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Gillingham FC play their matches at KRBS Priestfield Stadium located in Gillingham.
Now there not the best club in the land but they have had a few players that have gone on to play in the premier league, such as Marlon King and Matty Jarvis.
Gillingham currently play in League 1 which is the 3rd tier in english football.
There best has been the Championship where they only lasted a couple of seasons back in the early 00's.
The Chairman of the club is Paul Scally who bought the club for £1 due to the debt of the club at the time.
The current manager is Mark Stimson who took over when Gillingham were relegated to League 2 in 2007/2008 season. They bounced straight back up into League 1 the following season thanks to a Simeon Jackson header in the 90th minute of added time in the play off final at wembly.
The club are currently teetering on the edge of the relegation zone of League 1.
Gillingham are the only club in the Football League to not have a main rival. They have some less know rivals such as Swindon and Millwall but neither club find Gillingham to be a main rival.
The club has a very big fan base and managed to fill over half of Wembly during the play offs.
The only thing holding this club back is the same reason for most clubs in League 1, a lack of resources.
I live less than a mile and a half from Gillingham Football Stadium and up until a couple of years ago lived within sight of it about 600 metres away but I've kinda given up going to watch them anymore because the results are mediocre or poor and more importantly the entertainment value is poor.
Gillingham, like many clubs, tend to have pretty good results at home but perform badly away. Although the results at home are decent they are generally low scoring matches and of low quality.
The main criticism I have of the team is that most of the defensive and midfield players seem to be almost frightened when they have the ball in their possession and just want to get it away from them as soon as possible, usually with a long ball of some description, either directly into the penalty area or "into the channel". In both cases it is nearly always easy for the opposition defenders to repel this.
Gillingham's style of play can be characterised by work rate, effort and closing down when the opposition have the ball. This can be effective in grinding out results but in my opinion does not make for good viewing.
The plus points about Gillingham FC are that despite its slipping down the divisions in recent times it still has a very loyal core base of fans that follow "The Gills" through thick and thin.
The stadium is not spectacular but modern, comfortable and pleasant to be in. The Blues Bar is excellent. Its built into the stadium and a great place for a pre match beer and a chin wag.
There is also some nice corporate hospitality and boxes if that is your kind of thing and if you can afford it.
Gillingham have excelled in the FA cup a few times when playing at home, often winning or at least pushing Premier League teams hard but haven't in recent years ever been able to push on into a Wembley Cup Final.
Gillingham did play at Wembley twice in the Final of "the play offs", in 1999 and in 2000, on both occasions it was to reach Division 1 (The old Division 2). In 1999 they lost to Man City on penalties having been 2-0 up with less than 2 minutes of normal time left but a year later they did get promoted to Division 1 after prevailing 3-1 after extra time against Wigan.
That era was definitely The Gills high point but since then things have slipped on the pitch whereby today they are in Division 2 (The old fourth division) although challenging near the top of it.
It is a shame really because Gillingham has a huge catchment area for fans, being the only League team in Kent with the nearest other team probably being Charlton Athletic.
There is a good sound foundation for success that can be built on with the modern stadium they have and the Chairmanship of Paul Scally, so who knows, perhaps one day Gillingham will be a force in the Premiership and maybe even in Europe!!
Gillingham FC trivia:
Famous current and ex players: Steve Bruce, Tony Cascarino, Mamady Sidebe, Brent Sancho (Trinidad & Tobago World Cup Finals Player), Andrew Crofts (Welsh International), Rod Wallace, Darren Byfield.
Famous ex managers: Tony Pulis, Peter Taylor, Keith Peacock, Stan Ternent.
Famous supporters: Oz Smith (wine critic and broadcaster), The late Brian Moore (Legendary ITV football commentator)
Original name: New Brompton (Brompton is an area that is now a mile away from Gillingham and famous for its military barracks and The Royal Engineers)
Ground capacity: 11,582
Gillingham have recently hosted some England Women's International games.
