Gillingham Club Profile
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Gillingham : Club Background
The club was formed at the Napier Arms in May 1893, but initially under the name: New Brompton FC. The sum of 1,500 was raised and a plot of land, where Priestfield Stadium still is, purchased for 600. The club were founder members of the Southern League on its formation in 1894-95, and immediately won the Division Two title. To gain promotion they had to play a 'test' match against Swindon Town. The tie was won 5-1.

New Brompton were generally a mid-table and lower First Division side in the Southern League - though one needs to remember it was an exceptionally strong competition in those days, full of clubs who would go on to become major powers in the Football League. During the 1912-13 season New Brompton changed its name to Gillingham F.C.

Main Stand
The Main Stand at Priestfield
Photo 2005 Ciderspace

They were bottom of the last completed Southern League season in 1914-15 before suspension of football for the Great War, and bottom again on the resumption of football in 1919-20. Despite this in 1920 Gillingham became founder members of Football League Division Three. They finished last, but survived without a re-election vote when Division Three South was formed the following year. They continued to be strugglers all the way through the next two decades, only twice finishing in the top half of the division and resorting to re-election for three straight seasons at the start of the 1930's. In 1938 their luck ran out and they were voted out of the Football League, replaced by Ipswich Town.

Back in the Southern League Gillingham met up with Yeovil & Petters United for the first time. The Gills finished third, the Glovers fifth. After World War II the Gills missed the 1945-46 season but were back playing for 1946-47, when they finished as Champions. Runners-up in 1947-48 and Champions again in 1948-49 they were pushing hard to regain their FL place, though the number of votes they received didn't give much cause for optimism. However in 1950 Division Three South was expanded by two clubs and Gillingham took one of the places. Typical of Yeovil's fortune that they finished third to Gillingham's fifth, and had defeated them in both league matches and the F.A. Cup that season, but only got one vote to the Kent side's forty-four. Gillingham's finishes of 22nd, 22nd and 21st over the following three seasons may have cast a few doubts as to whether the right decision had been made. Runners-up Colchester United took the other place; Champions Merthyr Tydfil were ineligible on ground standard issues.

Rainham Stand
The Rainham Stand
Photo 2005 Ciderspace

There were a couple of better seasons, but as the restructuring of the Football League approached the Gills were back in 22nd again for consecutive seasons and were placed into Division Four. Still they failed to pull up any trees, until under Freddie Cox (1962-65) they began to make a mark and won the title on goal average from Carlisle United in 1963-64. There was another Yeovil connection when ex-Glovers manager Basil Hayward took over the Gills in 1965. He kept them in Division Three until 1971. Relegation saw the end of his tenure, but Gillingham were back up at the end of the 1973-74 season as runners-up to Peterborough United.

They stayed in Division Three for fifteen seasons on this occasion, more in the top half of the table than the bottom. However the end of the Eighties saw a decline and they were relegated in 1988-89. By the early Ninties they were flirting with the Conference, their lowest point being 1992-93 when they went into the final day of the season in a straight head-to-head with Halifax Town. A 2-0 victory for The Gills meant it was The Shaymen who went down. The Kent club weren't out of the woods yet and by 1995 had gone into administration.

Love him (not many do) or loathe him (a more popular option) there's little question that the new owner/chairman/chief executive/loudmouth, who came in as the Gills faced oblivion, saved the club, and also took them on to their best days. Paul Scally remains all-powerful at Gillingham, and during his time they got to the second level of the pyramid for the first time in their history. They maintained Division One status for five seasons. In 2003-04 they stayed up on the last day of the season. The following year they were five minutes from survivng again, but a late equaliser from already relegated Nottingham Forest and other results going against them meant the drop from the Football League Championship. Off the field Scally's reign has seen Priestfield almost entirely rebuilt.

Gordon Road Stand
The Gordon Road Stand
Photo 2005 Ciderspace

Since Gillingham's relegation from the Championship in 2005, they've tended to become a bit of a yo-yo club. Relegated to League Two in 2008, they went back up in 2009 ... and then back down in 2010. A few years later they were back again as 2012-13 League Two Champions. They sacked the man who achieved that - Martin Allen - in October 2013, and gave the job to Peter Taylor. He spent 14 questionable months in the job before being fired on New Year's Eve 2014. After a month's worth of protracted negotiations with Newport County, they took on Justin Edinburgh as their manager from February 2015 onwards.

