15. Colin Greenall (1986-1988)

When Colin Greenall joined the Gills from Blackpool in September ’86 it was an attempt by Keith Peacock to shore up a defence whose habit of leaking goals at the wrong time had done much to cost us promotion the previous two seasons.  The effect was immediate – and the defence that season was notably tighter than it had been for a number of seasons.  Greenall was outstanding at the back, a commanding figure who led by example, and also popped up with his fair share of goals.

In 87-88, Greenall continued to impress, although he was not quire as infallible as previously – notably in an FA Cup third round tie with Birmingham, in which his early own goals was a prelude to easily his poorest display in a Gills shirt.  And then he was gone.  We turned up for a home game with Aldershot to be greeted by the news that he wasn’t playing.  Must be injured, we thought.  But he wasn’t, he’d been sold to then top division side Oxford for £285,000.

80 apps, 9 goals

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