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Last Updated: Monday, 17 January, 2005, 14:16 GMT
Hessenthaler shock at BBC honour
Andy Hessenthaler
Hessenthaler has been with Gillingham since August 1996
Andy Hessenthaler was "absolutely overwhelmed" to learn that he had been voted as Gillingham's greatest ever player in a BBC Radio Kent poll.

The veteran midfielder received around 1,000 votes to pip Birmingham manager Steve Bruce into second place.

"It's a fantastic honour, especially with all the others who've played for this club," Hessenthaler said.

"There are some big players who've played here, and I can't thank the fans enough," he told the club website.

Midfielder Paul Smith, who was eighth, is the only other current Priestfield player to feature in the top 20 besides former player-manager Hessenthaler.

The top 20:
1. Andy Hessenthaler
2. Steve Bruce
3. Robert Taylor
4. Tony Cascarino
5. Terry Cochrane
6. Brian Yeo
7. John Simpson
8. Paul Smith
9. Ron Hillyard
10. Jim Stannard
11. Ade Akinbiyi
12. Dick Tydeman
13. Paul Shaw
14. Gavin Peacock
15. Dave Shearer
16. Damien Richardson
17. Carl Asaba
18. Adrian Pennock
19. Dave Peach
20. Marlon King

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