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Gillingham FC
MEMS Priestfield Stadium

Capacity: 11,582 (all seated)
Address: Redfern Avenue, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 4DD
Main Telephone No: 01634 300 000
Fax No: 01634 850 986
Ticket Office: 01634 300 000 (Option 3)
Team Nickname: The Gills
Ground Opened: 1893
Pitch Size: 114 x 75 yards
Shirt Sponsors: MEMS
Home Kit Colours: Blue & Red
Away Kit Colours: Red & Blue Shirts, White Shorts
Kit Manufacturers: Vandanel
Official Web Site:
www.g
illinghamfootballclub.com

Unofficial Web Site:
Gills 365

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Contents
What's Priestfield Stadium Like?
Future Developments
Looking Towards The Rainham End (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Medway Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Rainham End And Gordon Road Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Looking Towards The Brian Moore Stand (photo)
By Train
By Official Coach
A Closer Look At The Brian Moore Stand
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme
Disabled Facilities
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2013-2014
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Priestfield Stadium Location Map


 

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What's Priestfield Stadium Like?
Priestfield Stadium has been virtually re-built since the current Chairman Paul Scally took over in 1995. On one side of the ground is the impressive looking Medway Stand. Opened in 2000, it is two-tiered, with a large lower tier and a small upper tier. In-between these tiers are a row of executive boxes, which also have seating outside. Opposite is the Gordon Road Stand. Opened in 1997, this is a much smaller single tiered stand, which is partly covered (to the rear). It contains a number of supporting pillars running across the back of it, plus it also has an unusual looking TV gantry perched on its roof. The Rainham End was opened in 1999. It is a single tier cantilevered stand, which replaced a former terrace. Opposite is the Brian Moore Stand. This is in fact a temporary seated stand that has been situated on top of an existing terrace. When I say temporary (considering that it has been there since 2003) I mean that the stand can be easily dismantled and re-assembled. This is the only open area at the stadium. This stand is named in memory of the legendary commentator and lifelong Gills fan, Brian Moore.

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Future Developments
The Club have re-announced their desire to move to a new stadium. Land near to the Club's Beeching's Cross training ground has been suggested by the Club as a possible new stadium site. The scheme which is being referred to as the Medway Village is dependant on obtaining a retail partner to provide finance into the scheme, plus getting the agreement of Medway Council. It is still very much at the feasibility stage. If the Club were to move then Priestfield would be re-developed for housing.

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Looking Towards The Rainham End

 

Priestfield Stadium, Looking Towards
                    The Rainham End

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are housed on one side of the Brian Moore Stand (on the Medway Stand side) where around 1,500 supporters can be accommodated. Like last season the stand is of the temporary variety i.e. the type that you would see around the 18th hole at the British Open Golf Championship, although it is of a good size and height (you can get some great views of the surrounding area at the very top of it), plus the views of the playing action are fine. Unlike most temporary stands though the facilities are surprisingly good, being of a permanent nature behind the structure. However it is uncovered, so although the Club hand out free rain macs if it rains, still be prepared to get wet! The absence of a roof also dampens the atmosphere somewhat, even considering that the end is shared with home fans. However supporters in this area do try to make some noise by stamping on the metal rows of the stand. One unusual aspect of visiting Priestfield Stadium is that away supporters have to walk down a very narrow terraced street to reach the away entrance, or if coming from adjacent streets down very tight alley ways. However, there is never normally any problems with this although after the game the Police sometimes close of some of the surrounding streets to keep fans apart.

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Medway Stand

Priestfield Stadium,
                    Medway Stand

Where To Drink?
A handy pub for away fans is the Livingstone Arms on Gillingham Road, which is a five minute walk from the away turnstiles. The atmosphere within the pub is normally warm and friendly. This pub which also has a beer garden, is popular with both away and home supporters and as you would expect it gets rather busy on matchdays. There is a handy fish & chip shop, situated across the road from the pub. Robert Phipps a Gillingham supporter advises away fans 'to avoid the Cricketers pub in Sturdee Avenue'.

Otherwise, the ground is walkable from the town centre, where there are a fair few pubs to be found. Paul Kelly a visiting Preston fan adds; 'we have used the 'Will Adams' in the town centre. The pub is in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and does good cheap food. Plus a very friendly crowd of football locals happy to indulge in friendly banter - the landlord is a Gill fan too!' Robert Donaldson recommends the 'Southern Belle' opposite the railway station, which also has a cafe located next door.