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Gillingham : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Gillingham

08/09/1938HomeSLW4-1Smith, Attley, Carter, Graham
06/05/1939AwaySLL0-2
19/10/1946AwaySLL0-4
19/04/1947HomeSLW4-1Mitcheson(2), Gore, Doyle
23/08/1947AwaySLCF1L1-4Swinfen
30/08/1947HomeSLCF2W1-0Swinfen
03/04/1948HomeSLL0-1
28/04/1948AwaySLL0-5
18/09/1948AwaySLL0-2
19/02/1949HomeSLW3-1Roy, Bryant(2)
10/12/1949HomeFAC2W3-1Wright, Mansley, Foulds
31/12/1949AwaySLW1-0Own Goal
25/03/1950HomeSLW2-1Foulds, Hamilton
19/03/1960HomeFrndW5-1Pounder, Pacey, Coughlin(2), Phillips
28/03/1966HomeFrndD1-1
29/07/1987HomeFrndW1-0600
19/07/1999HomeFrndL1-2485Smith
15/10/2005AwayCCL1D0-06848
22/04/2006HomeCCL1W4-36040Jevons 17, Cohen 35, Terry 51, Davies 55
09/12/2006HomeCCL1W2-04933Best 17, Cohen 59
05/05/2007AwayCCL1W2-07484Kalala 63, Gray 68
18/11/2007HomeCCL1W2-14408Owusu 66, Walker 88
01/03/2008AwayCCL1D0-05083
24/11/2009AwayCCL1L0-14450
13/02/2010HomeCCL1D0-03853
12/08/2014HomeCC1L1-22283Gillett 56
16/08/2014AwayFL1L0-25173
21/02/2015HomeFL1D2-24293Ugwu 21, Morgan 90
10/11/2015AwayLDVD1-11832Cornick 13


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Gillingham

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
11333618237521136104139


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Gillingham : Photo Galleries
Photo Galleries for Yeovil vs Gillingham

Date Event Match Report Photo Gallery Total

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Gillingham : Club Information
Priestfield Stadium
Redfern Avenue
Gillingham
Kent
ME7 4DD

(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 01634 300000
Fax : 01634 850986
Email: info@priestfield.com
Chairman : Paul Scally
Club Secretary : Gwen Poynter
Programme/Website Editor :
Manager : Justin Edinburgh

Capacity : 11,400
Seated : All-seater
Covered Terrace : N/A

Record Attendance : 23,002 v QPR, FAC R3, January 10th 1948
Nickname : The Gills
Colours : shirt - blue, with white trim; shorts - blue, with white trim; socks - blue, er with white trim

Ticket Prices : Visiting supporters are usually housed in Blocks 5 and 6 of the Brian Moore Stand which is behind one of the goals. This is an all-seater 'temporary' affair, but there is NO ROOF. You have been warned - check the weather forecast.

The Huish Park Ticket Office is selling tickets for our 2015-16 Football League Trophy fixture at the following advance prices:

Adults: 12.00; Seniors and Under-18s: 6.00; Under-12s: 1.00.

For small away followings, Gillingham sometimes move supporters into Block H of the Gordon Road Stand, which is a corner block of a side-on covered seated area (i.e. similar to that provided for away fans in the Screwfix Stand at Huish Park). For the 2015-16 Football League Trophy fixture there's a high chance that this will be the case, given the low attendance expected.

Disabled Info:

There are six wheelchair spaces provided in the Brian Moore Stand at the front of the stand. You can admit an assistant free of charge provided you are on the Higher or Severe rate of Disabled Living Allowance, or can carry a letter from your GP explaining the need for an assistant. Disabled admission is at the concessionary (Over-65s) rate above. For any queries about the facilities at Priestfield or to book equipment, email dburgon@priestfield.com or phone David Burgon on 01634 300000.

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Gillingham : Directions To The Ground
General

Ah, M25 time again. Yipee. Go anti-clockwise round the M25 if coming up from the West Country; leave at Junction 5 onto the M26, which takes you across to the M20 (Junction 3). Go eastwards on the M20 to Junction 6, dropping off onto the A229 north. This connects you into the M2 at Junction 3. Eastwards again to Junction 4, then take the A278 in towards Gillingham.

Gillingham is part of the Medway sprawl one of the historic Medway towns. Parts of Rochester aren't unpleasant. Most of the rest is.

