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A shield with the words "Gillingham Football Club" in the top portion and the remainder divided into two sections, the left containing black and white vertical stripes and the right a depiction of a white horse rearing up on its hind legs on a blue background
Full name Gillingham Football Club
Nickname(s) The Gills
Founded 1893 (as New Brompton)
Ground KRBS Priestfield Stadium
Gillingham
(Capacity: 11,582[1])
Chairman Paul Scally
Manager Mark Stimson[2]
League League One
2008–09 League Two, 5th
(promoted)[3]
a blue shirt with white trim, blue shorts and blue socks
Home colours
a yellow shirt with blue trim, yellow shorts and yellow socks
Away colours

Gillingham Football Club is an English professional football club based in the town of Gillingham, Kent. The only Kent-based club in the Football League, they play their home matches at the KRBS Priestfield Stadium. In the 2008–09 season, the club was promoted to Football League One after victory over Shrewsbury Town in the League Two play-off final.

The club was founded in 1893 and joined the Football League in 1920. They were voted out of the league in favour of Ipswich Town at the end of the 1937–38 season, but returned to it 12 years later after it was expanded from 88 to 92 clubs. Twice in the late 1980s they came close to winning promotion to the second tier of English football, but a decline then set in and in 1993 they narrowly avoided relegation to the Football Conference. Between 2000 and 2005, Gillingham were in the second tier of the English football league system for the only time in their history, achieving a club record highest league finish of eleventh place in 2002–03.

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Early years

A document announcing that New Brompton Football Club has changed its name to Gillingham Football Club, dated 1913
The official announcement of the club's change of name in 1913.

The local success of a junior football side, Chatham Excelsior F.C., encouraged a group of businessmen to meet with a view to creating a football club which could compete in larger competitions. New Brompton F.C. was formed at the meeting, held on 18 May 1893.[4] The founders also purchased the plot of land which would later become Priestfield Stadium.[5] The new club played its first match on 2 September 1893, losing 1–5 to Woolwich Arsenal's reserve side in front of a crowd of 2,000.[6] New Brompton were among the founder members of the Southern League upon its creation in 1894, and were placed in Division Two. They were named Champions in the first season (1894–95) going on to defeat Swindon Town in a test match to win promotion.[7]

In the seasons that followed, the club struggled in Division One, finishing bottom in the 1907–08 season,[3] avoiding relegation only due to expansion of the league. Whilst the club's league performance was disappointing, the side did manage a famous cup victory over Football League First Division Sunderland and held Manchester City to a draw before losing in the replay.[8] In 1912 the directors passed a resolution to change the club's name to Gillingham F.C., and the team played under this name throughout the 1912–13 season, although the change was not officially ratified by the shareholders until the following year.[9] The team finished bottom of Division One in the 1919–20 season but for a third time avoided relegation, due to the subsequent elevation of all Southern League Division One clubs to form the new Football League Division Three.[10]

First spell in the Football League

In the first season of the newly-created Football League Division Three, the 1920–21 season, Gillingham again finished bottom, and in the years to follow there was little improvement on this, the club continually finishing in the lower reaches of the bottom division. In 1938 the team finished bottom of the Third Division (South) and were required to apply for re-election for the fifth time since joining the league. This bid for re-election failed, with Gillingham returning to the Southern League and Ipswich Town being promoted in their place.[11] Gillingham quickly established themselves as one of the stronger sides in the league, winning a local double of the Kent League and Kent Senior Cup in the 1945–46 season.[11] In the 1946–47 season the team won both the Southern League Cup and the Southern League championship, during which they recorded a club record 12–1 victory over Gloucester City.[12] The Gills also won the league title in 1948–49.[13]

Return to the Football League

In 1950 plans were announced to expand the Football League Division Three (South) from 22 to 24 teams and, taking into account their local success in the interim, Gillingham were re-elected to the Football League with a landslide vote.[13] The team spent eight seasons in Division Three (South) before the restructuring of the league system for the 1958–59 season saw them placed in the newly-created Fourth Division. They remained in this division until 1964, when manager Freddie Cox led them to promotion, winning the first and so far only championship in the club's history. The team finished the season level on 60 points with Carlisle United, but with a better goal average (1.967 against 1.948), which was the tightest league title finish in Football League history.[14]

