Gills at the Turf

Last updated : 05 January 2004 By Tony Scholes

Gills' boss Andy Hessenthaler
Finally the run of away draws has come to an end and we could at least be thankful that Ian Rush pulled out that number three ball for a home tie. It would have been better if former Claret Steve Guinan had found us better opposition.

Not as though Gillingham will be too happy with the draw either, they will not see a trip to Turf Moor, hardly a money spinner, as reward for beating Charlton on Saturday although it will mean an earlier return than expected for Ian Cox. Only by two weeks though and our next home league game after the cup tie will be Gillingham.

There is no history to look back on, we have never met Gillingham in any of the cup competitions in the past, in fact Gillingham are a side we hadn't played at all until 1980.

That has not been the case since and we have often found ourselves in the same division and have already beaten them this season with a rare 3-0 win at the Priestfield Stadium with goals from Ian Moore, Dean West and Robbie Blake.

It took us a while longer to come out of the drum this time and the complete draw is:

Manchester City or Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Swansea City v Preston North End or Reading
Northampton Town or Rotherham United v Manchester United
Kidderminster Harriers or Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United
Arsenal v Middlesbrough
Coventry City v Accrington Stanley or Colchester United
Ipswich Town v Sunderland
Luton Town v Tranmere Rovers or Bolton Wanderers
Liverpool v Newcastle United
Burnley v Gillingham
Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United
Portsmouth v Barnsley or Scunthorpe United
Everton v Fulham
Telford United v Millwall
Southend United or Scarborough v Watford or Chelsea
Birmingham City v Franchise or Stoke City