SWINDON TOWN: Taylor issues battle cry to Gills

Swindon Advertiser: Gillingham manager Peter Taylor Gillingham manager Peter Taylor

GILLINGHAM manager Peter Taylor hopes the rivalry between his team’s fans and their Swindon counterparts will help create a hostile environment at the Priestfield Stadium this weekend.

Supporters of the Gills and the Robins share a strange animosity of each other of almost derby-like proportions, despite being separated by some 127 miles, all of which stems from a series of incidents in the late 1970s.

The ill-feeling caused some 35 years ago still exists today and Taylor, whose side sit 15th in League One, wants the home crowd to use it to their team’s advantage.

“The most important thing for us at the minute is three points, we don’t get four if we beat Swindon, although I know it will feel like that,” he said.

“This is my Swindon-Gillingham debut. Hopefully we will go and get three points. The Palace-Brighton rivalry always surprised a lot of people and there is plenty of rivalry around. It is good and I’ve no problem with that and if it makes it an even better atmosphere here on Saturday then fantastic for us, that’s what we want.

“We want Swindon players to come out before the game to know how lively our supporters are.”

Gillingham lost their last league game 3-0 at Colchester and Taylor has called on his players to provide and immediate response to that defeat.

“Every time you play the next game after a disappointing one there is a little more pressure on the players. They have got to handle that situation,” he said.

“On Saturday I have put in my programme notes that I can only apologise (about last week's defeat) because it certainly wasn’t good enough and it’s a shame because we took so many supporters there.

“I know that we are progressing. When there is a performance like Saturday people will think we’re not progressing and the ones who are a little negative get encouraged to be more negative. We are progressing, there is no doubt and Saturday was just a nightmare performance. It was a nothing performance.

“The players know what this game means but it won’t make any difference. The players know how important a win would be here on Saturday.

“I know it is lovely to win a local derby, even though this isn’t one, but it’s got the impression it is, at the end of the day players could be playing a team up north and that win is still just as important.

“All that is important for us is three points. We just want to get to a certain amount of points to make sure we are okay and I don’t care who gives us them.”

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7:22am Fri 17 Jan 14

LeGod says...

Let's hope our players can put a performance on unlike Tuesday night and let's hope we can pick some points up for a change. We really have to turn out away form around and let's hope it starts against the pikeys.
Let's hope our players can put a performance on unlike Tuesday night and let's hope we can pick some points up for a change. We really have to turn out away form around and let's hope it starts against the pikeys. LeGod

8:29am Fri 17 Jan 14

smirg kcab says...

Came back from that game with no back window in the coach.
Look forward to tomorrow don't bet on us winning tho.
Hope cooper and the players are aware this is one of the most hatred teams we play.
Came back from that game with no back window in the coach. Look forward to tomorrow don't bet on us winning tho. Hope cooper and the players are aware this is one of the most hatred teams we play. smirg kcab

8:57am Fri 17 Jan 14

swindonjason says...

This rivalry some 35 years ago still goes on despite many of these so-say fans were either not there at Selhurst Park or not even old enough to know what happened.

Personally, it is a rivalry of them against us. I don't care less about them, and I speak for many Town fans and the lack of violence (as they do not bring enough fans) when they visit us proves that statistic.
This rivalry some 35 years ago still goes on despite many of these so-say fans were either not there at Selhurst Park or not even old enough to know what happened. Personally, it is a rivalry of them against us. I don't care less about them, and I speak for many Town fans and the lack of violence (as they do not bring enough fans) when they visit us proves that statistic. swindonjason

9:15am Fri 17 Jan 14

Red Rascal says...

We should thank them. They live in a town so awful it makes Swindon look beautiful
We should thank them. They live in a town so awful it makes Swindon look beautiful Red Rascal

9:48am Fri 17 Jan 14

swindonbob says...

Ah! Selhurst Park! I also remember the mass celery confiscation at Priestfield. Good memories!
Ah! Selhurst Park! I also remember the mass celery confiscation at Priestfield. Good memories! swindonbob

10:11am Fri 17 Jan 14

hertz says...

