Date: 11th August 2017 at 7:38am
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So we are travelling 232 miles to one of our bogey teams who have proved a bit of a thorn in the side over the last decade or so. Since that season we scored 9 goals conceding 1 goal over a scintillating double 16 seasons ago, we have managed 3 wins in the following 24 games between the Gills, so this fixture is one I always look to get out of the way.

Why will it a jolly boy’s outing.
Ok, we might struggle against Gillingham, but it is always about the here and now in any sport. Gillingham missed out on relegation last season by a single point and failed to find the net once in 2 games this season, so they are not exactly goal hungry, just the type of team we need. Keegan’s philosophy was doesn’t matter how many goals you concede as long as you score more, and with our forwards, we might have a few games like that come May. Poleon has had a strong start to the new season and may only be early days, I’m seeing he is making an early stake of the player of the season awards come season end. Confidence is high with some of our forwards, Omari included. So if we concede 2 goals, I couldn’t care less if we are capable of banging 3 in the net, which wouldn’t surprise me as we have scored 4 goals in the opening 2 games. Since March the Gills have had 1 win and 2 draws and 7 losses, so this is the time to play them.

Why will it be a Gill’t trip.
1 win in the last 13 head to head games for the Bantams can never translate to optimistic reading, so that will lift a few Gills fans in the stands. Our defence is shockingly light, Vincelot is banned for 3 games and Chicksen injured both valuable players at the back. We lost at home to Doncaster, a team that Gillingham managed to get an away draw against at the Keepmoat, so the Gills might fancy their chances to get some points on the board. Also it was only 2 seasons ago the Gills got the double over City scoring 5 goals in the process conceding just the one.

Head to Gills
City fans might want to bypass this part. In 49 games there have been 15 draws, 12 wins going City’s way and 22 the way of the Gills. Only 4 games have finished goalless and only 1 game has been in the cup, an FA cup game back in January 2000, a 3-1 affair at Priestfield, a game where McCall came on as a sub just before half time, minutes after the first home goal. City has achieved 3 wins at Priestfield at 25 attempts, in September 2013 thanks to a 7th minute Gary Jones strike, February 2009 with goals from Omar Daley and Michael Boulding and a cracking 4-0 result back in February 2002 thanks to an own goal by Mark Patterson and goals by Ashley Ward, Jamie Lawrence and Danny Cadamarteri.

Boz’s match verdict: Home win

5 Fun Facts

1. There are only 2 current players that have played for both teams, Adam Chicksen and Romain Vincelot, neither of which will feature this weekend. Both had loan spells, with Chicksen helping the Gills to a draw back in November 2014 at Valley Parade.

2. Ex City and England caretaker manager Peter Taylor is the current Director of football at Gillingham, the manager that replaced Stuart McCall back in 2010. Since leaving City, Taylor has managed Bahrain, England U20, Gillingham, Kerala Blasters and currently New Zealand assistant.

3. The last time both City and Gillingham experienced a promotion was the 2012/13 season. The Bantams had a great final push to finish 7th in the 4th division on 69 points whilst Gillingham finished as champions with 83 points. Both teams have been competing in the 3rd division since.

4. Gillingham have won 5 of their last 6 maiden home games of the season, their only recent failure was a loss to Colchester back in 2013 with Andy Bond scoring the only goal on 89 minutes.

5. Charlie Wyke’s debut game and first goal for Bradford City was against Gillingham 6 months ago, the game ended 2-2 at Valley Parade. City have managed to score in every single game since in the regular season that Wyke has played in, a staggering 16 matches in total since and including his VP debut.

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