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Deon Burton's header sent npower League Two leaders Gillingham on the way to their 7th win out of 8 with an a 2-0 win at Port Vale.

Cigarette butt fine

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Taylor no stranger to South coast

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Peter Taylor has previously managed Gillingham Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Peter Taylor is no stranger to the South Coast. He has managed a number of teams in the Meridian region.

He started his management career with Dartford between 1999 - 2000. Between 1993 - 1995 he was at Southend Sunited, before moving back to Kent to look after Dover Athletic between 1995 - 1996.

His first stint in charge of Gillingham was in 1999 - 2000 when he took to the Division Two play-off finals and the FA Cup Fourth Round.

In 2001, he took over at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Peter Taylor appointed interim manager

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Peter Taylor has been appointed as interim manager Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A statement on the club's website from chairman, Paul Scally said: "I have received already a huge response from potential new candidates such that the process of considering a replacement manager is clearly going to take some considerable time.

"With that in mind... I contacted Peter Taylor this afternoon to ascertain whether he would consider coming back to the Club on an 'interim manager' basis pending a full time appointment to be made in the weeks ahead.

"I am delighted that Peter has accepted this role and he will take responsibility for the team with immediate effect, meeting the Management and Players tomorrow morning, and taking charge of our game against Preston on Saturday and thereafter until a permanent appointment is made."


Gills training ground closed

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Training will be behind closed doors this week Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Gillingham's training sessions will take place behind closed doors this week following the sudden sacking of manager, Martin Allen.

On it's website the club announced: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused to supporters planning to attend training sessions, and we appreciate your cooperation in respecting the players privacy as they prepare for the visit of Preston North End on Saturday."


Toddler goes home for the first time

A three-year-old girl who's been in hospital ever since she was born - is finally home tonight. Maisie Harris has a very rare condition that means her brain doesn't tell her when to breathe.

But at last, with the help of a portable ventilator, Maisie has been able to leave Great Ormond Street to start a new life in Gillingham. Laura Plumer reports, speaking to Maisie's father, Andrew; Maisie's mother Rachel Bridger; and ward nurse Kate Harkus.

Gillingham victorious at Crewe Alexander

Gillingham's boss Martin Allen believes hard work by the Kent team was the decisive factor in their success at Crewe today. The away result was the Gills first victory of the season.

Speaking on Gillingham's website the manager explained the changes he'd made to bring about today's result.

We made some changes today – Callum Davies came in and did particularly well, Gregory came in and done really well. Kedwell was outstanding, Lee and Whelpdale were superb, all of them were quality. It has been a long week with the training sessions and I don’t think I have ever put on as many in one week in all my life

– Martin Allen, Manager, Gillingham FC
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