There you are Mr Cooper now you know what to expect so ! whats the plan ???

Don't Panic . COYR
There you are Mr Cooper now you know what to expect so ! whats the plan ??? Don't Panic . COYR hertz

10:14am Fri 17 Jan 14

Swindonian63 says...

Great memories of Selhurst Park...due to traffic I'd hardly got to my seat when Chalkie put us 1-0 up.

The 70s stuff was all due to their player's serious assault on our coach Wilf Tranter. I first went there in the 60s, we lost a dire game 0-1, it truly was, and is, an awful place.
Great memories of Selhurst Park...due to traffic I'd hardly got to my seat when Chalkie put us 1-0 up. The 70s stuff was all due to their player's serious assault on our coach Wilf Tranter. I first went there in the 60s, we lost a dire game 0-1, it truly was, and is, an awful place. Swindonian63

1:17pm Fri 17 Jan 14

badger58 says...

So true Swindonian63 it is an awful place , my daughter has lived there or 6 years and it is a blot on the landscape . As for the footy it isn't a happy hunting ground for STFC and remember my last 2 visits 0-5 and 1-3 fingers crossed that changes tomorrow COYR !
So true Swindonian63 it is an awful place , my daughter has lived there or 6 years and it is a blot on the landscape . As for the footy it isn't a happy hunting ground for STFC and remember my last 2 visits 0-5 and 1-3 fingers crossed that changes tomorrow COYR ! badger58

6:54pm Fri 17 Jan 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

hertz wrote:
There you are Mr Cooper now you know what to expect so ! whats the plan ???

Don't Panic . COYR
Plan// should be to make them work harder, all of them..
He probably won't care if we win or lose......
If we do lose he won't even tell the players that put no effort in, who they are... Heard him on the radio this morning being very truthful but so incredibly boring and weak..
We've got loads of talent but no passion coming from the manager to get the best out of them. They are young and will continue to under perform until someone manages them more firmly. They know they can get away with it.

Hope we do win though??
[quote][p][bold]hertz[/bold] wrote: There you are Mr Cooper now you know what to expect so ! whats the plan ??? Don't Panic . COYR[/p][/quote]Plan// should be to make them work harder, all of them.. He probably won't care if we win or lose...... If we do lose he won't even tell the players that put no effort in, who they are... Heard him on the radio this morning being very truthful but so incredibly boring and weak.. We've got loads of talent but no passion coming from the manager to get the best out of them. They are young and will continue to under perform until someone manages them more firmly. They know they can get away with it. Hope we do win though?? MARK TITCOMBE

6:56pm Fri 17 Jan 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

With a good manager we could be right up there!
With a good manager we could be right up there! MARK TITCOMBE

7:15pm Fri 17 Jan 14

melnursesear. says...

I remember Celery...although my issue was at Notts County behind the goal...some oaf..about 7 feet behind launched a bunch right in my ear..I was not happy...saw stars..! Caused Police to get involved ..!
I remember Celery...although my issue was at Notts County behind the goal...some oaf..about 7 feet behind launched a bunch right in my ear..I was not happy...saw stars..! Caused Police to get involved ..! melnursesear.

7:43pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Swindonian63 says...

MARK TITCOMBE wrote:
hertz wrote:
There you are Mr Cooper now you know what to expect so ! whats the plan ???

Don't Panic . COYR
Plan// should be to make them work harder, all of them..
He probably won't care if we win or lose......
If we do lose he won't even tell the players that put no effort in, who they are... Heard him on the radio this morning being very truthful but so incredibly boring and weak..
We've got loads of talent but no passion coming from the manager to get the best out of them. They are young and will continue to under perform until someone manages them more firmly. They know they can get away with it.