By Road

On the A278 follow the signs for Gillingham, driving over two roundabouts before taking the first exit off the third roundabout onto the A2. Continue until the next roundabout (there's a Holiday Inn to your left) and take the third exit onto the A289. At the first roundabout take the first exit onto Cornwallis Avenue. Continue along Cornwallis Avenue over the traffic lights before turning right into Toronto Road. Take the second left off Toronto into Redfern Avenue, where you will see Priestfield Stadium on your left.

If coming from London or north of the Thames get onto the A2 (Junction 2 if coming off the M25) and follow it until it becomes the M2. However don't take the motorway, exit at Junction 1 (M2) and take the A289. Follow the signs for 'Medway Tunnel'. After around three miles take the second exit off the roundabout, again following signs towards 'Medway Tunnel'. At the next roundabout take the first exit. At the next roundabout take the first exit again and into the Tunnel. On exit follow the A289 over two sets of traffic lights before coming to the Strand roundabout. Take the third exit onto Church Street. Drive up the hill and continue over the level crossing. Take the second left after the crossing and follow Linden Drive to the end. Turn right into Redfern Avenue, where you will see Priestfield Stadium on your right.

Parking - street parking is the main option, but supporters should note that the following roads are restricted to permit holders only:
Balmoral Road, Windsor Road, Ferndale Road, Linden Avenue, Priestfield Road, Gordon Road, Livingstone Road, Coulman Street, Beaconsfield Avenue, Harold Avenue, School Lane, Toronto Road, Redfern Avenue and parts of Sunnymead Avenue.
Wardens are about in numbers on matchdays so it is strongly recommended you choose alternative parking areas. 'Safe' zones include:
the furthest end from the stadium of Sunnymead Avenue, Chicago Avenue, Canadian Avenue, Valley Road, Sturdee Avenue, Woodlands Road, Carlton Avenue, Alexandra Avenue, Larkfield Avenue, Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue.

Woodlands Primary School allows parking at 3.00 a time from 1.30p.m. on matchdays but there is only around 100 spaces - don't choose this car park if you're planning an ultra-long stay in the town as they do lock the gates once the cars have cleared after the game. Alternatively, if you can't find any on-street spots, Priestfield is close enough to the town centre to use the car parks there and walk. Of course commercial rates apply.

All visiting supporters coaches must drop supporters at the Cronings Yard car park which is situated in Railway Street. It is a five-minute walk from here back along Gillingham Road to the away supporters entrance at the Priestfield Road Turnstile.

By Rail

Priestfield is a pretty convenient ground for the train, ten minutes walk from Gillingham Station.

Three London terminals serve the town - you can choose from St Pancras International, Charing Cross and Victoria - we'd imagine that the Victoria route (change at Clapham Junction) is the most likely option for those coming up from Yeovil Junction. There are three trains per hour from South Eastern Trains out of Victoria Station on Saturdays. For the quicker service select those with a destination of Ramsgate / Dover Priory rather than those for Faversham. Opt for those running at 22 and 52 minutes past the hour and you'll get there in 54 minutes, whereas the other service will take just over an hour

If you're coming in from the north, the St Pancreas route is also a fast option at typically 44-47 minutes. The Charing Cross services are much slower taking around 1hr 21 minutes, so only use those if you've got a really strong reason to leave from that station.

London Victoria --> Gillingham. It will take you roughly four hours, so allowing for network problems you should really aim to have left by the 09:29 from Yeovil Junction. Going back, the 17:24 or 17:45 services will get you home by 21:38. The last train that can get you home is the 19:45 from Gillingham. -->

Walking to the ground : from Gillingham station turn into Balmoral Road. It's about five minutes down Balmoral Road until you come to the end. Straight opposite Balmoral Road you will see Priestfield Road. The away turnstiles are located at the top of Priestfield Road. Total time is ten minutes maximum.

By Bus

Gillingham is one of those places served by quite a number of different bus companies. You probably have to be a local to know what you are doing.

Taxis

A selection of Gillingham taxi companies can be found here.

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Gillingham : Web Resources
Web Sites

Gillingham Fansonline
Part of the Fans Online franchise, but this one is hosted by a Gills fan, meaning that there are some worthwhile articles written hosted on the site. There's not too much depth to the site other than the main front page articles at present.


Gillingham Official
PTV site, registration required to view. Whilst some information on there is strong, such as downloadable first time fans guides, other information, such as lists of club employees and contacts, is very thin on the ground and was the predictable frustrating PTV navigation experience.


Gills365
At one point this was a fans-authored entertaining website that was well written. It's now back to being one of the generic Footy MAD franchise rubbish, where those maintaining it don't even bother to format the text they paste into the site. Don't bother.


