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Gills travel to Bournemouth in final away day

By Jack Nolan
April 27 2007

Gillingham travel without manager Ronnie Jepson to Bournemouth on Saturday aiming to earn just their third away win of the season. Jepson will be on a scouting mission as Gillingham are now safe. Gillingham will be taking around 1,500 fans with them to Bournemouth, hoping to conclude their travels with a victory at the Fitness First Stadium. Bournemouth v Gillingham
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Gillingham Team News

Gary Mulligan will miss out on the trip to Bournemouth on Saturday having suffered a reoccurrence of his thigh injury which brought him off just before half time against Port Vale last weekend.

Matt Jarvis may return against the Cherries in which is his last season with Gillingham, and Simon Royce will continue in goal.

Duncan Jupp is ruled out and Dale Tonge has returned to his parent club Barnsley following his short loan spell with the club.


Bournemouth Team News

Former England international Darren Anderton is a doubt ahead of Gillingham's trip to the south coast. Callum Hart (knee) and Shaun Maher (foot) and midfielder Steve Foley (back) are all sidelined.



Referee: Mike Thorpe (Suffolk)
Assistant Referees: David Phillips (Sussex) and Eamonn Smith (Surrey)
Fourth Official: Simon Snartt (Gloucestershire)



Fans are reminded that a minute applause will occur for 1966 World Cup winner Alan Ball who sadly passed away last Wednesday at the age of 61. The League's Chief Operating Officer, Andy Williamson, said: "This is very sad news for everyone in the game. Alan made an enormous contribution to League football as a player and a manager and his part in English football's proudest day will live long in the memory. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends.

"Having a minute's applause at every match this weekend will give supporters the opportunity to pay their own tribute."


Ticket News

Gillingham have sold out their initial allocation of 1300 seats at the Fitness First Stadium



Ronnie Jepson

"We want to go there and win. For me, you are not worth your sort if you do not want to win a game of football. You are a professional footballer and no matter whether you are safe or not, you should want to win. It's about professional pride and about trying to entertain the supporters who follow us all over the country. That is a pre-requisite and you have got to do that.

"That is what we get paid for; to win football matches and to entertain our crowd. I'm not sure what Bournemouth require as we're just concentrating on ourselves. Hopefully we can get a few more points. It has been an up and down season. Some of the performances have been top drawer, and some others have been poor. It is just about getting that consistency. With that, we'd have been a lot higher up the table. We've got two games left and it would be nice to finish the season on a high to put us in good stead for next season."



Out of 86 meetings, Bournemouth have won 33 games with Gillingham victorious 32 times. The remaining 21 games ended all square.



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