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The Gills- The Good, the bad or the ugly? - Advantages: Strong team spirit, Big fanbase, Excellent manager - Disadvantages: Lack of resources, Aging squad
I am a keen Gills fan, but a realist also. Obviously I was over-the-moon after Gills got promoted into the 1st division on that glorious day against Wigan at Wembley. It must be said that it must be highlight of any football fan to see a tough battle, with everything at stake, see your team come through victorious. It is just as special for the Gills after the disappointment of losing to Man City the season before in the Play-off Final. But as I said earlier, I am realist. The Gills are not a good 1st division side yet. Some are arguing that we are not a 1st division, full stop. Admitterly, we have done very well last season, ending up last season in the mid-table area, and so far this season, fingers crossed, in the top 10. But when you look at the squad and the stadium, they are not up to scratch, yet. Presently, the players are the worst paid in the 1st division, and with a seating capacity of 10,000, one of the smallest stadiums. This is insult when the Gills fans managed to fill over three-quarters of Wembley. At the moment, we have no depth in our squad. Some outstanding individuals in Marlon King, Paul Smith and Ty Gooden, we may have, but no real depth. The only income in money we have is the FA Cup. Mind you, we have a great record in that also. The quarter-final two years ago, 5th round last year (losing to Chelsea both times) and this year Arsenal in the 5th round. The FA cup is very important, with the clash at Highbury injecting £500,000 into the bank. The way we are going to attract the youngsters, or veterans from the Premiership is by expanding the club. Being the only major club in Kent, that shouldn’t be too hard to do. Once we expand the stadium, I am sure the Gills will be classed as a good 1st division side, and one day in the Premiership. Good luck boys!!!!!!!
I will start by mentioning I'm a big gillingham or 'gills' fan and regularly watch home matches. Gillingham FC play home games at the Priestfield Stadium in North Kent. We currently play first division football but it's not always been that way... Considering Gillingham FC nearly went bankrupt in 1995 and were languishing in the realms of bottom of the table third division football they have moved on beyond even the most avid supporters' expectation. The club needed a buyer in 1995 otherwise they'd face liquidation. Along came Paul Scally, a local businessman who bought the club for a pound and pumped serious investment in. Gillingham FC hired the services of Tony Pulis as manager and were promoted in the next season with the least number of goals let in by our side ever. We consolidated for a few years in the second division before losing a dramatic play-off final against Man City in injury time at wembley in 1999. The following year we came back with avengance with a new manager Peter Taylor who went on to become Leicester manager and part of the England setup. We beat Wigan in the play-off final at wembley in 2000 and are currently in division one after having finished our first season there in 14th place. We are now managed by player/manager Andy Hessenthaler and have strong ambitions. Gillingham FC even floated on the OFEX stock exchange in 1999 to attract more funds. Times have been good of late, long may they continue. This season we should look to at least challenge for a play-off place or am I being too hopeful. A little bit about the squad now. In goal we have the solid Vince Bartram who has proved his worth in division 1. In defence the stars are Chris Hope (recently signed from Scunthorpe) along with Roland Edge and Barry Ashby. In midfield, Junior Lewis and Nicky Southall have enough skill and enthusiasm to play a big part. In
terms of goals we look towards Marlon King who can run past defenders very effectively and has scored his fair share. Also Iffy Onoura also manages to get a few goals along with Paul Shaw.