After relegation back to the Fourth Division in 1970–71, the Gills were soon promoted back to the Third Division in the 1973–74 season.[15] After this the club seemed to find its level in Division Three, regularly mounting a challenge for promotion which ultimately fell short each time, never more so than in 1986–87 when they reached the play-offs only to lose in the final to Swindon Town.[16] During this period the club produced future stars Steve Bruce and Tony Cascarino, who was famously bought from non-league Crockenhill in exchange for a set of tracksuits.[17]

Two teams taking part in a football match, one in blue shirts and the other in yellow. Stands full of spectators are visible in the background.
Gillingham (blue shirts) in action in a match from the 1986–87 season.

In 1987 the Gills hit the headlines when, on consecutive Saturdays, they beat Southend United 8–1 and Chesterfield 10–0, the latter a club record for a Football League match. Just a few months later, however, manager Keith Peacock was controversially sacked,[18] and within 18 months the club had fallen into Division Four.[16] The ensuing spell in the lower division brought little success, and in the 1992–93 Division Three campaign the Gills narrowly avoided relegation to the Football Conference.[16]

Recent highs and lows

Beset with financial problems, the club went into administration in January 1995, and by the end of the 1994–95 season faced the threat of being expelled from the Football League and closed down.[16] In June 1995, however, a London-based businessman, Paul Scally, stepped in and bought the club.[19] He brought in new manager Tony Pulis, who led Gillingham to promotion in his first season, finishing second in the old Division Three (now Football League Two).[3] In 1999 the Gills made the play-offs but lost in the Division Two play-off final to Manchester City. The Gills were 2–0 up with less than two minutes left only to see City score twice, the equaliser in injury time, and go on to win 3–1 in a penalty shoot-out.[20]

A stadium full of spectators. Those nearest the camera are waving blue and white flags.
Gillingham fans at the 2000 Division Two play-off final.

Soon after the play-off loss, Pulis was sacked for gross misconduct,[21] and Peter Taylor appointed manager.[22] In the 1999–00 season Gillingham qualified for the play-offs again, where they faced Wigan Athletic in the final at Wembley Stadium. The game finished 1–1 after 90 minutes, but, thanks to goals in extra time from substitutes Steve Butler and Andy Thomson, the Gills won 3–2 and were promoted to Division One for the first time.[20]

Taylor then left to manage Leicester City, and Andy Hessenthaler was appointed as player-manager.[23] He led the club to their best ever league finish of eleventh in the 2002–03 season,[3] but the following season saw the club narrowly avoid relegation on goal difference. Hessenthaler resigned as manager in November 2004,[23] and new boss Stan Ternent[24] was unable to prevent the Gills' relegation to League One. At the end of the 2007–08 season the club was relegated again, this time to League Two,[25] but an immediate return to the third level was secured via the play-offs after beating Shrewsbury Town 1-0 with a 90th minute header from striker Simeon Jackson.

Since 2002, the club has faced severe financial difficulties as a result of various events including the collapse of ITV Digital, relegation from the Championship, and the cost of refurbishing the stadium.[26] By 2008, the club's level of debt had reached approximately £13m, although this was reduced dramatically as a result of the sale of Priestfield Stadium to a new holding company.[26] In 2006 chairman Paul Scally cut his own salary by 60% in order to reduce overheads,[27] and EDF Energy cut off power to the stadium as a result of unpaid bills of approximately £100,000.[28]

Stadium

An external view of a sports stadium, with a large amount of blue detail on the facade.
Exterior shot of Priestfield Stadium

