Unreliable History

To be written.

Famous Players : – 

Famous Fans : – Oz Clarke (TV presenter ” Food and Drink”),  Brian Moore  (Former football commentator)

 


Club Records


Formed 1893

Turned Professional 1894

Became a Limited Company 1893

Former names 1893 – 1913 = New Brompton 

Previous grounds

Nickname “The GILLS”

Club Colours HOME : AWAY :

Record Football League Win 10-0  v  Chesterfield  Division 3     03.09.1987

Record Football League Defeat 0-8  v Luton Town  Division 3(S)     13.04.1929

Record Cup Win 10-1  v  Gorleston  FAC R1     16.11.1957

Record Fee Paid £600,000 to Reading for Carl ASABA (August 1998)

Record Fee Received £1,500,000 from Manchester City for Robert TAYLOR (November 1999)

Record Appearances 655  –  Ron HILLYARD  1974-1990

Record Football League Appearances 571  –  John SIMPSON  1957-1972

Record goal-scorer in a season 32  –  Brian YEO  Division 4 1973-1974

Record goal-scorer in a League season 31  –  Brian YEO  Division 4 1973-1974

Record all-time League goal-scorer  136  –  Brian YEO  1963-1975

Record all-time goal-scorer  149  –  Brian YEO  1963-1975

Most goals in a match 6  –  Fred CHEESMUR  v  Merthyr Tydfil  Division 3(S)  26.04.1930

Record Attendance (all-time) 23,002  v  Queens Park Rangers  FAC R3  10.1.1948

Record total of goals in a  League season 90  –  Division 4  1973-1974

Record League points total 3 points for a win : 85  Division 2  1999-2000  (46 games) 2 points for a win : 62  Division 4  1973-1974  (46 games)

Most Capped player while at club 12  –  Andrew CROFTS (Wales)

Youngest player Luke FREEMAN  –  15 years  233 days  v  Barnet  (League One)    10.11.2007

Oldest player Andy HESSENTHALER  –  40 years 115 days   v Port Vale  (League One)    10.12.2005

 

Stadium details 

Address : Priestfield Stadium, Redfearn Avenue, Gillingham, Kent ME7 2PE

Telephone : 01634 300000

Capacity : 11,582
Away allocation :
  1,500
Pitch size :    104m x 68m (114 yards  x  75 yards)
Official website :
Gillingham FC 

Directions

The Gillingham club website gives details of how to find the Priestfield ground and more details can be found on the Away Games website.

Honours


League Two Champions 2012-13

Division Three Runners-up 1995-96

Division Four Champions 1963-64

Division Four Runners-up 1973-74

 

Managers


William GROOMBRIDGE  (Secretary) 3 June 1896 – May 1906

Steve SMITH May 1906 – Summer 1908

William GROOMBRIDGE  (Secretary) Summer 1908 – Summer 1919

George COLLINS 28 July 1919 – 12 May 1920

Robert BROWN 12 May 1920 – 9 June 1923

John McMILLAN 2 July 1920 – 3 August 1923

William GROOMBRIDGE  (Secretary) 3 August 1922 – 10 May 1923

Harry CURTIS 10 May 1923 – 30 March 1926

Caretaker 30 March 1926 – 12 April 1926

Albert HOSKINS 12 April 1926 – 29 March 1929

Caretaker 29 March 1929 – 7 May 1929

Dick HENDRIE 7 May 1929 – 29 December 1931

Caretaker 29 December 1931 – 18 January 1932

Fred MAVEN 19 January 1932 – 25 May 1937

Alan URE 26 May 1937 – 16 June 1938

Bill HARVEY 11 July 1938 –  19 July 1939

Archie CLARK 2 August 1939 – 23 November 1958

Harry BARRATT 23 November 1958 – 4 May 1962

Freddie COX 13 June 1962 – 17 December 1965

Jimmy BOSWELL (Caretaker) 17 December 1965 – 4 January 1966

Basil HAYWARD 4 January 1966 – 25 May 1971

Andy NELSON 24 June 1971 – 3 May 1974

Len ASHURST 6 May 1974 – 15 October 1975

Bill COLLINS (Caretaker) 15 October 1975 – 27 October 1975

Gerry SUMMERS 27 October 1975 – 22 May 1981

Keith PEACOCK 14 July 1981 – 29 December 1987

Paul TAYLOR 29 December 1987 – 26 October 1988

Keith BURKINSHAW 31 October 1988 – 11 April 1989

Damien RICHARDSON 11 April 1989 – 8 October 1993

Caretaker 8 October 1993 – 26 October 1993

Glenn ROEDER 26 October 1992 – 9 July 1993

Mike FLANAGAN 12 July 1993 – 28 February 1995

Neil SMILLIE  (Caretaker) 28 February 1995 – May 1995

Tony PULIS 29 June 1995 – 30 June 1999

Peter TAYLOR 7 July 1999 – 12 June 2000

Andy HESSENTHALER 29 June 2000 –  23 November 2004

John GORMAN (Caretaker) 23 November 2004 – 30 November 2004

Darren HARE/Iwan ROBERTS/Paul SMITH (Caretaker) 4 December 2004 – 7 December 2004

Stan TERNENT 7 December 2004 – 15 May 2005

Neale COOPER 21 May 2004 – 15 November 2005

Ronnie JEPSON 15 November 2005 – 9 September 2007  

Iffy ONUORA/Mick DOCHERTY (Caretakers) 9 September 2007 – 8 October 2007

Iffy ONUORA (Caretaker) 8 October 2007 – 1 November 2007

Mark STIMSON 1 November 2007 – 10 May 2007

Andy HESSENTHALER 21 May 2010 – 8 May 2012

Martin ALLEN 5 July 2012 – 14 October 2013

Peter TAYLOR 14 October 2013 – 31 December 2014

Andy HESSENTHALER/Steve LOVELL/Darren HARE/Mark PATTERSON  (Caretaker) 31 December 2014 – 7 February 2015

Justin EDINBURGH 7 February 2015 – 3 January 2017

Adrian PENNOCK 4 January 2017 – 25 September 2017

Peter TAYLOR  (Caretaker) 25 September 2017 – 12 October 2017

Steve LOVELL 12 October 2017 – 26 April 2019

Mark PATTERSON  (Caretaker) 26 April 2019 – 4 May 2019

Steve EVANS 21 May 2019 –

 

League Record

The Football League structure has historically been as follows …

1888-1892 1892-1920 1920-1921 1921-1958 1958-1992 1992-2004 2004 to date
First tier Football League Division One Division One Division One Division One Premiership Premier League
Second tier Division Two Division Two Division Two Division Two Division One Championship
Third tier Division Three Division Three
(North) and (South)
Division Three Division Two  League One
Fourth tier Division Four Division Three League Two

 


Original member of Division Three  (Tier Three) 1920

Division Three  (Tier Three) 1920-1921

Division Three (South)  (Tier Three) 1921-1938

Out of the League (Southern League) 1938-1944

Kent League 1944-1946

Southern League 1946-1950

Division Three (South)  (Tier Three) 1950-1958

Division Four 1958-1964

Division Three  (Tier Three) 1964-1971

Division Four 1971-1974

Division Three  (Tier Three) 1974-1989

Division Four 1989-1992

Division Three 1992-1996

Division Two  (Tier Three) 1996-2000

Division One  (Tier Two) 2000-2004

The Championship  (Tier Two) 2004-2005

League One  (Tier Three) 2005-2008

League Two  (Tier Three) 2008-2009

League One  (Tier Three) 2009-2010

League Two  (Tier Three) 2010-2013

League One  (Tier Three) 2013-