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Gillingham FC are a professional football club located in the town of Gillingham in Kent. Known as ‘the Gills’, Gillingham have never played in the top flight of English football since first joining the Football League in 1920. The club currently play in the country’s third tier, League One.
The history of Gillingham Football Club begins in 1893. Chatham Excelsior FC were a successful junior team in Gillingham at that time, and this inspired a number of businessmen to create a club capable of competing in bigger tournaments and competitions. At their first meeting, a new football club was formed and was named New Brompton FC.
The founders of the club also bought a piece of land, which would later become the Priestfield Stadium, the home of Gillingham Football Club today.
In 1894, New Brompton became founder members of the Southern League, and started the 1894/1895 season in its Second Division. Success came immediately to the club, New Brompton winning the Second Division title in the club’s first season and earned promotion to the Southern League First Division by beating Swindon Town in the promotion/relegation playoff.
The club continued in the First Division, but in the 1907/1908 season New Brompton finished bottom of the league. Usually, the club would have been relegated, however at the end of this season the number of teams in the division increased and so New Brompton kept their place.
In 1912, New Brompton changed its name and became Gillingham FC, how we know the club today.
In the 1919/1920 season, Gillingham finished bottom of the Southern League Division One table again, but again the club avoided demotion with all Southern League Division One clubs forming the Football League Third Division.
The club finished bottom of the Third Division in its first season. For the following campaign, the Third Division was split into two geographical divisions, the Third Division North and the Third Division South. Gillingham were moved into the Third Division South for the 1921/1922 season.
Gillingham spent the next 16 seasons in the Third Division South, mostly spending their campaigns battling against relegation. In 1938, the club finished bottom of the league and had to apply to be re-elected. However, their application was refused and Gillingham returned to the Southern League, with Ipswich Town taking their place.
The club were a success back in the Southern League, winning the Southern League double of the Southern League title and the Southern League Cup in the 1946/1947 season. Two seasons later, the club won another Southern League title. In 1950, the Third Division South expanded from 22 teams to 24 teams, and because of their recent Southern League success, Gillingham were elected to rejoin the Football League.
In time for the 1958/1959 season, the Football League Third Divisions were reorganised. Instead of having two divisions separated by geographical location, the Football League formed a Third Division and a Fourth Division. Gillingham were given a place in the Fourth Division.
The following five seasons were an inconsistent time for Gillingham Football Club. With finishing positions of 11th, 7th, 15th, 20th and 5th, the club couldn’t sustain any sort of consistency. This changed in the 1963/1964 season, when the club won the Fourth Division title for the first time in Gillingham history. It was close, though, with Gillingham only taking the title from Carlisle United with an ever so slightly better goal average of 1.967 to Carlisle’s 1.948 - the closest title race in the history of the Football League.
Although the club started well in the Third Division, Gillingham couldn’t build on their mid table finishes. After two 20th finishing positions, the club finished bottom of the league in the 1970/1971 season and were relegated back to the Fourth Division. However, three seasons later the club regained its Third Division status with a second place finish in the 1973/1974 campaign.
Gillingham remained in the Third Division for 15 consecutive seasons, just missing out on playoff places on numerous occasions. However, following the controversial firing of manager Keith Peacock, the club began to tumble down the league, resulting in relegation in the 1988/1989 season.
The club struggled initially back in the bottom tier, finishing in 21st place in the 1992/1993 season. It was in preparation for this particular season that the Premier League was introduced. As a result, the Football League divisions were renamed so the Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three.
In 1995, Gillingham Football Club went into administration. In serious financial trouble, the club was threatened with expulsion from the Football League until Paul Scally launched a successful takeover bid for the club. The following season, with new manager Tony Pulis in charge, the club won promotion to Division Two.
Three years later, and Gillingham took part in one of the most dramatic playoff finals in Football League history. The club faced Manchester City in the 1999 Division Two playoff final and with just a minute to spare Gillingham were winning 2-0. However, an 89th minute goal and an injury time equaliser for Manchester City saw the game eventually go to penalties, which City won 3-1.
Gillingham didn’t have to wait too long to claim a Division One place though. The following season, despite the sacking of Tony Pulis, Peter Taylor led the club to the playoffs and this time Gillingham were successful, beating Wigan Athletic in the final.
Gillingham performed well in Division One, with steady mid table finishes achieved. However, following a narrow escape from relegation in the 2003/2004 campaign, where the club were only saved by a slightly superior goals difference, the club succumbed to the drop the following year.
In the 2004/2005 season, the Football League divisions were once again renamed. Division One became the Championship, Division Two League One and Division Three League Two. As such, Gillingham started the 2005/2006 campaign in League One.
The club struggled to adapt to life back in the third tier, and in 2007/2008 Gillingham suffered a further relegation. The club bounced back immediately, but were relegated again in their first season back in League One.
The 2012/2013 season saw Gillingham win the League Two title. They started the 2013/2014 campaign in League One, where the club have remained ever since.
The current Gillingham crest features a shield divided into one half of black and white and the other plain blue. The emblem of Kent is featured on the Gillingham football badge along with a rampant white horse.
Gillingham Football Club’s motto is Domus clamantium, which means ‘the home of the shouting men’, features underneath the Gillingham football crest in a scroll.
The first Gillingham badge was the image of the rampant white horse, which was used until 1992.
The traditional Gillingham kit colours are blue and white. Blue and white Gillingham kits were first introduced in 1932. This kit featured a blue shirt, worn with white shorts and black socks, a kit that remained until 1964, although the sock colour changed from black to blue and white hoops.
