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Brian Gibbs: 1936-2014

29 January 2014

Former U's man passes away

Brian died on Monday, aged 77.

Brian Gibbs, a member of the U's side that beat Leeds in that memorable FA Cup run of 1970/71, has sadly passed away.

Brian played 174 times for the U's, having been signed by Dick Graham for £8,000 in 1968 and he repaid the fee with a hatful of goals.

He featured strongly in the famous FA Cup run of 1970/71 as the U’s reached the quarter finals after beating Leeds United in the Fifth Round.

He also won the Watney Cup with the U's in the following pre-season and is a member of the club's Hall of Fame.

"We were deeply saddened to hear the news of Brian's passing this week," U's Former Players Association committee member John Schultz said.

"He was a popular figure at the club during his time at Layer Road and his place in club history is assured with his links to that memorable day against Leeds United.

"Everyone at the club and the Former Players Association are thinking about Brian's family at this difficult time."

He is also regarded as a Gillingham legend after being leading scorer for five successive seasons, following his £4,000 arrival from Bournemouth in October 1962.

He won the Fourth Division title with the Gills in 1963/4 and came close to helping them into Division Two a couple of seasons later. 

He became the first Gills player to notch 100 League goals, but joined the U's as the Kent’s side’s fortunes began to wain.

Our thoughts are with Brian's family at this sad time.

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