The Gills have played at Priestfield Stadium throughout their existence.[29] The ground was originally purchased by the founders of the club through an issue of 1,500 £1 shares.[5] Sources differ on whether the ground was named after the road on which the land stood, Priestfield Road,[5] or whether the road was named after the ground;[30] if the latter is the case then the origin of the ground's name is unknown. The ground was extensively developed prior to the 1930s, but there was then little change until the late 1990s and the arrival of Paul Scally as chairman. Three of the four stands were demolished and rebuilt between 1995 and 2000. The fourth stand, known as the Town End, was demolished to make way for a new stand, to be named the Brian Moore Stand after television sports commentator Brian Moore, who was a well-known Gills fan, but the club's financial situation has not allowed the new stand to be built and a temporary stand has been in place since 2004.[31] On 1 June 2007 the stadium was officially renamed KRBS Priestfield Stadium as part of a new sponsorship deal with the Kent Reliance Building Society.[32]

At its peak in the 1940s the official capacity of the stadium was listed as "between 25,000 and 30,000"[4] but subsequent redevelopments, the removal of terraces and building of new facilities have seen this reduced to a current capacity of 11,582.[1] In the 2007–08 season, the average attendance at home matches was 6,077, just 52% of capacity.[33] The ground has also hosted home fixtures of the England women's national football team.[34]

Colours and crest

A group of men pose in two lines, one standing and one seated. Eleven of the men are wearing striped football shirts, long shorts and socks with shinpads worn over them. Of the other men, one is wearing a suit and tie and a flat cap, and the other is wearing a blazer, waistcoat, shirt without a tie, and a cricket-style cap.
The New Brompton team of 1894, sporting the club's original colours.

Although Gillingham have long been associated with the colours blue and white, the original New Brompton side wore a strip consisting of black and white striped shirts with black shorts.[5] With the renaming of the club in 1913, the black and white strip was dropped in favour of red shirts with blue sleeves, emblazoned with the borough's coat of arms.[35] The striped shirts returned after World War One, before finally being replaced with the now-familiar combination of plain blue shirts and white shorts in 1931.[36] More recent years have seen several variations on the blue and white colour scheme. In the late 1990s the team wore blue and black striped shirts, recalling the original New Brompton stripes.[37] In the summer of 2003 it was controversially announced that the club's first choice shirts for the following season would be predominantly white, rather than blue. The announcement received such a hostile response from supporters that the white strip was replaced by one featuring blue and black hoops, which had originally been earmarked as the team's third choice kit.[38] In March 2010 the club announced a return to the black and blue stripes for the 2010–11 season.[39]

An illustration of a white horse rearing up on its hind legs.
Prior to 1992 the club's crest was simply a portion of the county arms of Kent.

The club's current crest is a shield divided vertically into halves of black and white stripes and solid blue, reflecting the club's original and modern kits. On the blue half is the county emblem of Kent, a white horse rampant, albeit slightly altered from its normal form as its mane is stylised into the letters of the word "Gills". The club's motto, which appears on a scroll below the crest, is "Domus clamantium", the Latin for "the home of the shouting men",[40] a traditional epithet associated with the town of Gillingham.[41]

The first sponsor's name to appear on Gillingham shirts was that of Italian home appliance manufacturers Zanussi, who sponsored the club in the mid-1980s. Subsequent sponsors have included Chatham Maritime, Medway Toyota, Invicta FM, Kool, Medway News, and SeaFrance.[42][43] Since the start of the 2007–08 season the team's shirts have been sponsored by the Kent Reliance Building Society as part of the deal which also involves the renaming of the club's stadium.[32]

Players

Current squad

As of 26 February 2010.[44]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Simon Royce
2 England DF Barry Fuller Captain
3 England DF John Nutter
4 England MF Stuart Lewis
5 England DF Simon King
6 England DF Garry Richards
7 Republic of Ireland MF Kevin Maher
8 England MF Mark Bentley (club captain)
9 England MF Chris Palmer
10 Canada FW Simeon Jackson
11 England MF Andy Barcham
12 England DF Connor Essam
14 Northern Ireland MF Adam Miller
No. Position Player
15 Ghana FW Chris Dickson (on loan from Charlton Athletic)
16 England DF Josh Gowling
18 England MF Danny Jackman
21 England FW Dennis Oli
22 England DF Tom Wynter
23 Northern Ireland GK Alan Julian
24 England MF Rashid Yussuff
26 England MF Curtis Weston
28 England MF Jack Payne
29 England FW Rene Howe (on loan from Peterborough United)
31 Republic of Ireland DF Darren Dennehy (on loan from Cardiff City)
34 England FW James Walker

