Gillingham not planning for a welcome party

Gills' boss Peter Taylor

Gills' boss Peter Taylor

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

AT Priestfield the hosts are not preparing a particularly welcoming reception for the visitors, with all the noises emanating from Kent talking up the rivalry between the two clubs.

The unusual derby atmosphere, which dates back to when the two clubs were vying for promotion from Division Three in 1987, adds a bit of spice to the fixture and both Gillingham’s manager Peter Taylor and rising star Jake Hessenthaler, son of Priestfield legend Andy, were anticipating more of the same tonight.

Speaking to local media Hessenthaler said the atmosphere between his club and Swindon would make any win extra special.

“That’s another massive game,” Hessenthaler said. “There is a bit of rivalry there and we will be looking for another three points again.

“They are coming to our place and we are looking to win the game. It would be nice to get that win over them because they are rivals but we are looking to win every game. I will be excited to play in it, if picked, obviously.”

Former England under 21 boss Taylor echoed those sentiments, calling for his side to replicate the form they showed against Town last season when they picked up a win and draw against Mark Cooper’s side.

“I know it is always a bit of special game us versus Swindon. We played really well against them last year and I would like to do the same again.

“We have had a very good week. I have been pleased with the players, in the way they responded after MK Dons on the Monday. That’s how we were last year. I thought we always bounced back but I said to them, we don’t want to have to bounce back, we want to put a run together, that’s the aim.”

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6:34am Tue 19 Aug 14

U REDS says...

Swindon always struggle away at Gillingham.
Swindon always struggle away at Gillingham. U REDS
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6:43am Tue 19 Aug 14

Simmo66 says...

The rivalry between the two teams goes back further than 1987 . I can remember the aftermath of the home match in may 1979 , with the punch up in the tunnel , and the death threats to Ray Mchale the following season before the away match . 1987 certainly didn t help matters though .
The rivalry between the two teams goes back further than 1987 . I can remember the aftermath of the home match in may 1979 , with the punch up in the tunnel , and the death threats to Ray Mchale the following season before the away match . 1987 certainly didn t help matters though . Simmo66
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7:16am Tue 19 Aug 14

smirg kcab says...

Please give every town player a copy of this, as I doubt if cooper and the troops are aware of the **** situation.
WE HATE THEM 3 points please
Please give every town player a copy of this, as I doubt if cooper and the troops are aware of the **** situation. WE HATE THEM 3 points please smirg kcab
  • Score: 2

7:25am Tue 19 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

Simmo66 wrote:
The rivalry between the two teams goes back further than 1987 . I can remember the aftermath of the home match in may 1979 , with the punch up in the tunnel , and the death threats to Ray Mchale the following season before the away match . 1987 certainly didn t help matters though .
Spot on. It started at Priestfield in 79/80, when there was mayhem on the pitch, including the ref getting punched by a middle-aged Gillingham fan. After the return game, there was a punch up in the players' tunnel. 2 Gillingham players were charged with assaulting Wilf Tranter, our assistant manager. Both were acquitted. I don't recall anything particularly bad happening on or off the pitch at any of the 3 play off games in 1987. Maybe I was just lucky to avoid it.
[quote][p][bold]Simmo66[/bold] wrote: The rivalry between the two teams goes back further than 1987 . I can remember the aftermath of the home match in may 1979 , with the punch up in the tunnel , and the death threats to Ray Mchale the following season before the away match . 1987 certainly didn t help matters though .[/p][/quote]Spot on. It started at Priestfield in 79/80, when there was mayhem on the pitch, including the ref getting punched by a middle-aged Gillingham fan. After the return game, there was a punch up in the players' tunnel. 2 Gillingham players were charged with assaulting Wilf Tranter, our assistant manager. Both were acquitted. I don't recall anything particularly bad happening on or off the pitch at any of the 3 play off games in 1987. Maybe I was just lucky to avoid it. Oi Den!
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7:42am Tue 19 Aug 14

port de soller says...

yes I was sat in the old stand think it was end of season game a right bust up in the tunnel.As for tonight will be a hard game(as normal) this i fear is where our young players will find this division way above them.Taking nothing away from them the tippy tappy stuff is ok if your 3-0 up,afraid althought the Town will play decent football they will however in many games get kicked off the park
yes I was sat in the old stand think it was end of season game a right bust up in the tunnel.As for tonight will be a hard game(as normal) this i fear is where our young players will find this division way above them.Taking nothing away from them the tippy tappy stuff is ok if your 3-0 up,afraid althought the Town will play decent football they will however in many games get kicked off the park port de soller
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8:28am Tue 19 Aug 14

Rebel_phish says...

