FA Cup draw delights Gillingham chairman Paul Scally

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally
Paul Scally has been Gillingham chairman since 1995

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally is expecting a sell-out crowd for their home FA Cup match with Stoke City.

Scally told BBC Radio Kent: "We said all along we'd like a home tie with a Premier League club, or an away game with one of the top four."

The tie will mean the return to Priestfield of former manager Tony Pulis, who was sacked after Gills' play-off defeat in 1999.

"It will be lovely to see his team, I'm delighted for the fans and players."

Scally, who was at Gillingham when Pulis left, added: "I don't want to go over old ground about the manager."

Pulis took Gillingham to court following his dismissal just days after the team were beaten at Wembley by Manchester City in the Division Two play-off final.

The tie will also reunite current Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler with his former boss - Hessenthaler played under Pulis after joining the Gills in 1996.

"It's great to get a bit of exposure from the Cup," said Hessenthaler.

"The Cup runs we've had in the past, the quarter-final against Chelsea in 2000 for instance, brought us into the public eye and that's great for the club and the fans because people are talking about us."

Gillingham's third-round tie with Stoke City is scheduled for the weekend of the 7/8 January 2012.

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