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
17 England FW Andy Pugh (at Histon)
19 England FW Jacob Erskine (at Bishop's Stortford)
25 England FW Luis Cumbers (at Dover Athletic)
27 England MF Luke Rooney (at Eastbourne Borough)
30 Barbados FW Mark McCammon (at Bradford City)

The club also fields a reserve team, a youth team at Under-18 level[45] and operates a Centre of Excellence for boys in the Under-9 to Under-16 age groups.[46]

Notable former players

The club launched a Hall of Fame prior to the 2008–09 season.[47] The first five players to be elected were chosen by a fan vote in 2009. One new inductee will be elected every year.[48]

International players

The club recognises eleven players as having gained full international caps during their time at Priestfield, although some sources claim that Freddie Fox had in fact left the club by the time he made his only appearance for England.

Player Country Caps Notes
Andrew Crofts Wales Wales 12 [49]
Ian Cox Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 11 [16]
Simeon Jackson Canada Canada 8 [50]
Mamady Sidibe Mali Mali 7 [16]
Brent Sancho Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 6 [16]
Tony Cascarino Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 3 [16]
Rimmel Daniel Grenada Grenada 3 [51]
Terry Cochrane Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 2 [16]
Damien Richardson Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 2 [16]
Jason Brown Wales Wales 1 [52]
Freddie Fox England England 1 [53]

In 2006 Sancho became the first Gillingham player ever to play in the World Cup finals, and technically the first to score in the World Cup when he scored an own goal in the 2-0 group defeat to Paraguay.[54]

Back room staff

As at 23 September 2009:[55]

Directors

  • Chairman/Chief Executive: Paul Scally
  • Director: Michael Anderson
  • Vice chairman: Peter Spokes
  • Non-executive director: Mike Quarrington
  • Associate director: Yvonne Paulley

Management

Managers

A bald man in a black T-shirt and shorts with grey and white trim, with a football at his feet.
Mark Stimson was appointed as the club's manager in 2007

For the first three years of the club's existence, team matters were handled by a committee. In 1896 William Ironside Groombridge, the club's secretary, took sole charge of team affairs to become Gillingham's first recognised manager.[56] Former England international Stephen Smith was appointed as full-time manager in 1906,[57] but left in 1908, with Groombridge once again taking on team responsibilities. Groombridge was associated with the club, as manager and secretary, for over 25 years. When the club was admitted to the Football League in 1920, Robert Brown was appointed as manager, but he resigned a month later before the season had even begun.[58] His replacement, Scotsman John McMillan, thus became the first manager to take charge of the team in a Football League match.[58]

In 1939, a year after the club was voted back out of the Football League, Archie Clark took over as manager, and was still in charge when the club was elected back to the Football League in 1950. Clark remained in the job until 1957.[59] Freddie Cox took over in 1962 and led the club to the Football League Fourth Division championship in the 1963–64 season, making him the only manager to win a Football League divisional title with the club.[60] Basil Hayward was sacked in 1971 after the club was relegated back to the Fourth Division in the 1970–71 season,[60] but his successor Andy Nelson led the club to promotion back to Division Three three years later before controversially resigning.[61]

Tony Pulis took over in 1995, with Gillingham once again in the bottom division, and managed the club to promotion in his first season in charge. Three years later he led the team to the Second Division play-off final, but was sacked immediately after this after being accused of gross misconduct.[62] Peter Taylor replaced him and took the club to a second consecutive play-off final, where Gillingham gained promotion to the second tier of English football for the first time.[63] Current manager Mark Stimson was appointed in November 2007.[2]

Chairmen

The following men have been chairman of the club's Board of Directors:[64]

