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League Two Play-off Final

Competitors:
Gillingham v Shrewsbury
Date:
23 May 2009
Venue:
Wembley
Competition:
League Two
Attendance:
53,706
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With that darts anthem Chase the Sun bellowing in my ears, I can reflect on what I have witnessed today. Gillingham have won promotion back to League One at the first time of asking. The fans can plan away trips to Leeds, Southampton and Norwich.

Shrewsbury have to be content with trips to Barnet, Morecambe and Rotherham for another season.

The game itself wasn’t the best. Gillingham found their Wembley feet a lot sooner than the Shrews and the first half was more-or-less one way traffic towards Luke Daniels goal. The young goalkeeper was excellent and probably my man of the match. He, at times single-handedly, kept Shrewsbury in the game with some excellent saves throughout the game.

Despite praying for goals, I thought this had extra-time all over it. The Gillingham front three should have broken the deadlock in the first half, with Oli having the freedom of the Wembley right wing.

The second half really was a real contrast to the first. Both teams went for it, with Shrewsbury finally forcing Gills keeper Royce into action.

But ultimately, top goalscorer Simeon Jackson sealed promotion with extra time minutes away. As predicted by a fellow ‘606’er, the game was going to be decided by either a wonder goal or a terrible howler. Debates (hopefully here) will be held on whether the corner was indeed a corner but should the league’s second top goalscorer have a free header in the last minute of a play-off final?

Who was the best player on the pitch? Barcham was a constant threat for me. Oli seemed to dry up in the second half. Daniels looked solid in the Shrews goal and Kevin McIntrye had a couple of decent chances to score.

Gills fans – enjoy the today and congratulations! Can you stay up this time?

Shrews fans – what lies for the future? Grant Holt has scored the goals that got you into the play-offs – will he still be here next season or will he get another chance in a higher league?

Thank you to everyone who joined myself on 606 today - it was a pleasure! Hope you enjoyed it too!

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posted May 23, 2009

Well done Gillingham FC!!
But tomorrow is a new day and you should be aware that's the begining. In modern football if you do not develop you making step back (Leeds, Soton, Newcastle).
I wish all the best for this club, start working hard and in the couple of years in Medway Town there will be a Premiership.

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posted May 23, 2009

I actually thought King had the best game on the pitch. In my eyes Jackson is overrated as only his positioning and finishing are above average, if he gets signed by a top-flight team it will be DJ Campbell all over again.

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posted May 23, 2009

Noobleton - jackson overated, i personally dont think he is but i can understand y some think he is.

But, sorry he is waaay better than DJ campbell!

UTG, well deserved

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comment by loop (U8256158)

posted May 23, 2009

The Gills will need to strengthen their squad to have a good season in League 1 - hopefully Chris Dickson might join from Charlton, and we could do with another centre back and full back.

Barcham must also be sign on a permanent deal - when you look at the clubs in League 1 next year you realise the gulf in quality and finance from League 2.

It wasn't the best match but Shrewsbury were very defensive sitting back continually and Gillingham attacked the game more and deserved the win.

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posted May 23, 2009

To be honest, if someone came in with a decent price, £1-1.5m I'd probably take it, as it would mean a lot for the club, and a sound return on the £150K investment. Barcham's the player I'd be looking to keep whatever the cost, he can play a key role in League One for us.

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posted May 23, 2009

Simeon jackson isnt overrated the guys pretty good and gave us a daggers a tough time earlier in the season. Well done gillingham though, it was a win-win situation for me anyway because if the gills had lost it wouldve been a nice little away day again but now its shrewsbury who are still with us we can have our revenge for dumping us out of the play offs final game of the season next season!

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posted May 24, 2009

Congratulations to Mark Stimson for keeping his playing principles in the face of terrible criticism earlier in the season.The last time we came up from this division we had a team of hard men under Tony Pulis and he grafted on players with more skill like Hessenthaler, Smith, Asaba and Taylor. We already play more attractive football so I would like to see Mr.Stimson concentrate on improving the spine of the team. I despair when I hear criticism of Simeon Jackson. Who would you want in your team when you need a goal? Twenty one goal Jackson or willing worker Gary Mulligan? Up the Gills!

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comment by TK69 (U9453337)

posted May 24, 2009

agreed,jacko=21 goals.
what more do you want from a striker?
alan shearer did naff all in a lot of games but give him a yard and you were a goal down.jacko may not be in the same class but I will settle for 21 goals a season any time.lay off the man.
UTG!!

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posted May 24, 2009

I was hoping for a Gills win, simply because its another South Eastern team in league one.

Will be a very good season next year!

Congratulations Gillingham!

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posted May 24, 2009

I can see that no shrewsbury fans are commenting on this because they are probalbly crying lol.
Shrewsbury didnt show anything of what they can do and i dunno what was up with chris humphrey but he was awful.
Shrews can be happy with what they have seen this season and we will come back next season with new players even more quality and still have the best stricker in the league HOLTY!
COME ON SALOP CHINS UP!

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