Date: 29th January 2009 at 8:14pm
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As we prepare for the visit of Gillingham to the Deva Stadium on Saturday, we look back to a classic encounter between Chester and Gillingham from the end of February 1977.

With The Stadium visitors unbeaten in 1977 so far, a keen tussle was expected. From the first whistle it was obvious that Chester were treating the game with no fears of injuries in their preparations for the important FA Cup game at wolves in the 5th Round.

The Seals attacked down the flanks – Oakes, Paul Crossley and Dearden were far superior in midfield, and Gillingham were second best in practically every department.

Ron Hillyard in the Gillingham goal, was in tremendous form – and he had to be as Ian Edwards, Owen and Crossley peppered shots in from all angles.

With twenty minutes gone, Alan Oakes chipped in a cross for Billy Dearden, he jinked inside the centre back, his shot rebounded to Paul Crossley who made no mistake with his 15th goal of the season from just inside the 18 yard box.

With half time now fast approaching, it was a miracle how Chester were only one goal in front. Just after half time, Gillingham had their one and only chance, and they should have scored as Damien Richardson missed with the goal at his mercy.

Chester didn’t let this upset them as they continued to attack the visitors’ defence – but at the end of the match had to settle for the only goal victory for the 4,048 supporters.