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A win to stay in the Competition?

Town Win
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Gills Win
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Draw
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Total votes: 10

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Ipswich Town vs Gillingham FC Preview & Matchday Thread (Football League Trophy)

Post by Frosty » Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:20 pm

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Tuesday 6th October 2109 – 19:00


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Pre-Match Thoughts - Mike



A Decent Point Or A Rude Awakening ?

Depending on if you are Glass half empty or a Glass half full man the One all draw at Stadium MK can be viewed however you choose to view, for me given the circumstances it has to be a point gained. At the final whistle I felt we deserved nothing over the Ninety minutes, while the first half was pretty even we really failed to show up after the break and by the close were fortunate to see the Ten men of Town hold out for what could be a valuable away point.

I do however feel that things conspired against us a bit, the tide definitely started to turn when we lost Stephen Ward to injury, they also got away with One when their guy kicked Chambers off the ball and got away with a yellow when even the MK Dons reporters said it should have been a straight Red, you just knew the double whammy would come when the same player scores the equaliser, I guess that's the way it goes but had that goal machine Freddie Sears buried what was for most strikers a very good chance we would have been Two up and in control.

Having made all Three subs it was somewhat harsh to then lose Flynn Downes to injury and in doing we get reduced to Ten men for the final Quarter of the game, thankfully we defended manfully and Toto Nsiala again showed how improved he is this season with another assured defensive performance to hold the back row together as the Dons came looking for a winner, James Wilson alongside him also did well and while it was hardly a backs to the wall performance we did see it out somewhat against the odds for what for me was a definite point gained.

I do find the post match opinions of some a bit OTT but that said we all have an opinion, whether we agree with each others is another thing but for me 10/12 from our opening Four League games is good and while they are not against the "Top Sides" these teams we have beaten are taking points off fancied sides so maybe we should be cutting the lads some slack. The injury situation shows no sign of abating and we know have to wait and see what the severity of the injuries are to Stephen Ward & Flynn Downes, hopefully they will not be as bad as they first looked.


We Could Do Without This........

Tuesday night see's us up against Gillingham in the pointless EFL Trophy and while I never want us to lose I think very few Town fans would be overly upset at elimination from this competition. Having lost our opening fixture to Arsenal's U23's defeat here would see us depart the tournament and Paul Lambert has already made it clear it will be a much changed team with the emphasis on youth, in some ways that does give these kids a chance to get some first team action so it is not all bad but we can definitely do without risking anyone else to injury with so many important games coming up.

I have no idea how the Gills will approach this game but from our point of view it would be good to see the likes of McGuinness, Dobra, Woolfenden, Cornell, Donacien, Folami etc make up the side as they could still put in a decent effort. Heart says a win, head says a defeat, who knows, does it really matter ? COYB'S.




The Opposition – Gillingham



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The local success of a junior football side, Chatham Excelsior F.C., encouraged a group of businessmen to meet with a view to creating a football club which could compete in larger competitions. New Brompton F.C. was formed at the meeting, held on 18 May 1893.

The founders also purchased the plot of land which later became Priestfield Stadium. The new club played its first match on 2 September 1893, losing 1–5 to Woolwich Arsenal's reserve side in front of a crowd of 2,000. New Brompton were among the founder members of the Southern League upon its creation in 1894, and were placed in Division Two. They were named Champions in the first season (1894–95) going on to defeat Swindon Town in a test match to win promotion.

In the seasons that followed, the club struggled in Division One, finishing bottom in the 1907–08 season, avoiding relegation only due to expansion of the league. Whilst the club's league performance was disappointing, the side did manage a famous cup victory over Football League First Division Sunderland and held Manchester City to a draw before losing in the replay. In 1912 the directors passed a resolution to change the club's name to Gillingham F.C., and the team played under this name throughout the 1912–13 season, although the change was not officially ratified by the shareholders until the following year. The team finished bottom of Division One in the 1919–20 season but for a third time avoided relegation, due to the subsequent elevation of all Southern League Division One clubs to form the new Football League Division Three.

In the first season of the newly created Football League Division Three, the 1920–21 season, Gillingham again finished bottom, and in the years to follow there was little improvement on this, the club continually finishing in the lower reaches of the bottom division.

In 1938 the team finished bottom of the Third Division (South) and were required to apply for re-election for the fifth time since joining the league. This bid for re-election failed, with Gillingham returning to the Southern League and Ipswich Town being promoted in their place.

Gillingham quickly established themselves as one of the stronger sides in the league, winning a local double of the Kent League and Kent Senior Cup in the 1945–46 season. In the 1946–47 season the team won both the Southern League Cup and the Southern League championship, during which they recorded a club record 12–1 victory over Gloucester City. The Gills also won the league title in 1948–49.
In 1950, plans were announced to expand the Football League Division Three (South) from 22 to 24 teams and, taking into account their local success in the interim, Gillingham were re-elected to the Football League with a landslide vote.