I have followed the Gills since they where in the 3rd Division, I wasn’t very old probably about 6 or 7 but I used to go and see them as often as I could, they are a good team, but they have been through a few managers pretty quickly. They have won the 3rd division and the 2nd division and now they are struggling a little in the 1st division. It will probably be a few more seasons yet until the Gills have enough money and the decent enough players to get anywhere near winning the 1st Division. Gills aren’t doing to bad and they will probably stay out the relegation spot hopefully this season. They always seem so close to winning their games and lose it in the last 10 minutes but there again they have beaten some of the beater teams in their division, such as the Gills Wolves game at the Preistfield. What’s going about them moving their stadium up to the other side of the Medway bridge, with the stadium hoping to consist off a roof over the stadium a larger capacity and the pitch that can be pulled from underneath the stadium to get watered and things! The 97/98 season was a good season for the Gills and they saw themselves in the playoffs for the First division. With Tony Pulis as the coach of they went to Wembley to face Man City. I went to see this game and the ref managed to find an extra 4 or 5 minutes of extra time, nobody could see where the ref got this time from, and in those extra minutes Man City scored the 2 goals to take in to extra time and then penalties where they lost out, but the following season, again they got in to the Playoff final of division 2 and this match against Wigan Athletic was a much better game and the ref was not caught drinking with the Wigan team after the game like he was with the Man City team.
My grandad was a very keen follower of the Gills and would go and see them whenever he could. On one ocassion he took my mum and it wasnt until half time that she finally built up the courage up ask him which colour the Gills were wearing! Back in the days when my grandad was a lad, the Gills never did very well. They were always at the bottom at whichever division they was in and to admit the fact that you was a Gills fan would always envoke a mass of giggles all around. The tables were turned for the club when they were close to bankrupcy. The saviour was Paul Scally who bought the club and become the chairman. The 97/98 season was a good season for the Gills and they saw themselves in the playoffs for the First division. With Tony Pulis as the coach of they went to Wembley to face Man City. Imagine the roars of truimph from the loyal Gills fans as they found themselves 2-0 up with only five minutes to the end. Then the unthinkable happened and Man City came back scoring a goal one minute to the end and the equaliser in injury "time". It went down to penalties and much to the delight of the Gallagher brothers Man City won. What a cruel defeat for the Gills. So near but yet so far away. Last season saw the brilliant Peter Taylor in charge and once again the club had a great season and once more made it to the play offs. Off they went again to Wembley, this time to face Wigan. This time glory was theirs and they won in magnificent style. At last the Kent team had done it. For the first time in their history they were in division one. This season has seen yet another change at the top. Peter Taylor has moved on to work wonders with Leicester and after alot of rumours, Andy Hassenthaler was made player/coach. So far he hasnt done a bad job. They are currently 16th in the table and seem to have become draw specialists. They raise their game for the big clubs but always struggle with the lower ranking teams. <br>Andy Hassnethaler has turned out to be a brilliant coach. He inspires the team and is greatly respected among the players and fans alike. He brings what is known among the fans as "The Hess Factor"!
For the second successive year the Gills have to start the season after the loss of the manager. This time at least, Peter Taylor did manage a play-off victory. Gillingham's first season at this level will be tough without him, but at least there is continuity with the marvellous Andy Hessenthaler taking over. Playing and managing is a tough job, and it is possible that Hessenthaler may restrict his playing appearances. That would be a huge loss, as his infectious and inspired midfield play - which nearly went too far during that memorable Wembley win over Wigan - would be irreplaceable. They will have to pick up enough points at a newly-revamped Priestfield to stay in the division, and so the goals of Carl Asaba will be crucial, if he is good enough to get them at this level.
Struggled to get promoted into the first division and are sitting quite pretty at the moment in the league. Gillingham are in sixteenth place after playing eight games with nine points, four points clear of the dreaded relegation area. At the start of the season the worst happened to Gillingham when Peter Taylor left the club to manage Leicester city and the door was left open for Andy Hessenthaler to take over at the club. The Gillingham side has some very good players in the team especially their player manager Hessenthaler, Carl Asaba, Southall and Thomson. They are very determined on the field and are a battling side which teams have already found that out. This could be the start of a great managerial career for Andy Hessenthaler.
Gillingham - a 2nd Division side last season - in my view did exceptionally well to get promoted after they sold their best player to Man City - I forget his name now - but he scored loads last season. I think that they are doing OK so far, this is a new league with new standards and I think they'll struggle to stay up. But at least they have support - good fans are always an asset. And they have a nice stadium - and are producing loads of up and coming younsters that will surely make the England under 21 squads. so far this season - they have (excluding 2 nights games ) have won 1 time, drwan 2 times, and lost 3 times, but a win would put them much higher than their current 17th. Early days - a long season.
