Tomorrow afternoon sees Gillingham make the long trip north with a depleted squad due to injuries. Both sides have players that have played for the opposition as Vadaine Oliver is on the books of the visitors while Donervon Daniels, Mika Mandron and Scott Robertson have all played for the Gills in the past.
They sit in 19th place in the league after wins against Morecambe, Cambridge United and Doncaster Rovers, they have drawn with Lincoln City, AFC Wimbledon, Burton Albion, Charlton Athletic, Oxford United, Bolton Wanderers, Accrington Stanley and Sheffield Wednesday while they have lost against Plymouth Argyle, Shrewsbury Town, MK Dons, Wigan Athletic, Wycombe Wanderers and Sunderland.
In the cups, they lost to Cheltenham Town in the 1st Round of the FA Cup after a replay while they lost to the same team in the Carabao Cup 2nd Round after defeating Crawley Town (both on pens) in the previous round. In the EFL Trophy, they finished bottom their group following a win against Colchester United and defeats to Ipswich Town and West Ham United’s Under-21s.
They have signed 12 players this summer, 8 on permanent deals as well as 3 on season-long loan deals and one on loan until January. Goalkeepers Aaron Chapman and loanee Jamie Cumming were joined by defenders David Tutonda, Max Ehmer and Rhys Bennett. Also arriving were midfielders Olly Lee (who was on loan last season), Ben Reeves and loanees Daniel Phillips and Daniel Adshead while forwards Danny Lloyd, Mustapha Carayol and loanee Charlie Kelman (who joined until January but has since gone back to QPR) completed the signings.
They have allowed 7 players to leave on permanent deals while 2 players have joined non-league clubs on loan.
Alex Wins: 22
Gills Wins: 21
Biggest Alex Win: 4-1 at the Alexandra in November 2004
Biggest Gillingham Win: 4-0 at Priestfield Stadium in December 1962
Gillingham 4-1 Crewe Alexandra, 26th January 2021
Jordan Graham opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Travis Johnson fouled the midfielder in the 11th minute before Olly Lee would double the lead 7 minutes before the break. Kyle Dempsey would add the third just before the break with Lee adding his second in the 62nd minute, Chris Porter got the Alex consolation 10 minutes from time.
Alex: Richards; Johnson, Lancashire, Beckles, Adebisi; Finney, Wintle (Evans 74), Lowery (Murphy 63); Dale (Walker 62), Porter, Kirk (Griffiths 79)
Gills: Bonham; Jackson, Cundy, Tucker, Ogilvie; Dempsey, Slattery; Graham (MacDonald 90), Lee (O’Keefe 90), O’Connor; Oliver (Akinde 88)
Played for Both:
The following players have been contracted to both teams:
Goalkeepers: Bertrand Bossu, Phil Kite, Steve Mautone
Defenders: Gary Armstrong, Don Campbell, Darren Carr, Donervon Daniels, Sam Davies, Geoff Hudson, Peter Johnson, Ian Macowat, Ben Nugent, Efe Sodje, David Wright
Midfielders: Billy Bingham, Roger Challis, Justin Cochrane, John Crabbe, Phil Handford, Danny Hollands, Terry Nicholl, Les Riggs, Scott Robertson
Forwards: Harry Anstiss, Bill Baldwin, Febian Brandy, Chris Dickson, Jack Doran, Peter Henderson, Francis Joseph, Mikael Mandron, Lee Matthews, Fred Morris, Vadaine Oliver
The officials for this game have been announced here with Anthony Backhouse the referee, Paul Stonier and Darren Wilding are his assistants with Lewis Raper the fourth official. Here are the games that Backhouse has refereed the Alex in the last 5 years:
- Crewe Alexandra 1-0 Barnet (19th August 2017) – Porter
- Crewe Alexandra 0-2 Accrington Stanley (21st October 2017)
- Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Blackburn Rovers (13th December 2017, FA Cup)
- Crewe Alexandra 3-1 Forest Green Rovers (20th March 2018) – Bowery (2), Kirk
- Crewe Alexandra 1-0 Stevenage (29th December 2018) – Porter
- Crewe Alexandra 1-3 Burton Albion (3rd September 2019) – Green
- Bolton Wanderers 2-3 Crewe Alexandra (8th September 2020, EFL Trophy) – Mandron (2), Dale
- Accrington Stanley 1-0 Crewe Alexandra (24th November 2020)
- Crewe Alexandra 3-2 Shrewsbury Town (8th May 2021) – Mandron (2), Porter