The team spent eight seasons in Division Three (South) before the restructuring of the league system for the 1958–59 season saw them placed in the newly created Fourth Division. They remained in this division until 1964, when manager Freddie Cox led them to promotion, winning the first championship in the club's history. The team finished the season level on 60 points with Carlisle United, but with a fractionally better goal average (1.967 against 1.948), which was the tightest league title finish in Football League history.

After relegation back to the Fourth Division in 1970–71, the Gills were soon promoted back to the Third Division in the 1973–74 season. After this the club seemed to find its level in Division Three, regularly mounting a challenge for promotion which ultimately fell short each time, never more so than in 1986–87 when they reached the play-offs only to lose in the final to Swindon Town. During this period the club produced future stars Steve Bruce and Tony Cascarino, who was famously bought from non-league Crockenhill in exchange for a set of tracksuits.

In 1987, the Gills hit the headlines when, on consecutive Saturdays, they beat Southend United 8–1 and Chesterfield 10–0, the latter a club record for a Football League match. Just a few months later, however, manager Keith Peacock was controversially sacked, and within 18 months the club had fallen into Division Four. The ensuing spell in the lower division brought little success, and in the 1992–93 Division Three campaign the Gills narrowly avoided relegation to the Football Conference.

Beset with financial problems, the club went into administration in January 1995, and by the end of the 1994–95 season faced the threat of being expelled from the Football League and closed down. In June 1995, however, a London-based businessman, Paul Scally, stepped in and bought the club. He brought in new manager Tony Pulis, who led Gillingham to promotion in his first season, finishing second in the old Division Three (now Football League Two).

In 1999 the Gills made the play-offs but lost in the Division Two play-off final to Manchester City. The Gills were 2–0 up with less than two minutes left only to see City score twice, the equaliser in injury time, and go on to win 3–1 in a penalty shoot-out. Soon after the play-off loss, Pulis was sacked for gross misconduct, and Peter Taylor appointed manager. In the 1999–00 season Gillingham qualified for the play-offs again, where they faced Wigan Athletic in the final at Wembley Stadium. The game finished 1–1 after 90 minutes, but, thanks to goals in extra time from substitutes Steve Butler and Andy Thomson, the Gills won 3–2 and were promoted to Division One for the first time.

Taylor then left to manage Leicester City, and Andy Hessenthaler was appointed as player-manager. He led the club to their best ever league finish of eleventh in the 2002–03 season, but the following season saw the club narrowly avoid relegation on goal difference. Hessenthaler resigned as manager in November 2004, and new boss Stan Ternent was unable to prevent the Gills' relegation to League One.

At the end of the 2007–08 season the club was relegated again, this time to League Two, but an immediate return to the third level was secured via the play-offs after beating Shrewsbury Town.

In the 2009–10 season, however, the Gills slipped into the bottom four on the last day, and were relegated back to League Two, having failed to win a single away game in the league all season. This resulted in manager Mark Stimson having his contract terminated, and Andy Hessenthaler was appointed as manager of the club for the second time. At the start of the 2012–13 season Hessenthaler was replaced by Martin Allen, who led the club to promotion as League Two champions in his first season in charge. However, shortly after winning League Two, Martin Allen was sacked in what many saw as a "surprise sacking" after a poor start to the season.

Peter Taylor returned for a second spell in charge, but following his sacking in December 2014 he was replaced by Justin Edinburgh which saw the Gils finish in 12th place.

The 2015–16 was his first full season in charge, Edinburgh led the Gills to a second-place position at Christmas, after a 3–0 victory against Millwall. Gillingham had also managed to defeat League favourites Sheffield United, with a 4–0 victory on the first day of the season. However, after a run of bad injuries to crucial players, Gillingham slipped to a ninth-place finish in League One, after losing on the last day of the season, against Millwall.

Edinburgh was sacked on 3 January 2017, along with his entire coaching team, with the club placed 17th in League One.

On 21 May 2019, Steve Evans was announced as the new manager of Gillingham and began his role on 1 June 2019.

Last season Gillingham finished one place above Town in 10th place.


The Manager – Steve Evans



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Match Referee – Charles Breakspear



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IPSWICH TOWN 1 GILLINGHAM 0

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Post by marko69 » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:06 am

Think Steve Evans needs to get some constipation medication. Jaysus H man, you’ll pop yer piles at that rate.

Agree totally with everything in the preview, especially regarding the importance of the EFL Trophy. If I was Lambo I’d be playing the kitchen staff and the janitors. Serious injury to anyone at all v Gillingham in the EFL Trophy would be highly irritating.
Regarding OTT opinions....... (hand raised) ..... that’s me, but only for around an hour after the final whistle, then it goes away, Hibs or Ipswich, couldn’t give two fks by 6pm.
I just fully expected another win v MKD. Sort of watched them a bit closer when Neilson was boss and just feel they’re a half arsed nothing Club. Thought Ipswich Town were going to cement that belief by convincingly humping them with the help of Paul Lamberts champions league winner nous!!