It's been so tough for Gillingham to get promotion, The heart-break of losing to Manchester City in the epic play-off final, when they seemed to get promotion. It was snatched away from them, But, last season they showed plenty of character and resilience as they won the play-off final. They had an excellent manager in Peter Taylor, but lost him. But, now they are where they have wanted to be. They certainly haven't looked out of place, with a superb win over Wolves being the pick of their performances so far. Although, they lost yesterday to Grimsby town, I don't think their player manager Andy Hessenthaler will be too disappointed. They have to play every match like a cup-final and accumulate enough points to stay up, come the end of the season. If, they can stay up it will be an excellent achievement.
Gillingham have had a good start to the new division with impressive wins over the likes of Wolves. This is the second consecutive year if my memory serves me right that Gillingham have had to replace their manager. Peter Taylor was an excellent manager who helped them clinch promotion. He deserves allot of credit. However in Andy Hessenthaler they have a player and now the manager who knows the ropes and could succeed. He was vital last year when they won promotion. However, playing and managing a club is very difficult as the likes of David Platt, Viallia all found so he may need to restrict the number of games he plays. But, that in itself will be loss as he is inspirational in the heart of the midfield. Last season was great for Gillingham football club and this season they have to build on that success, and influential player's like Carl Asaba will have to play at their best if Gillingham are to serve in Division one. Their aim should be to see their first season in the 1st division off and then build on that, and who knows in a couple of years time or less Gillingham could be fighting or challenging for a place in the premiership. Until then they have allot of work to do. Towards the end of last season they sold Peter Taylor to Manchester City which I believe was a good move even though he did score allot of goals for Gillingham, as they can use the money in the transfer market to strengthen their squad. I wish them well in the division and hope they stay their.
The Gills will stay up this year! Gillingham have been playing well this season but yet have only won one division one game. Their results have went against them even though they have in all games bar the draw been 1-0 up with in the first half but mainly the first ten minutes. With Asaba back fit and Gillinghams' sell out crowds, Gillingham will survive the first year in Division One. With the previous two years of constantly good results Gillingham will have to adapt to an uneasy run of results and dig down deep just as they did in the Promotion Final last Year and prove all the odds wrong. I think the Gills will survive and hopefully in the next few years if young talent comes through, they may push for a place in the Premiership.
Gillingham were a force to be reckoned with under manager Peter Taylor in Division 2 last season. Having just missed out on an automatic promotion place, they gained promotion to Division 1 for the first time in their history via the playoffs. Unfortunately, they have been unable to retain the services of Peter Taylor, who was snapped up by Leicester City, and are now managed by star player Andy Hessenthaler, who has been entrusted with the reins at Gillingham for the forthcoming season. No-one is pretending that Gillingham will have an easy time of it next season, and many will expect them to be the new whipping boys of the division. However, the blend of football that they played under Peter Taylor during last year's campaign in Division 2 means that they are not an automatic certainty to go straight back down. The team will, however, find it hard to adjust to football at this level, and will be one of many teams for whom a finishing position of 20th, just above the relegation zone, will be a worthwhile performance. Unfortunately, despite their flair and the undoubted ambitions of the Kent club and their Chairman, I fear that they may just miss out and suffer relegation - although I've no doubt that they would be back very soon indeed. One To Watch: Nicky Southall Predicted Position in Division 1 next season: 21st
It is great to learn of the appointment of Andy Hessenthaler and Steve Butler as Player Coach for the clubs historic first season in Division 1. The two players worked closely with Peter Taylor before his move to Leicester and this year has probably been a key influence in the chairmans decision to appoint them. The first half of this season will be extremely crucial for the clubs survival so key signings between now and the opening fixture are a must. Good luck lads!