Alan Carmody; Andy Hessenthaler; Barry Endean... 5-0; Bastards; Brian Moore's Head; French; Inbreds; Mauge decking Hessenthaler last season
Not a pleasant set of memories, on the whole... Akinbiyi's bloody dancing, humiliation at the Priestfield Stadium, and a 0-0 draw so dull that the referee lost interest and nipped into the Red Lion midway through the second half. And nobody noticed. One bright spot... Richard Johnson's HWANG at their place in the Championship season. We've not beaten them for far too long, mind.
Recovered from the crushing disappointment of losing the previous season's play-off final the day before our visit to stampede into the play-offs again under Peter Taylor, this time with a positive outcome as they saw off Wigan in the see-saw final. A decent cup run too which saw off Sheffield Wednesday (although I guess that even we beat them...)
The choice of Andy Hessenthaler as coach is an interesting one... for starters, no Hornet who remembers Hessie in a yellow shirt will be doubting his leadership qualities. The Gills have also bought cleverly in the close season, and despite coming up in the play-offs may be the best bet of the promoted sides to make an impact. Mid-table.
How to annoy a Gillingham fan
Now, don't get me wrong. I've come across some truly charming Gills fans over the years. Nevertheless, experience of too many visits to the Priestfield suggests that setting out to annoy your ever-so-friendly hosts is a little unwise. Think of nice things to say about Andy Hessenthaler instead.
* A unique experiment, featuring instant reactions from BSaD pundits to the mention of the club's name.