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Rainham End And Gordon Road Stand

Priestfield Stadium,
                    Gordon Road Stand

How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Leave the M2 at Junction 4 and take the A278 towards Gillingham, going straight across two roundabouts. At the 3rd roundabout turn left onto the A2 towards Gillingham town centre. At the traffic light junction with the A231, turn right into Nelson Road and passing the small bus station take a right turn into Gillingham Road, the ground is down on your right.

Alternatively Roger Blackman provides an alternative route from the M2; 'At the start of the M2 keep left and follow A289 towards Gillingham. Continue towards Gillingham and go through through the Medway Tunnel (Priestfield Stadium is signposted from here). Continue on the A289 ignoring the turn off for Gillingham town centre, until you reach the Strand roundabout after about a mile. Turn right at this roundabout and up the hill and over the level crossing. Take the second left past the level crossing into Linden Road and the ground is along this road on the right'.

There is a residents only parking scheme in operation around the ground, so if you want to street park, this will mean driving a bit further away to do so. Chris Bell a visiting Northampton Town fan adds; 'There is a cheap pay and display car park (1.40 for four hours) on Railway Street near Gillingham station, which is less than 10 mins walk from the ground'.

Map showing the location of Priestfield Stadium (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: ME7 4DD

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Looking Towards The Brian Moore Stand

Priestfield Stadium,
                    Looking Towards The Brian Moore Stand

By Train
The ground is about a ten minute walk away from Gillingham railway station, which is served by trains from London Victoria (every 15mins), Charing Cross (every 30mins), St Pancras and Stratford International (both located on the same line, every 30mins). It is worth noting that the quickest trains leave from St Pancras (journey time around 45mins) and Stratford International (journey time 37mins).

Robert Donaldson provides the following directions; 'Turn left out of the station and follow the road until you come to a crossroads. Go straight on into Priestfield Road. The visitors turnstiles are at the far end of Priestfield Road. Allow ten minutes to get from the station and into the ground'.

To get to the home areas, turn right at the crossroads and then first left into Gordon Road for the Gillingham End Terrace home area, the Gordon Road Stand and the Rainham End. For the Medway Stand or an alternative route to the Rainham End, turn left at the crossroads and then first right. At the far end the road turns right and then left.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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By Official Coach
Robert Donaldson adds; 'If you arrive by official coach the Police will escort the coach to a bus park, a ten minute walk from the ground. To get there, walk from the parking area to the main road, turn left and follow this road until you come to Gillingham Road. Turn right and follow this until you come to the crossroads mentioned above, only this time Priestfield Road is on the left'.

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A Closer Look At The Brian Moore Stand


Brian
                    Moore Stand, Gillingham

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Local Rivals
With a lack of other league clubs in the area, Gillingham fans have focused on Millwall, Charlton and from a bit further a field Swindon Town.

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Admission Prices
Home Fans*:
Medway Stand (Lower Tier centre blocks): Adults 24, No Concessions
Medway Stand (Lower Tier all other blocks):
Adults 20, Over 65's 17, Under 18's 10, Under 12's 7
Medway Stand (Upper Tier):
Adults 20, Over 65's 17, Under 18's 10, Under 12's 7
Rainham End:
Adults 20, Over 65's 17, Under 18's 10, Under 12's 7
Gordon Road Stand
(Centre & Wings):
Adults 24,
Over 65's 18, Under 18's 10, Under 12's 7
Gordon Road Stand (Outer Wings):
Adults 20, Over 65's 17, Under 18's 10, Under 12's 7
Brian Moore Stand:
Adults 15,
Over 65's 15, Under 18's 10, Under 12's 5

Away Fans*:

Brian Moore Stand:
Adults 15,
Over 65's 15, Under 18's 10, Under 12's 5

* Please note that these ticket prices are for tickets purchased prior to matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game can cost up to 5 more per adult ticket and 2 for juniors.

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Programme
Official Programme: 3

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field
website.

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Ground Layout


Layout plan of Priestfield Stadium

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Fixtures 2013-2014
Gillingham FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
23,002 v Queens Park Rangers,
FA Cup 3rd Round, January 10th, 1948.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
11,418 v West Ham United
Division One, September 20th, 2003.


Average Attendance:
2012-2013: 6,601 (League Two)
2011-2012: 5,146 (League Two)
2010-2011: 5,231 (League Two)

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Fans Reviews Of Priestfield Stadium
Paul Mason (Bristol City) 31/8/13
Jonathan Bennett (Dagenham & Redbridge) 9/4/12
Simon Turner (Northampton Town) 5/11/12

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from Priestfield Stadium.

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Map Showing The Location Of Priestfield Stadium, Railway Station and Listed Pubs


 

 

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Last Updated: 25 March 2014