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Gillingham present a united front as season gets off to a flyer

Chairman Paul Scally was delighted with the performance, on the pitch and in the stands, against Burton Albion

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Gillingham’s resounding 3-1 home win over Burton Albion has put everyone in a good mood, including chairman Paul Scally.

By the time most fans had returned home and finished a celebratory pint or three, they will have been greeted with a message from the at-times polarising chairman via the official Gillingham website.

Scally, like the overwhelming majority of those in attendance on Saturday, was delighted with how things turned out as the Gills produced a superb performance to come back from conceding a soft goal to beat Burton by three goals to one in a dominant performance that could have seen the Gills win by an even wider margin.

But it wasn’t just the performance on the pitch that put a smile on the Gills chairman’s face on Saturday, as the fans showed up and generated an excellent atmosphere as they roared the side on to a dominant victory.

“I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you very much to the supporters who were at the stadium for today’s game against Burton Albion,” he said in a statement on the club website.

“You came in incredible numbers, you didn’t stop singing from start to finish and if that continues then I think we are in for a good season.

“It was a highly impressive performance; every single member of the team put in a fantastic shift and it was a great tribute to our forefathers of 125 years ago.

“It was pleasing to see so many people in our black and white anniversary shirts and we couldn’t have asked for a better opening to our 2018/19 campaign with a win at Priestfield in difficult conditions, considering the tropical storm that we had yesterday which made the surface very wet.

“Had more rain come today then it is questionable whether the game would have gone ahead at all so we owe a great deal of gratitude to John (Plummer, the head groundsman) and the ground staff who have worked tremendously hard to get the game on.”

Gillingham’s win quickly silenced those who seemed rather too quick to jump on a 5-1 pre-season loss to Colchester as they turned in an outstanding display after conceding a soft opening goal.

But the Gills were dangerous throughout, with new signings Regan Charles-Cook and Brandon Hanlan particularly dangerous, while last season’s top scorer Tom Eaves came off the bench to bag a brace and get his season off to a flying start.

The only negative on an otherwise excellent day was the injury sustained by another of Gillingham’s new signings, midfielder Dean Parrett.

But the mood among the fans leaving the stadium was an upbeat, almost excited, vibe as the prospect of a side with pace, skill and finishing ability sent the Gills faithful home with a spring in their step.

And with the chairman taking the first opportunity possible to post a message of gratitude to the club’s fans, it looks like everyone is starting the season on the same page and pulling in the same direction.

Long may it continue.