 and after notching 102 goals in 357 games he went on to manage the club from 1989-92.
One of the quickest centre-forward’s ever to feature for the club, Danny was brought to Gillingham by Gerry Summers as a replacement for the recently retired Brian Yeo. He played 238 times in a six season spell, scoring 77 league and cup goals.
A strong and aggressive centre-forward, Pat’s unrivalled ability to hang in the air made him a lethal predator from crosses and set-pieces. An equally good finisher with his feet, he plundered 66 goals in 119 outings for the Gills, scoring over 20 goals in each of his three seasons at the club.
Famously captured from non-league Crockenhill for a set of tracksuits, Cas went on to score 110 goals in 269 appearances for the Gills. He was named Gillingham’s Player of the Year in 1986/87 after scoring 30 goals in all competitions, including five in our victorious two-legged Play-Off semi-final against Sunderland.
A powerhouse striker, Ken joined the Gills in December 1976 to provide some steel alongside Danny Westwood in attack. Equally dangerous in the air and on the deck, he netted 89 goals in seven seasons at Priestfield.
Signed from Grimsby in August 1984, “Shakey” obtained cult-hero status at Gillingham, as much for his off-field exploits as for his outstanding displays in Keith Peacock’s free-scoring side. His record of 50 goals in 119 outings gives Shearer one of the best goals per game ratios in the club’s history.
Signed in 1953, Ernie scored 21 goals in his first season with Gillingham but bettered that the following season by scoring 31 goals, a club record that was only equalled by his good friend Brian Yeo in 1973/74 and remains unbeaten to this day.
Gillingham’s Player of the Year in 1987/88, Steve scored 25 League goals in his first full campaign, after signing from Millwall, and went on to top-score for the club in each of his first four seasons, netting 94 goals in 233 League appearances.
Signed from Brentford in 1998, “Super Bob” had a dream first season for the Gills, smashing 21 goals in all competitions in 1998/99, including our second against Manchester City in the Play-Off Final, and all five goals in Gillingham’s 0-5 away win at Burnley in February 1999.
The most prolific goal-scorer in Gillingham’s 121 year history, Brian netted 149 times in all competitions in a 12 year career at Priestfield, playing a part in both our 1963/64 Division Four Championship side and the team that clinched promotion to Division Three a decade later.
There are three ways for supporters to vote:
Via Twitter @TheGillsFC using the hashtag #GreatestStriker
Via Facebook on GillinghamFootballClubOfficial comment using GreatestStriker
Via email to firstname.lastname@example.org subject title GreatestStrike