Hope we do win though??
Totally disagree with you...I think he's doing a very decent job under difficult circumstances. He needs our support not a stream of carping criticism, often ill-informed.
[quote][p][bold]MARK TITCOMBE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hertz[/bold] wrote: There you are Mr Cooper now you know what to expect so ! whats the plan ??? Don't Panic . COYR[/p][/quote]Plan// should be to make them work harder, all of them.. He probably won't care if we win or lose...... If we do lose he won't even tell the players that put no effort in, who they are... Heard him on the radio this morning being very truthful but so incredibly boring and weak.. We've got loads of talent but no passion coming from the manager to get the best out of them. They are young and will continue to under perform until someone manages them more firmly. They know they can get away with it. Hope we do win though??[/p][/quote]Totally disagree with you...I think he's doing a very decent job under difficult circumstances. He needs our support not a stream of carping criticism, often ill-informed. Swindonian63

7:44pm Fri 17 Jan 14

alchafreds says...

MARK TITCOMBE wrote:
With a good manager we could be right up there!
with a half decent manager we could be
[quote][p][bold]MARK TITCOMBE[/bold] wrote: With a good manager we could be right up there![/p][/quote]with a half decent manager we could be alchafreds

7:44pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Rebel_phish says...

Off Topic.
PREDICTIONS LEAGUE

Sam hasn't posted the page for the Predictions League details for the Gillingham match yet.

I have put the questions on the questions for tomorrows match on the Stevenage thread. Post your predictions there for the time being. Hopefully Sam will have the page up tomorrow.

Rebel.

Link

http://www.thisisswi

ndontownfc.co.uk/fix

tures_and_results/ne

ws_articles/10931913

.PREDICTIONS_LEAGUE_

_Stevenage_v_Swindon

_Town
Off Topic. PREDICTIONS LEAGUE Sam hasn't posted the page for the Predictions League details for the Gillingham match yet. I have put the questions on the questions for tomorrows match on the Stevenage thread. Post your predictions there for the time being. Hopefully Sam will have the page up tomorrow. Rebel. Link http://www.thisisswi ndontownfc.co.uk/fix tures_and_results/ne ws_articles/10931913 .PREDICTIONS_LEAGUE_ _Stevenage_v_Swindon _Town Rebel_phish

8:12pm Fri 17 Jan 14

The Jockster says...

alchafreds wrote:
MARK TITCOMBE wrote:
With a good manager we could be right up there!
with a half decent manager we could be
Yes and with a half decent team we would be as well - Pep Guardiola couldn't get a tune out of some of the players who only want to put a shift in when they feel like it!
[quote][p][bold]alchafreds[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MARK TITCOMBE[/bold] wrote: With a good manager we could be right up there![/p][/quote]with a half decent manager we could be[/p][/quote]Yes and with a half decent team we would be as well - Pep Guardiola couldn't get a tune out of some of the players who only want to put a shift in when they feel like it! The Jockster

8:35pm Fri 17 Jan 14

alchafreds says...

The Jockster wrote:
alchafreds wrote:
MARK TITCOMBE wrote:
With a good manager we could be right up there!
with a half decent manager we could be
Yes and with a half decent team we would be as well - Pep Guardiola couldn't get a tune out of some of the players who only want to put a shift in when they feel like it!
yep absolutely right but he has a choice and picking players out of position is not a good one in my book 4-6-0 never seen that before another not so good choice
cooper is not blameless
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alchafreds[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MARK TITCOMBE[/bold] wrote: With a good manager we could be right up there![/p][/quote]with a half decent manager we could be[/p][/quote]Yes and with a half decent team we would be as well - Pep Guardiola couldn't get a tune out of some of the players who only want to put a shift in when they feel like it![/p][/quote]yep absolutely right but he has a choice and picking players out of position is not a good one in my book 4-6-0 never seen that before another not so good choice cooper is not blameless alchafreds

6:33pm Sun 19 Jan 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

Hertz
How can you disagree? Are you watching something different to the rest of us?
Criticism is essential in a world of mediocrity
Get Real
Hertz How can you disagree? Are you watching something different to the rest of us? Criticism is essential in a world of mediocrity Get Real MARK TITCOMBE

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