Luke Naylor – My Greatest Gills XI

RainhamEndViews this week caught up with 20 year old Gillingham fan Luke Naylor to discuss his greatest ever Gills side.

Luke has been a supporter since the age of eight, and his first game was versus Leeds United.

He says he only went along because his dad was a Leeds fan, but is now grateful as it started his love affair with the blue boys.

His team is set up in a modern day 4-2-3-1 formation:

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GK – Jason Brown: Just edges in ahead of Simon Royce and current stopper Stuart Nelson, his ability saw him get into plenty of Wales squads.

RB – Nayron Nosworthy: A stalwart of the Gills’ days in the Championship, the athletic and pacey Nayron will also be remembered for his jaunts as a makeshift striker.

CB – Barry Ashby: An absolute rock during his time at the club, good on the deck and in the air. This true leader will always be a Gillingham legend.

CB – Simon King: Technically as good a centre half as there has been to play for Gills, he sadly had his career cut short by injury. Superb in shackling Grant Holt in the 2009 Play Off Final victory.

LB – Joe Martin: Very good during the League Two championship winning 2012-13 campaign, the no frills Martin is in as much for his set piece ability as his defensive work.

DM – Andy Hessenthaler: Everything he did epitomised the Gills. Hardworking, tenacious, and no shortage of ability either. Mr Gillingham.

DM – Jack Payne: Technically astute, he could pick a pass from deep areas. Calm in possession, and also popped up with the odd screamer.

RM – Nicky Southall: A wand of a right foot, Southall’s delivery from wide areas made him the David Beckham of the lower leagues.

CAM – Paul Shaw: Never an out and out goal scorer, his game was about so much more. Technically superb, Shaw always seemed to have time on the ball and excelled operating ‘in the hole’.

LM – Matt Jarvis: By no means the finished article at the Gills, but it was always abundantly clear that he would move on to bigger things. Could beat players and deliver crosses for fun.

ST – Cody McDonald: This natural goal scorer just had to be included. A ratio of almost one goal in two is more than decent; you are always in the game with this man in your side.

From his line up, Luke says that Simon King is his favourite player, and deserves legendary status within the club just for his performance in the 2009 Play Off Final. He loved not only his defensive work, but also his ability to play out from the back.

Regarding the remainder of this season, Luke will be happy for us to finish mid table and continue progressing under Justin Edinburgh, and any higher will be a bonus.

You can follow Luke on Twitter @Naylor94


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