In 1964, the Gillingham players wore a white shirt with thin blue stripes, worn with blue shorts and white socks. The following year the club wore an all blue strip, with the shorts and socks changing from blue to white from 1968 to 1970.
Since then, the club have worn a mixture of blue, white and black shorts and socks, with black and blue striped shirts worn from 1998 to 2000, and then again in the 2003/2004 and 2010/2011 seasons.
When the club was first formed as New Brompton, the team wore black and white striped shirts with black shorts and black socks. This kit changed dramatically in 1912, when the club adopted orange shirts with blue sleeves, white shorts and blue socks. In 1919, the team reverted back to black and white stripes, before the introduction of the blue shirt in 1932.
The 2018/2019 season saw the Gillingham players wear blue shirts with black stripes, blue shorts and blue socks.
The Gillingham Stadium is the Priestfield Stadium, also called the MEMS Priestfield Stadium. The club have played here for their entire history, with the ground undergoing various redevelopments. The Gillingham stadium capacity currently stands at 11,582.
The Gillingham stadium layout features four stands that are all seater areas. These are the Medway Stand, or Main Stand, the Rainham End, the Gordon Road Stand and the Brian Moore Stand. All stands are covered aside from the Brian Moore Stand, which is just a temporary stand where the away supporters sit.
There have been previous Gillingham stadium redevelopment plans that haven’t come to fruition. The club sold the Priestfield Stadium to Priestfield Developments, owned by chairman Paul Scally, in 2007, but bought it back in 2011.
The majority of Gillingham supporters come from the town of Gillingham and other parts of Kent. There are a number of Gillingham supporters clubs throughout the country, including the Gills Independent Supporters Club.
Gillingham supporters enjoy a rivalry with those from Millwall and Swindon Town. Other rivals did include Maidstone United, another side from Kent, until they resigned from the Football League in 1992 following serious financial troubles.
The Gillingham owner is Paul Scally. Scally is also the current Gillingham Football Club chairman.
Scally bought Gillingham in 1995, for £1. The club were in administration at the time, and were heading towards liquidation before Scally took over.
Paul Scally has been a controversial figure during his time at Gillingham, no less because of his desire to relocate the club away from the town of Gillingham.
The list of Gillingham stats begin with the club’s all time leading appearance maker. Ron Hillyard holds that record, having made 655 appearances for the club between 1974 and 1991. One other player made over 600 appearances for Gillingham, John Simpson, who played 616 times for the club from 1957 to 1972.
Mark Weatherly and Jimmy Boswell both played more than 500 times for Gillingham Football Club, Weatherly making 543 appearances between 1974 and 1989 and Boswell playing in 523 games for the club from 1946 to 1958.
Gillingham’s all time leading goalscorer is Brian Yeo. Yeo scored 149 goals in 387 games for the club between 1963 and 1975. Six other players scored more than 100 Gillingham goals in their career - Hughie Russell (120 goals from 1946 to 1952); Tug Wilson (113 goals from 1936 to 1949); Tony Cascarino (110 goals from 1981 to 1987); Brian Gibbs (110 goals from 1962 to 1969); and Steve Lovell (104 goals from 1986 to 1993).
Gillingham’s record transfer signing is Carl Asaba. Asaba cost the club £600,000 from Reading in 1998. The highest transfer fee the club have ever received is £1.5 million, a fee paid by Manchester City for Robert Taylor in 1999.
Gillingham’s record win is 12-1, a scoreline the club beat Gloucester City by in the Southern League in 1946. Gillingham’s record Football League win came in 1987, when they beat Chesterfield 10-0.
Gillingham’s record Football League defeat came against Luton Town in 1929. Luton beat Gillingham 8-0 in the Third Division South. Gillingham conceded nine goals once in a match, beaten 9-3 by Sutton United in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round in 1945.
The highest attendance at the Priestfield Stadium is 23,002. This crowd number was achieved in 1948 for an FA Cup match against Queens Park Rangers.
The current Gillingham players list consists of 28 first team members.
Thirteen Gillingham players have earned international caps while playing their club football with the club. Andrew Crofts is the Gillingham player who has earned the most international caps, making thirteen appearances for Wales. Brent Sancho was the first Gillingham player to appear at a World Cup tournament, when he played for Trinidad and Tobago in the 2006 World Cup.
Notable ex Gillingham players include Andy Hessenthaler, Steve Bruce, Gavin Peacock, Ade Akinbiyi, Jim Stanyard and Damien Richardson.
The current Gillingham manager is Steve Lovell. Lovell took charge in 2017, following Peter Taylor's stint as caretaker boss.
The most successful man in Gillingham manager history is Archie Clark. Clark led the club to two Southern League titles, a Southern League Cup win and an Kent League title. Clark is also the club’s second longest serving manager, having taken control of 577 matches from 1939 to 1957.
The Gillingham manager with the highest win percentage is Bill Harvey. Harvey led Gillingham to 30 wins in 48 matches during his reign from July 1938 to July 1939, giving him a win percentage of 62.5%.
Gillingham’s first manager was William Groombridge, who held the position of secretary manager for two spells at the club. His first spell was from 1896 to 1906, where he took charge of the team for 403 matches; and then again from 1908 to 1913 where he managed the club for 212 games. This total of 615 games makes Groombridge Gillingham’s longest serving manager.
The Gillingham honours list consists of two fourth tier titles (1963/1964 and 2012/2013); two Southern Football League titles (1946/1947 and 1948/1949); one Southern League Cup win (1946/1947) one Kent League title (1945/1946); one Kent League Cup (1945/1946); and two Kent Senior Cup wins (1945/11946 and 1947/1948).
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