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Dateline: FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2017

 
 

ALAN JULIAN FACT FILE

League & Cup: 2008-2011

80 appearance

Previous Club: Stevenage

Next Club:  Stevenage

Four days later, Julian made his first league start for Gills in a 0–1 home loss to Luton Town but in competition with Simon Royce he did not make another first-team appearance until November that year, keeping a clean sheet in an away win at Macclesfield.


Julian had to wait some time before another start at the end of a campaign that ended with a Wembley Play-off win against Shrewsbury where Alan Julian was on the substitutes bench watching Simon Royce in goal. Julian had made a total of six appearances during his first season with the Gills, keeping three clean sheets.


Ahead of the League One 2009/10 campaign, manager Mark Stimson admitted he was undecided as to whether Alan Julian or Simon Royce would start in the club's opening fixture of the season against Swindon. Julian ultimately started in the club's 5–0 home win but after three straight defeats in the space of a week with Gills conceding seven goals, Julian was replaced by Royce.


With the lack of action Julian handed in a transfer request in November 2009 but no offers were evident and Julian remained at Gillingham making 33 appearances during the 2009–10 season, keeping eight clean sheets.

Under new Gills manager Andy Hessenthaler Julian was first choice goalkeeper but lost his first-team place to new signing Lance Cronin after a winless run at the start of the campaign.


Julian regained his first-team place and was in the side that ended Gills 35 game winless away streak against Oxford United making a number of key saves during the game at the Kassam Stadium.


Julian remained as first choice goalkeeper throughout the season as Gills boss Andy Hessenthaler took the side to finish in eighth position in League Two.


However Julian was informed that he no longer featured in the Hessenthaler's plans and he was released at the end of May 2011. In his stop/start Gills career Alan Julian had made 80 appearances in all competitions for Gillingham during the three years he had spent at Priestfield.


Julian them moved back to Stevenage and then, staying in the non-league circuit, subsequently played for Newport County, Dartford, Sutton United and Bromley before joining Billericay who are currently 11th in the Isthmian League Premier Division.