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League One 2017-18: Gillingham

27 June 2017

We continue a new feature taking an in depth look at all the teams in Sky Bet League One for the 2017-18 campaign, looking at Gillingham.

Last season...

Final position: 20th (down 11 places from 2015-16)

Biggest win: 3-0 v Rochdale (26/11/16)

Heaviest defeat: 0-5 v Scunthorpe United (20/08/16), 0-5 v Tottenham Hotspur (21/09/16)

League Cup: 3rd round

FA Cup: 1st round

Checkatrade Trophy: Group stage

Manager: Adrian Pennock

After a youth career at Norwich City, Pennock signed on professional terms in 1989, remaining with the Canaries for a further three seasons, making one appearance. He went out on loan to Molde FK in 1991 before signing for Bournemouth in 1992. He'd remain on the south coast for four seasons, making around 130 appearances before making over 170 appearances for Gillingham in a seven year spell. In 2003, he signed for Gravesend and Northfleet, remaining there for two years before his retirement.

He took the managerial hotseat at Welling United between 2005 and 2007 before having a stint in charge of Forest Green Rovers between 2013 and 2016. He was appointed Head Coach at Gillingham at the start of 2017.

TEAMS FROM TO GAMES WON DRAWN LOST
Gillingham 04/01/17 Present 21 4 8 9
Forest Green Rovers 12/11/13 29/04/16 135 65 38 32

Transfer news...

IN: Alex Lacey (Yeovil Town, free), Luke O'Neill (Southend United, free), Gabriel Zakuani (Northampton Town, free), Thomas Eaves (Yeovil Town, free)

OUT: Emmanuel Osadebe (Cambridge United, free), Cody McDonald (AFC Wimbledon, free)

RELEASED: Mitch Dickenson, Rory Donnelly, Chris Herd, Ryan Jackson, Ollie Muldoon, Harry Newcombe, Zesh Rahman

Correct as of June 12, 2017      

PLAYER IN FOCUS    

Gabriel Zakuani

Gillingham made their third signing of the summer, welcoming experienced defender Gabriel Zakuani on a free transfer.

Zakuani, 30, follows hot on the heels of two other defensive signings, former Yeovil man Alex Lacey and Luke O'Neill from Southend, as Pennock sets about bolstering a defence that had major issues during the last campaign.

Pennock said: "I'm really pleased to get Gabriel on board. Naturally he was attracting interest from other clubs but I'm delighted he has committed his future to us for the forthcoming season.

"Along with Alex and Luke, he will provide stern competition for places in defence, and we very much look forward to working with him."

MEMS Priestfield Stadium

Capacity: 11,582

Distance to GP: 202 miles

Chairman Paul Scally has virtually redeveloped the entire stadium since taking over the club in 1995. On one side of the ground is a two-tiered Medway Stand, which was opened in 2000, with the Gordon Road Stand opposite, opened in 1997. 

Away supporters are located in the Brian Moore Stand which is a temporary stand that has been situated on top of an existing terrace. It can hold 1,500 supporters and has been in place since 2003. The stand is uncovered, although there are some sheltered seats made available in the Medway Stand.

Head-to-head record...

  Gillingham wins Draw Scunthorpe United wins
League 11 14 15
FA Cup 1 0 0
Total 12 14 15

Gillingham's biggest win: 7-2 (12/09/73)

Scunthorpe United's biggest win: 5-0 (20/08/16)

Memorable encounter...

Scunthorpe United (van Veen, 5, Morris, pen 20, 59, Clarke, 45, Hopper, 82) 5-0 Gillingham

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Iron put Gillingham to the sword and recorded their record win against the Kent opposition with a 5-0 demolition at Glanford Park.

Kevin van Veen fired in a 30-yard shot which looked to be an early sighter, only for Stuart Nelson to allow the effort to slip through his gloves and bounce into the net to make it 1-0. Former United midfielder Josh Wright then felled Josh Morris in the box to allow the latter to power home a penalty to double the lead.

Jordan Clarke was then left unmarked on the stroke of half time to head home a third, while Morris grabbed a brace as he struck in a long range daisy cutter, embarrassing Nelson once more.

Tom Hopper turned home the fifth with eight minutes on the clock following Hakeeb Adelakun's square ball and there was still time for substitute Scott Laird to spurn an opportunity for a sixth as his penalty was kept out by Nelson.

Sky Bet odds...

We've taken a look at the latest Sky Bet odds ahead of the League One campaign to see how the bookmakers think the Gills will fare in 2017-18.

Correct as of June 12, 2017

Outcome Position Odds
Outright Winner 21st 50/1
Promotion 24th 25/1
Top six 24th 12/1
Relegation 1st 11/8

For this and other odds visit skybet.com/scunthorpe.


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