Leicester will play Gillingham in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, coming up on the 7th of January. We have looked back on all those players who have been in both camps, and also had a look up on managers, with a certain Peter Taylor to be mentioned. PT is now in his 24th manager position at Maldon and Tiptree.
He joined Leicester in the summer of 2000 to take over from Martin O’Neill, who left for Celtic. Peter Taylor guided The Gills into the 2nd tier of English football and his work was on a scale that Leicester became interested and decided to go for the former Crystal Palace and Tottenham winger.
Junior Lewis made a switch from Gillingham to Leicester under the time Peter Taylor was in charge. He stayed for three seasons before he again joined up with Peter Taylor at Hull City. Lewis was loaned out to Brighton (coached by Taylor), Swindon twice and Hull before making his permanent move in 2004.
Goalkeeper Simon Royce made a move to Gillingham in 2007, first on loan, making the move permanent later on, keeping his playing career going at The Priestfield until 2010, adding up 95 league games. He later rejoined The Gills in a goalkeeper coach capacity and was also registered as a player without making any 1st team league appearances.
Micky Adams who came in with Dave Bassett as they took over the reigns at Leicester from Peter Taylor started his playing career with Gillingham, before making his next moves in football to Coventry, Leeds and Southampton. Adams was in charge at Leicester from 2002 to 2004, as he experienced two relegations and one promotion.
Ade Akinbiyi who was a record signing for Leicester from Wolves also spent time at Gillingham from 1996 to 1996 adding up 28 leage goals in 63 games. Trevor Benjamin played on loan at Gillingham while at Leicester, scoring 1 goal in 4 league games.
Wayne Brown spent time on loan at Gillingham in 2003 while a player at Watford. Steve Butler, a coach at Leicester during the days of Peter Taylor, played as a forward for The Gills from 1995 to 1999, scoring 20 goals in 108 league apperances. He joined Peterborough for a season before moving back to Gillingham, scoring twice in |0 leage ugames
Pat Gavin was a signing for Leicester from Gillingham in 1989, later rejoining The Gills on loan. A total of 48 games, scoring 7 goals in his days at Priestfield Stadium. His two years with Leicester was a bit of a nightmare, being inolved in just 3 league games.
Colin Gordon ended his league career with Leicester in 1992, joining from Birmingham a year before. He played 24 league games and scored 5 goals for Leicester. He had a short loan spell with Gillingham in 1987, at the time on the books at Wimbledon, playing 4 games, scroring 2 goals.
Neil Grewcock joined Gillingham from Leicester in 1981, playing 34 league games for The Gills, scoring 4 goals. The winger played 8 times for Leicester scoring once, making his debut in 1978. He later played for Burnley. Goalkeepers Lars Hirschfeld and Martin Hodge both had short loan spells at Gillingham.
French defender Franck Rolling played at Leicester from 1995 to 1997 adding up 18 league games, he moved to Bournemouth and later to Gillingham, playing just 2 games before a new move happened, this time to Wycombe. Former Leicester coach and assistant Steve Walford had a short loan spell at Gillingham, during his time with West Ham.
Paul Williams was a youth player at Leicester operating at left back. He left in 1999 and signed for Stockport. He later had spells at Coventry, Plymouth, Gillingham and Bury.
Players in both camps,
- Simon Royce
- Martin Hodge
- Lars Hirschfeld
- Wayne Brown
- Franck Rolling
- Paul Williams
- Junior Lewis
- Neil Grewcock
- Trevor Benjamin
- Ade Akinbiyi
- Pat Gavin
- Colin Gordon