FA Cup: Underperforming Gillingham FC Deserve To Be Relegated This Season

Daniel GoochAnalyst INovember 8, 2010

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30:  Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler looks on during the npower League Two match between Northampton Town and Gillingham at Sixfields Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)
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Gillingham are a shadow of the team they were just a few years ago.

It was less than two years ago when they were playing in the third round of the FA cup at home to Aston Villa. That time they just missed out on going through (or at least a reply) because of a wrong penalty decision against them.

This weekend has got to be on the other end of the scale. Going out in the first round to Dover.

Yes, you heard that right—from Aston Villa to Dover.

After the horrific 2-0 defeat against Andy Hessenthaler's former team, he said publicly that he is thinking of putting the whole team on the transfer list.

In 2002-03 the Gills finished 11th in the English First Division. Now, eight years later, they could be going to their lowest position in decades.

If you're a Gillingham fan, you will know that every time they play away, you'll get money if you bet against your own team.

Each week, hundreds of Gills fans follow the team around the country hoping for an away win. For any other club, after a few games, you may see an away win. This is not the case with the Gills.

They have not recorded an away win in any competition since May 2009! That's 34 away games ago!

When any team sees Gillingham on their home fixture list, I'm sure they think, "That's three easy points."

After the Canadian international, Simeon Jackson, left the club the Gills had to look for someone else who could score. There were very few people who could match the previous guy.

Home games aren't that bad. Gill's fans can still go to Priestfield with a chance of seeing their team win, but that is not a certainty.

Currently they are in 20th place, and just three points above the relegation zone. It seems odd that they were one of the favourites to be promoted at the start of the season.

After a season or so of poor performances, I believe that there is a big chance that Gillingham will be in the Blue Square Premier next season.