League One Season Preview 2006/07 – Gillingham

Article by David Walker


Odds: 25/one

Final 5 Seasons2005/06 – 14 (League One), 2004/05 – 22 (Championship, Relegated), 2003/04 – 21 (Championship), 2002/03 – 11 (Championship), 2001/02 – twelve (Championship).

2005/06 Cup ProgressFA Cup Initial Round vs Burscough (a) – lost 3-two.Carling Cup 3rd Round vs Doncaster Rovers (a) – misplaced 2-.Football League Trophy Southern Part 2nd Round vs Wycombe Wanderers – misplaced 3-one on penalties with the score at two-2 right after added time.

Top rated Target Scorer 2005/06: Darren Byfield (striker) – 14 goals.

Gamers InGuylain Ndumbu-Nsungu (Cardiff City – No cost), Dean McDonald (Ipswich Town – Free), Mark Bentley (Southend United – No cost), Duncan Jupp (Southend United – Free of charge), Clint Easton (Wycombe Wanderers – Free of charge), Kelvin Jack (Dundee – Totally free), Gary Mulligan (Sheffield United – Free of charge).

Gamers OutJason Brown (Blackburn Rovers – Free of charge), Gavin Grant (Millwall – Free of charge), Darren Byfield (Millwall – Free), Richard Rose (Hereford United – Free), John Wallis (Hereford United – No cost), Chris Hope (Rushden &amp Diamonds – Totally free), Paul Crichton (Cambridge United – Totally free), Paul Shields (Livingston – Free of charge).

Soon after a hard initial time in League A single following relegation from the Championship in the 2004/05 season, Gillingham have made wholesale alterations to the squad which finished in mid table final phrase.

Supervisor Ronnie Jepson has revamped his attacking possibilities with the arrivals of Sheffield United striker Gary Mulligan, who impressed in the course of a thirteen match loan spell final time, Cardiff City frontman Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu and Ipswich City forward Dean McDonald on free of charge transfers.

Jepson also signed Southend United duo Mark Bentley, a midfielder and Duncan Jupp, a correct again and solved his goalkeeper crisis by signing Kelvin Jack from Dundee. Each Jason Brown and Paul Crichton left the club in the summer season leaving Jepson without an knowledgeable goalkeeper but the thirty year outdated Trinidadian joins fellow countrymen Brent Sancho and Ian Cox at the Priestfield.

Whilst out of agreement goalkeeper Brown joined Premiership aspect Blackburn Rovers in a shock transfer, final season’s best goal scorer Darren Byfield left the club to join League A single rivals Millwall on a no cost transfer. Byfield’s departure is a blow to Jepson who was keen to preserve the striker who netted 14 objectives final season even with missing several weeks of the campaign due to harm and suspension.

Whilst chairman Paul Scally admitted he found it tough to motivate himself after relegation two years back he now thinks the club is excellent enough to make automatic promotion next time and praised the followers for the loyalty they have proven them.

VerdictPaul Scally may possibly believe his club are good ample for automatic promotion but the bookmaker’s think differently. An enhancement on previous season’s mid table finish is anticipated but a best 10 finish may be the finest the aspect can attain.

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