Web Message Boards

Gillingham Fansonline Message Board
Currently appears to be the busiest Gills forum.


Gills365
MAD board, membership required to post.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Kent Messenger



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Gillingham : Food & Drink
General :

Even (or maybe, especially) the home fans admit the catering in Priestlands is nothing to get excited about. The town centre, which is a quite short walk away, has all the usual fast food outlets one would expect. There are also two fish and chip shops in Gillingham Road just a few minutes from the ground.

The most local beer comes from the Nelson Brewery Co. in Chatham. It has a small number of tied outlets in the Medway area and supplies around 80 other outlets. It produces a good number of seasonal offerings and up to ten other beers, some regulars, others more occasional.

Club Bar :

The Medway Stand houses the Official Supporters Club Members bar. As we understand it that's what it is - members only.

Local Pubs :

Cricketers: Usually a home fans dominated pub but has on occasion allowed away supporters entrance. Has a full menu and a large beer garden. About five hundred yards from the stadium.
Cricketers, Sturdee Avenue, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 2JR. Tel: 01634 851226. Map: Click Here.

Dog & Bone: Town centre pub a few hundred yards from the railway station and around ten minutes walk from the ground. Used to do food, but no longer. Four handpumps with a constantly changing variety of unusual beers on offer. Conservatory has fruit and games machines, juke box and pool table. Also has a small garden. Opening 11-11. Welcomes away fans.
Dog & Bone, 21, Jeffrey Street, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 1DE. Tel: 01634 576829. Map: Click Here.

Frog & Toad: Local community pub running football, darts, and quiz teams, golf and fishing competitions etc. Holds a number of beer festivals each year, but sadly our fixture doesn't coincide with one. Lunches available during the week but at weekends food is restricted to sandwiches plus free snacks on the bar. Has four handpumps (London Pride is the regular, the others constantly vary), a draught Belgian ale, up to thirty different Continental bottled beers, Dry Blackthorn and usually a farmhouse style cider from the West Country, keg Boddingtons, Guinness, and for lager drinkers Carling Black Label, Carlsberg, De Konnick, Stella Artois. Beer garden. OK with children. Opening is 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.
Frog & Toad, 38, Burnt Oak Terrace, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 1DR. Tel: 01634 852231. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Livingstone Arms: Opening Monday to Saturday is 10.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Hundred yards or so from the stadium and no issues with admitting away fans. A range of draught beers available including some unspecified real ale. Satellite TV on a big screen, pool table, darts board, juke box, new beer garden, disabled facilities, family room / play area, own car parking. Credit cards accepted. Food on Sundays only.
Livingstone Arms, 239, Gillingham Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 4RB. Tel: 01634 851284. Map: Click Here.

The Barge: Not the easiest to find, in the back streets, with good views of the river from the beer garden. Under half a mile from the station and ten minutes or so walk to the football stadium. Has five real ales, with Joshua, produced by Nelson Brewery of Chatham the house beer. The others are regularly changing guests. Pool table, games machine, TV and darts. Opening times are various on weekdays, but a simple 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. on Saturdays.
The Barge, 63, Layfield Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 4NN. Tel: 01634 850485. Map: Click Here.

The Southern Belle: Pub directly opposite the exit to Gillingham railway station. Welcomes away fans.
The Southern Belle, 170, High Street, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 1AJ. Tel: 01634 280699. Map: Click Here.

Will Adams: Another pub a few hundred yards from the railway station and ten minutes or so walk to the ground. Popular with home supporters on matchdays - the landlord, who has been there over a decade, is a fan - but welcoming away fans too. The regular beers were Summer Lightning and London Pride on our visit last season, plus up to three guests. There's a cider, usually Old Rosie but sometimes another variety, and Budweiser Budvar lager - that's the 'proper' one for anybody who has only previously experienced some disgusting Yank rip off of the name - on draught. Has pool and darts. Food available at lunchtimes -basic fare but good enough for all that. Standard opening is 12.00 noon - 3.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m., but the pub opens at 11.30am on Saturdays when Gillingham are at home.
Will Adams, 73, Saxton Street, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 5EG. Tel: 01634 575902. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Pretty much. Standard 'London Fringe' lingo is what they speak here.

Top-Tip :

If you go to Gillingham, Dorset, you won't see the match you expected. This one is pronounced Jillingham.

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Gillingham : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

To be honest Rochester and Chatham in the Medway area have more character and interest. Gillingham doesn't have a lot to recommend it. In fact we can't think of anything.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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