A heavy-set man with a large beard, wearing a jacket and tie
Local alderman James Barnes was an early chairman of the club.
1893–95 Horace Croneen
1895–97 Dr E.C. Warren
1897–1902 W.H. Checksfield
1902–12 James Barnes
1912–22 E.N. Crawley
1922–30 Jack Knight
1930–32 S.J. Chippick
1932–34 J.A. Crumbie
1934–47 Jack Knight
1947–59 Charles Cox Sr.
1959–61 J.W. Leech Jnr
1961–83 Dr Clifford Grossmark
1983–86 Charles Cox Jr.
1986–89 Roy Wood
1989–91 M.G. Lukehurst
1991–95[65] Bernard Baker
1995[66] Tony Smith
1995–[67] Paul Scally

Honours

Champions 1963–64, runners-up 1973–74
Runners-up 1995–96
Play-off winners 1999–00, finalists 1986–87 & 1998–99
Play-off winners 2008–09
Champions 1946–47 & 1948–49, runners up 1947–48
  • Southern Football League Division Two
Champions 1894–95
Winners 1946–47
Champions 1945–46
  • Kent League Cup
Winners 1945–46
Winners 1945–46 & 1947–48, runners-up 1938–39, 1948–49, 1949–50 & 1994–95

Statistics and records

A line graph showing position by year on a scale from 1 to 92, from 1950 to the present day. The position is mostly in the third quartile from the top. In three periods around 1960, 1970, and 1990 it was in the fourth quartile, and in one period around 2000 it was in the second
League positions since the 1950–51 season.
Horizontal grey lines indicate league divisions.

Goalkeeper Ron Hillyard holds the record for Gillingham appearances, having played 657 matches in all competitions between 1974 and 1990,[68] while the record for appearances solely in the Football League is held by another goalkeeper, John Simpson, with 571 between 1957 and 1972.[69] Brian Yeo is the club's all-time leading league goalscorer, having scored a total of 136 goals between 1963 and 1975.[70] He also jointly holds the record for the most Football League goals scored in a single season, having scored 31 goals in the 1973–74 season,[70] equalling the record set by Ernie Morgan in 1954–55.[71] The highest number of goals scored by a player in a single game at a professional level is the six registered by Fred Cheesmur against Merthyr Town in April 1930.[72]

The club's record home attendance is 23,002, for an FA Cup match against QPR on 10 January 1948,[69] a record which will almost certainly never be broken unless the club relocates to a larger ground, given that Priestfield Stadium's current capacity is approximately half that figure.

The team's biggest ever professional win was a 10-0 defeat of Chesterfield in September 1987,[69] although they had previously registered a 12-1 win against Gloucester City in the Southern League in November 1946.[16]

The Gills hold the record for the fewest goals conceded by a team in the course of a 46 game season,[73] having conceded just 20 in the 1995–96 season,[3] during which goalkeeper Jim Stannard kept 29 clean sheets.[69]

Rivalries

The 2003 Football Fans Census revealed that no other team's supporters considered Gillingham to be among their club's main rivals.[74] Millwall are considered to be the closest the Gills have to local rivals.[75] Swindon Town are seen by many fans as the club's biggest rivals, stemming from bad-tempered matches between the two teams in the past.[76] While Swindon fans generally do not consider Gillingham their biggest rivals, there was violence when they met at Priestfield in the 2005–06 season, their first meeting since a promotion play-off match in 1987.[77] Following their promotion in 1989, Maidstone United became Kent's second League side. A rivalry with Gillingham developed over the following seasons, until Maidstone's financial troubles forced them to resign from the League in 1992.[78]

In popular culture

In 1956, comedian Fred Emney filmed a scene for his sitcom Emney Enterprises prior to the start of a match between Gillingham and Brighton & Hove Albion. The footage featured the overweight Emney, wearing a flat cap and monocle and smoking a cigar, dribbling the ball past the entire Gills defence and scoring a goal.[79] In the Sky1 television series Dream Team, fictional team Harchester United lost 2–0 to the Gills in an episode broadcast in 2004.[80] The 2005 film Green Street (known as Green Street Hooligans in the USA) makes use of action sequences filmed during a match between Gillingham and West Ham United, although for unknown reasons the dialogue states that the team playing West Ham is Birmingham City.[81] A film entitled The Shouting Men, released in March 2010, centres on a group of Gillingham fans and features scenes shot at Priestfield and a cameo appearance by Paul Scally.[40]

See also

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