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In focus: Gillingham

2 October 2020

Match Previews

In focus: Gillingham

2 October 2020

Take a closer look at this weekend's Sky Bet League One opposition Gillingham.

Shrewsbury Town welcome Gillingham to the Montgomery Waters Meadow this weekend for Town’s latest Sky Bet League One fixture.

The Gills, who play their home fixtures at Priestfield, have started the season well – accumulating six points as they sit seventh in the league table.

We take a look at the Gills and their key threats as Salop look to earn the first win of the league season.

Name: Gillingham Football Club

Founded: 1893 - 127 years ago

Stadium: Priestfield

Biggest win: 10–0 against Chesterfield in Division Three - 5 September 1987.

Biggest loss: 0–8 against Luton Town in Division Three South - 13 April 1929.

Highest league finish: Football League First Division: 11th - 2002–03.

The Manager – Steve Evans

Steve Evans joined the Gills as their boss in May 2019 and started his managerial stint with the club a month later. The experienced 57-year-old has a number of clubs on his CV – clubs including Leeds United, Rotherham United, Peterborough United and Mansfield Town.

As a manager, Evans guided Boston United to the Southern Football League Premier Division title in the 1999–2000 season and the Conference number one spot in 2001–02. His next successful season came with Crawley Town, where the Scotsman guided his team to the Conference title in the 2010-11 season.

Most recently, Evans guided Rotherham into League One with a second-place finish in League Two in the 2012-13 season. His success didn’t stop there as he managed to steer the Millers into the Championship with a Play-off win 2014.

Goalkeeper – Jack Bonham

A product of the Watford academy, he spent time on loan at Harrow Borough, before joining Brentford in June 2013. Although born in England, he represented the Republic of Ireland at U17 level.

The 27-year-old shot-stopper joined the Gills in 2019 - signing a two-year deal in Kent on a free transfer. The keeper made 40 appearances in the Gills campaign last season. His former clubs include Brentford, Arlesey Town, Carlisle United and Bristol Rovers.

Defender - Zech Medley

Born in Greenwich, Greater London, Medley joined the youth academy at Chelsea when he was eight years old before joining the youth academy at Arsenal in December 2016.

The young centre-back joined the Gills in August 2020 on a season-long loan to gain his first taste of first-team football. The 20-year-old has also represented England at under-16 level.

Midfielder – Jacob Mellis

Mellis signed a permanent contract at Gillingham on 10 August 2020, becoming their third signing of the summer transfer window.

The experienced midfielder began his career with Chelsea before gaining first-team football during loan spells with Southampton and Barnsley. Later, he made the move to the latter a permanent fixture. The 29-year-old has represented England at U16, U17, and U19 levels.

His other former clubs include Oldham Athletic, Bury, Mansfield Town and Bolton Wanderers.

Forward – Jordan Graham

Graham is a product of the Aston Villa youth academy and signed a professional contract with Villa in March 2012. Despite a promising start to his Villa career, he was unable to break into the first-team.

His first taste of first-team football came during loan spells with Ipswich Town, Bradford City and Wolverhampton Wanderers. The tricky winger has also represented England at under-17 level.

Graham spent time on loan with the Gills previous to his permanent move last season and has quickly become a fans favourite after a promising goal-scoring start to the season.

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