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Interview With A Gillingham Fan

I've asked the Gillingham Editor a few questions ahead of the FA Cup tie this weekend:

1) Gillingham v Villa. Good tie for you folks or would you have preferred someone else?!

Villa's a great tie for us. We'd have wanted a crack at any Premier League team in all honesty, and I suppose financially it might have been better to be away, but Villa's an excellent tie. I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Villa, you're playing some decent football and it will be a great tie. That it's on TV is even better for us, gives us some much-needed money in the coffers.

2) What should the travelling fans expect in their trip to Priestfield Stadium?

To get wet if it rains! The away end is uncovered, so if the heavens open, then you'll be getting some nice complimentary rain macs from the club. The area around the ground is not the nicest (and by 'area around the ground', I could really be referring to the whole of Gillingham), but I'm told the away pub is decent. Expect the noise to be coming from the far end to where you are sat - the Rainham End, but there might be some vocal supporters sharing the Brian Moore Stand with you as well.

3) How long have you followed the Gills and what made you support them?

Since 1987, quite simply I asked which team was closest to where I lived at the time, my old man is a Gills fan and he was only too happy to oblige by taking me there. Been going regularly ever since.

4) How is your domestic season going, is the FA Cup a nice distraction or better out of the way?

We're just outside the play-off places in a ridiculously tight division. As I type this we're 10th but only three points worse off than the team in fourth. The league is our priority this season and I still think we're shaping up nicely for promotion, but the FA Cup run has been a nice distraction.

5) Do you have a realistic chance, are you going to be gunning for a giant killing shock result?

We'll give our all, that's all I can say. Of course we'd love to win, but we're not naive enough to realise that Villa will need to have a hell of an off day for us to have a chance. Our main problem is that we've only got two defenders for the weekend because of suspensions, so your strikers could have some fun...

6) Who should Villa look out for as the dangermen?

At the back we've got a centre-back called Simon King. Stylish left-footed lad and throws himself in the way of everything. Great in the air too. In midfield we've got Curtis Weston, who's a class act and Adam Miller, who when he's on form is unplayable in our division. I suppose the main man though is our 11-goal top scorer, Simeon Jackson.

7) It will be interesting to see what sort of team Martin O'Neill fields, he has been known to field the second string in some cup games. Who would you most like to see NOT play for us on Sunday?

Ashley Young, followed closely by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Pace vs the Gills defence is not always something that makes for pleasant viewing for us Gills fans.

8) Finally, lets have your prediction please...! Good luck.

A gallant effort from the Gills but ultimately a comfortable away win.

With thanks to the Gillingham Editor www.gillingham.vitalfootball.co.uk




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Date:Friday January 2 2009

Time: 5:54PM

Your Comments

Hopefully will be a decent game. COME ON VILLA. Think the draw is made for the next round after the game as well, that said, I've been known to be wrong before !
The Fear
Good luck Gills, but UTV! :o)
BobTheBuilder
Getting soaking wet in the away end sounds to me considerably more attractive to the bitter cold and numbness that we experienced up on Humberside just the other evening. Just about warmed up from that experience, so I'm ready for a soaking. Its part and parcel of the experiences that come with supporting your team.
glensider
I'm expecting a close encounter, no matter what team St Mart decides to send out into battle. We haven't experienced a draw away from home in our domestic league and cup encounters to date this season, wouldn't be overly surprised if that stat goes flying out the window on Sunday afternoon.
glensider
We should blow em away with our 2nd team let alone our 1st. Young Nath to start
medzy
They got a roof on the away end then or what ? (a door and a window )
B6_COMPANY
Great interview. Seems like a real salt of the earth type of guy. "I asked which team is the closest to where I live." How refreshing in in these days where there's so many glory hunters wanting to jump on the Man U and a like bandwagon!
Nigel-not-Reo
 

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