Close fought 2-1 win at PR tonight, but if defeated, really will not care a single jot.

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Post by hallamblue » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:13 am

Think it’ll be a Gills win vs our kids by and large . Css as my day I’m unduly bothered snd think given the CoVid situation ...... why the hell is this competition even being run???

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hallamblue wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:13 am
Think it’ll be a Gills win vs our kids by and large . Css as my day I’m unduly bothered snd think given the CoVid situation ...... why the hell is this competition even being run???
Agree completely. I can't even be bothered to listen. Assuming the kids play, it would be nice if they put in a good performance.

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Post by Dubai Blue » Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:22 pm

Yes agree with that last post especially as if the injuries keep coming they might need to be ready to step into the first team.

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Post by Bluemike » Tue Oct 06, 2020 6:57 pm

He only has to play Cornell and Lankester at Blackpool and he'll even avoid the fine.

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Post by tangfastic » Tue Oct 06, 2020 6:59 pm

Is Ndaba at LB? Thought Smith would be there.

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Post by Bluemike » Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:11 pm

Yes Ndaba at LB

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Post by Andym » Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:25 pm

Anyone know how seriously Gillingham are taking it? Is it a strong tram they've put out? Or similar to ours?

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Post by Bluemike » Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:29 pm

They've made changes but more experienced than ours by a fair bit

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Post by Kerry Blue » Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:49 pm

Baggott has seen plenty of the ball and played one lovely pass.

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Post by Andym » Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:49 pm

Seem to be doing ok by the sound of it. Woolfenden doesn't seem to be imposing himself on the game.

Not watching, listening when my wife stops talking....

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Andym wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:49 pm
Seem to be doing ok by the sound of it. Woolfenden doesn't seem to be imposing himself on the game.

Not watching, listening when my wife stops talking....
Tell her to shut up then. Bloody modern life.

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Post by Bluemike » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:00 pm

We've done ok, Dobra is very skilful, Baggott at CB has done very well, he's confident bringing the ball out of defence and looks for a pass, his positional play is good too, very impressed with him.

Ndaba at LB is very cool too but I can't help but feel he's wasted out there, as stated above Woolfy isn't as good as he thinks he is.

Chance wise Cornell made one good save while Folami had our Two main chances, one he side footed to the keeper and other passed the post when he really should have scored.

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Post by number 9 » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:08 pm

Is Dobra good enough for the first team?

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Post by Bluemike » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:14 pm

Cracking goal from Dobra !!!!

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Post by tangfastic » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:15 pm

Dobra. What a goal.

He’s like a young Freddie Sears.

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Post by Kerry Blue » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:16 pm

If he can do that often yes 👏👏

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Post by Bluemike » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:19 pm

tangfastic wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:15 pm
Dobra. What a goal.

He’s like a young Freddie Sears.
That's some insult lol

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Post by tangfastic » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:23 pm

:D
Bluemike wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:19 pm
tangfastic wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:15 pm
Dobra. What a goal.

He’s like a young Freddie Sears.
That's some insult lol

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Post by Kerry Blue » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:23 pm

Maybe play Ndaba left back on Saturday? assuming that Ward is not fit.

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Post by Bluemike » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:32 pm

2-0 Folami
Super work by Liam Gibbs

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Post by patthegimp » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:40 pm

Dobra subbed. On bench on Saturday?

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Post by marko69 » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:45 pm

tangfastic wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:52 pm
Andym wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:49 pm
Seem to be doing ok by the sound of it. Woolfenden doesn't seem to be imposing himself on the game.

Not watching, listening when my wife stops talking....
Tell her to shut up then. Bloody modern life.
:lol: :lol: :lol: Bloody modern life!! Superb.

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Post by Andym » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:48 pm

Bluemike wrote:
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Woolfy isn't as good as he thinks he is.
No. I always felt he struggled without Chambers holding his hand.

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Post by Andym » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:57 pm

A bit of a win-win tonight. Didn't care if we lost but good to hear a few youngsters playing well. Sounded a decent performance. Looking forward to reports and comments ftom this email who forked out to watch.

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Post by Bluemike » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:58 pm

Finished 2-0, very impressed by the kids, Dobra and Baggott the stand out players but Ndaba, Folami, Simpson, Gibbs and McGavin all did well. Woolfy improved 2nd half while Lankester, Donacien and Cornell all error free. Same again at Crawley and let's see if they can get through.

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Post by Andym » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:59 pm

tangfastic wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:52 pm
Andym wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:49 pm
Seem to be doing ok by the sound of it. Woolfenden doesn't seem to be imposing himself on the game.

Not watching, listening when my wife stops talking....
Tell her to shut up then. Bloody modern life.
I respect her too much.

OK, I respect her cooking too much.

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Post by marko69 » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:02 pm

She talks to you AND her cooking is good? Keep her, AndyM.

Nice Result, ITFC .

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