The Best & Worst: Gills’ Season Review 2014-15

It only seems like five minutes ago that we all arrived back at the MEMS Priestfield last August, filled with a mixture of nerves and excitement for the start of another campaign. 

Quite simply this season has flown by, and now is time for reflection.

So here at RainhamEndViews we have come up with our own review, looking at the best and worst of Gills in 2014-15.

Best Player: Bradley Dack – Hard work, high energy, match winning goals, assists – plus marvellous hair – all summed up our attacking midfielder. Decent enough before Christmas, he was simply outstanding during the second half of the campaign. 

Best Signing: John Egan – After just one season he is already being talked about as perhaps the club’s best ever ‘freebie’. May have a way to go for that, but he didn’t have one bad game on route to deservedly winning Player of the Year. 

Best Loan Star: Max Ehmer – A tough call between this lad and John Marquis, but the big German has been almost flawless since the New Year. Securing him permanently would be a real coup for the club.

Loan Ranger: QPR loanee Ehmer has been superb since joining. Can the Gills secure him permanently?

Best Team Display: Swindon, away (3-0) – In their own back yard, versus our old ‘friends’ we simply blew them away with a high energy display full of pressing and three very good goals. 

Skipper Doug Loft described everyone as ‘a nine or ten’ in the 3-0 win over Swindon.

Worst Team Display: Scunthorpe, home (0-3) – A total write off that now, looking back, summed up Peter Taylor’s reign. Everything that could go wrong went wrong, the cause not helped by the skipper stupidly getting himself dismissed before half time.

Best Live Game: Leyton Orient, home (3-2) – A match that simply had everything. Two penalties (one which was saved), five goals, a red card, no end of drama and a 98th minute Gills’ winner. 

Orient at home; our best live game and best live goal.

Best Live Goal: Cody McDonald v Leyton Orient, home (3-2) – A fitting end to our favourite live game. With the Gills down to ten men and without a league win in two months, Cody McDonald popped up in the final seconds to smash home a Brennan Dickenson corner and secure a morale boosting 3-2 win.

Worst Miss: Jermaine McGlashan v Crawley, away (2-1) – If rumours are true, the ball is still orbiting the earth next to Roberto Baggio and Chris Waddle’s World Cup penalties. Should admire the fact he managed to clear the bar from seemingly in the goal.

Best Individual Display: John Egan & Max Ehmer v Bristol City, away (0-0) – Maybe not an obvious choice, but on a day where every player in blue put their bodies on the line, our two centre halves were almost Herculean in a second half resembling the Alamo. 

Max Ehmer (centre) and John Egan (right) were colossal versus the champions in waiting.

Worst Indivdual Display: Doug Loft v Scunthorpe, home (0-3) – In a game there for the taking against struggling opponents, our leader sadly lost his head and got himself needlessly sent off. Not the example to be setting to his team mates.

Worst Away Fan: The Oldham Ball Chucker – Spent time and money travelling to Kent, then got himself thrown out the ground for chucking the ball at Josh Pritchard. After that he tried to row with Gills fans on Twitter, claiming the home stewards were to blame. 

Worst Away Player: Andy Cannon, Rochdale – Spent all game falling over at the slightest  of contact, and generally played the role of soft little girl come pantomime villain very well. 

Best Goal: Luke Norris v Sheffield United, away (1-2) – His first touch took two players out of the game, and his second was a thundering left footed drive that cannoned in off the bar. Absolute class.

Worst Away Gaffer: Keith Hill, Rochdale – Having seen his side reduced to nine men, Hill basically questioned every refereeing decision, and then claimed in his press conference he had thought about instructing two more players to get dismissed in order to force an abandonment. A fool.

Best Celebration: Luke Norris v Notts County, home (3-1) – After months of trying, Norris finally netted his first home goal for the club on the final day. His joy and relief was obvious as he was bundled by all of his team mates in front of the Rainham End. 

Best Point Proved: Doug Loft v Colchester, home (2-2) – I will happily admit that I’ve not always been enamoured with our captain at times during the season, but his late leveller here lead to me hurdling seven rows off seats at breakneck speed. Fair play skipper. Sssssshhhhhhh!

The captain’s late leveller versus Colchester may have been a turning point with some Gills fans.

Best Pass: Josh Pritchard v Preston, away (2-2) – Quite simply put, if this pass was at a higher level it would have been spoken about on all major sports channels at length. Half volley, forty yards, outside of the foot with pinpoint precision leading to a last gasp leveller. Brilliant. 

Preston away, RainhamEndViews’ best pass and best late goal.

Best Late Goal: Leon Legge v Preston, away (2-2) – Having been 2-0 down at the home of the the promotion chasers, centre half Leon was sent up front, and his injury time header secured a hard fought, come from behind point.

Worst Away Kit: Notts County – A wretched yellow and green combo with ‘Women Make Waves’ emblazoned on the front . Nothing else needs to be said. If ever a kit deserved to be relegated, this horror was it. 

‘Dad, is it really true that we are getting relegated because of this kit?’

Best Tweet: Jermaine McGlashan – Flying winger Glash tweeted what he probably thought was an innocent changing room picture after the final day win against Notts County. It became apparent – mainly to female Gills fans – soon after that team mate Bradley Dack was displaying a little more than he maybe realised.

 One for the ladies; Bradley Dack gives Gills’ female fans something to remember him by over the summer.

So there it is, our run down of the best and worst of all things Gillingham during 2014-15. As with all our blogs, we hope you interact and let us know your personal favourites for all the categories covered. We will endeavour to retweet as many as possible.

UP THE GILLS!!


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