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Gillingham enjoy a 3-1 win over Burton Albion as they celebrate 125 years of football

By KentOnline reporter

Chairman Paul Scally thanked the Gillingham fans for their efforts in making Saturday a day to remember.

The Gills were playing in a special 125th year anniversary kit, a black and white striped shirt modelled on the one worn by the club’s founders New Brompton back in 1893.

As a thankyou to those fans in attendance, the club produced commemorative certificates that were handed out to fans upon arrival at the Medway Priestfield Stadium.

Giillingham chairman Paul Scally Picture: Ady Kerry
Giillingham chairman Paul Scally Picture: Ady Kerry

Report: Gillingham 3 Burton Albion 1

Speaking after the game, in an address to the supporters on the club's website, Mr Scally said: “You came in incredible numbers, you didn’t stop singing from start to finish and if that continues then I think we are in for a good season.”

Gillingham’s players played their part too, coming from behind to beat Burton Albion 3-1.

“It was a highly impressive performance,” said the chairman.

Gillingham certificate to fans for attending Saturday's match (3550209)
Gillingham certificate to fans for attending Saturday's match (3550209)

“Every single member of the team put in a fantastic shift and it was a great tribute to our forefathers of 125 years ago.

“It was pleasing to see so many people in our black and white anniversary shirts and we couldn’t have asked for a better opening to our 2018/19 campaign with a win at Priestfield in difficult conditions, considering the tropical storm that we had yesterday which made the surface very wet.”

The New Brompton team of 1893-94 (3550534)
The New Brompton team of 1893-94 (3550534)

Reaction: "It could have been six or seven" said the Gills boss.

Had there been any more rain on Saturday then the game could have been postponed.

“We owe a great deal of gratitude to John (Plummer) and the ground staff who have worked tremendously hard to get the game on,” the chairman added.

Gillingham versus Burton Albion at the Medway Priestfield Stadium Picture: Ady Kerry (3551125)
Gillingham versus Burton Albion at the Medway Priestfield Stadium Picture: Ady Kerry (3551125)

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