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Sunday, 30 January, 2000, 16:18 GMT
Glamour tie for Gills

Gillingham are hoping for another Premiership scalp


Second Division Gillingham have been given the chance to extend their giantkilling run after being guaranteed a trip to a Premiership side in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The Gills, who have already beaten top-flight teams Bradford and Sheffield Wednesday on their way to the last eight, have been drawn against Chelsea.

The only all-Premiership match sees in-form Aston Villa travel to Everton for what promises to be an intriguing clash.

At least one Nationwide League team will reach the semi-finals of the competition, after Bolton were drawn at home to First Division leaders Charlton.

The final tie sees knock-out masters Tranmere - who are already in the Worthington Cup final - host Newcastle, who beat Blackburn 2-1 at Ewood Park.

Scally so happy

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally said he was delighted with the prospect of a trip to Stamford Bridge.

"The bank manager will certainly be very happy," he said.

"It's a wonderful draw and was one of my first choices. It will be great for us to play on a Premiership stage. It's the first time we've reached the quarter-finals in our history and we're going to enjoy every minute of it.

"We've got to where we are on merit having beaten two Premiership sides and a strong First Division team. Now we're just grateful to be there and pleased with the draw."

Charlton defender Richard Rufus welcomed an away trip to Bolton saying: "It's good for Charlton considering who we could've been drawn against."

Quarter-final draw:

Chelsea v Gillingham

Everton v Aston Villa

Bolton v Charlton

Tranmere v Newcastle

Matches to be played on the weekend of February 19-20.

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