Off Topic
Predictions League
Until a dedicated page is up, the questions for tonight's' match can be found on the last thread - the Crawley game

http://www.thisisswi
ndontownfc.co.uk/new
s/11412352.PREDICTIO
NS_LEAGUE__Crawley_T
own_v_Swindon_Town
Off Topic Predictions League Until a dedicated page is up, the questions for tonight's' match can be found on the last thread - the Crawley game http://www.thisisswi ndontownfc.co.uk/new s/11412352.PREDICTIO NS_LEAGUE__Crawley_T own_v_Swindon_Town Rebel_phish
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10:43am Tue 19 Aug 14

Swindon1984 says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Please give every town player a copy of this, as I doubt if cooper and the troops are aware of the **** situation. WE HATE THEM 3 points please
Don't think we need any more reasons to pick up bookings do we? There's no reason our players should be concerned about a pathetic feud from way back when, and something which seems to crop up every once in a while. They're paid to do a job, leave the nonsense to the supporters.

All that matters is the points, remember us throwing it away against them at home last season (and talking to some gills fans, and them being alright, and seeing no trouble whatsoever as a side note).
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Please give every town player a copy of this, as I doubt if cooper and the troops are aware of the **** situation. WE HATE THEM 3 points please[/p][/quote]Don't think we need any more reasons to pick up bookings do we? There's no reason our players should be concerned about a pathetic feud from way back when, and something which seems to crop up every once in a while. They're paid to do a job, leave the nonsense to the supporters. All that matters is the points, remember us throwing it away against them at home last season (and talking to some gills fans, and them being alright, and seeing no trouble whatsoever as a side note). Swindon1984
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11:28am Tue 19 Aug 14

london paolo says...

Definitely dates back to 1979, not 1987, with Ray McHale seen by them as the main antagonist.

Also, it's not a 'derby'. Must be 150 miles between the towns?
Definitely dates back to 1979, not 1987, with Ray McHale seen by them as the main antagonist. Also, it's not a 'derby'. Must be 150 miles between the towns? london paolo
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1:02pm Tue 19 Aug 14

MITTED says...

Why is this myth of a rivalry perpetuated by the Adver every time we play gillingham? Any rivalry is totally one sided because of a stupid incident that gillingham got their knickers in a twist about, over 30 years ago ffs! I have no more interest in having a rivalry with gillingham than I do with accrington stanley or any other club outwith our GENUINE local rivals. All that matters is 3 points tonight, nothing else.
COYR
Why is this myth of a rivalry perpetuated by the Adver every time we play gillingham? Any rivalry is totally one sided because of a stupid incident that gillingham got their knickers in a twist about, over 30 years ago ffs! I have no more interest in having a rivalry with gillingham than I do with accrington stanley or any other club outwith our GENUINE local rivals. All that matters is 3 points tonight, nothing else. COYR MITTED
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3:51pm Tue 19 Aug 14

smirg kcab says...

MITTED wrote:
Why is this myth of a rivalry perpetuated by the Adver every time we play gillingham? Any rivalry is totally one sided because of a stupid incident that gillingham got their knickers in a twist about, over 30 years ago ffs! I have no more interest in having a rivalry with gillingham than I do with accrington stanley or any other club outwith our GENUINE local rivals. All that matters is 3 points tonight, nothing else.
COYR
Myth I guess you have never been there.
Best away game for town fans.
[quote][p][bold]MITTED[/bold] wrote: Why is this myth of a rivalry perpetuated by the Adver every time we play gillingham? Any rivalry is totally one sided because of a stupid incident that gillingham got their knickers in a twist about, over 30 years ago ffs! I have no more interest in having a rivalry with gillingham than I do with accrington stanley or any other club outwith our GENUINE local rivals. All that matters is 3 points tonight, nothing else. COYR[/p][/quote]Myth I guess you have never been there. Best away game for town fans. smirg kcab
  • Score: 0

7:46pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Micky Hazard says...

MITTED wrote:
Why is this myth of a rivalry perpetuated by the Adver every time we play gillingham? Any rivalry is totally one sided because of a stupid incident that gillingham got their knickers in a twist about, over 30 years ago ffs! I have no more interest in having a rivalry with gillingham than I do with accrington stanley or any other club outwith our GENUINE local rivals. All that matters is 3 points tonight, nothing else.
COYR
Well said that man.
It's a big game to them, but not to us, which has to be a bit of a concern - ie they're often more up for it than we are because their fans get in their ears about us.
The only difference from our side is that a few extra hoolies turn up hoping for a bit of pwopa nawty action innit!!
[quote][p][bold]MITTED[/bold] wrote: Why is this myth of a rivalry perpetuated by the Adver every time we play gillingham? Any rivalry is totally one sided because of a stupid incident that gillingham got their knickers in a twist about, over 30 years ago ffs! I have no more interest in having a rivalry with gillingham than I do with accrington stanley or any other club outwith our GENUINE local rivals. All that matters is 3 points tonight, nothing else. COYR[/p][/quote]Well said that man. It's a big game to them, but not to us, which has to be a bit of a concern - ie they're often more up for it than we are because their fans get in their ears about us. The only difference from our side is that a few extra hoolies turn up hoping for a bit of pwopa nawty action innit!! Micky Hazard
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