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Looking at: Gillingham

8 July 2014

Attention turns to Kent based side Gillingham in the latest instalment of PNE’s looking at series.

Founded: 1893
Nickname: The Gills
Stadium: Priestfield stadium 
Manager: Peter Taylor
Last season: 17th in League One

Last season marked Gillingham’s first season back in the third tier having been promoted as champions of League Two the previous campaign.

But despite it being their maiden season back in League One, a poor turn of results at the start of the year saw the Gills part company with manager Martin Allen, with Peter Taylor installed on an interim basis.

Preston ensured that Taylor’s welcome back to the football league was a sombre one, defeating the former England U21 boss’ side 2-1 in his first game in charge.

But despite the losing start, a resurgence of results from the Gills saw Taylor being awarded the job full-time in November, and he returned the favour by steering Gillingham well clear of a relegation scrap come the end of the season.

That didn’t stop the Lilywhites doing the double over Gillingham in the last home game at Deepdale at the back end of last season. 

Goals from John Welsh, Paul Gallagher, and Neil Kilkenny secured a 3-1 win for North End, with Cody McDonald grabbing Gillingham’s only goal of the game, to ensure Preston signed off their domestic campaign at Deepdale in style.

In Taylor’s first full season in charge at Priestfield, Preston take on the Gills firstly on the 21st October before welcoming them to Deepdale in April. 

SkyBet Odds 
To win League One (outright) 50/1
To get promotion 18/1
To be relegated 6/4
If you fancy any one of these odds go to www.PNEBetting.com and Preston North End will benefit from your flutter.


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