Club Profile

Gillingham

Poor Gillingham (it’s JILL-ing-um) is barely hanging on, but a day out there combines fourth-tier English football with seafaring English history.

LOCATION: Gillingham, Kent, about an hour east from London’s St. Pancras Station

CONTACT: gillinghamfootballclub.com, 01634 300000, #Gills

NICKNAMES: Gills, pronounced “jills”

History

If you were to somehow lop off the top two tiers of the English football pyramid, Gillingham, despite their current struggles, would look like a pretty big club. They’ve been around since 1893, in the Football League all but a few years since 1920, and continuously in that league since 1958. They have spent 56 of those years in the third or…

Rivalries

Millwall and Maidenhead are the closest by geography, but the former is usually above Gills in the league and the latter is a league below them in the National League. There is also a rivalry with Swindon Town owing to some testy, high-stakes matches back in the 1980s and ’90s. They will meet in League Two this…

Women's Team

Gillingham gave up their women’s team during the pandemic, but Gillingham Women FC, an independent outfit, play in the Women’s National League South at tier 3 of the pyramid. Home games are in nearby

Songs

Paul was there on a rainy Tuesday night and saw them lose, so there wasn’t much singing at

Stadium

Priestfield (capacity 11,582) has been their home since the club’s founding, but three of the stands were built in the late 1990s. The fourth, the Brian Moore Stand, is an uncovered temporary stand where you do not want to sit on a rainy and windy evening. The club originally intended to build a permanent Moore Stand, but the financial problems…

Going to a Game at Gillingham

GETTING THERE: It’s half a mile from the train station, so a pretty easy walk. There isn’t a bus that will help much. PUBS: There are a few pubs right in the town center, including the Southern Belle and the slightly more old-fashioned Britannia next door. The designated away-fans pub is the Fleur de Lis, a few minutes away in Gillingham Road….

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