League One Lowdown: Gillingham

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 23 July 2017

Vital Statistics

Founded: 1893

Chairman: Paul Scally

Last Season: League One - 20th

Nickname: The Gills

Rivals: Millwall, Charlton Athletic

Major Honours


Scheduled Matches

Portsmouth vs Gillingham: Saturday, March 10th (3pm)

Gillingham vs Portsmouth: Saturday, October 7th (3pm)

Gillingham: A brief history

Formed as New Brompton in 1893, the Kent club were promotoed to Division One after its first season in Division Two in 1895. The club avoided relegation in its early years due to the expansion of the Football League and its name was changed to Gillingham in 1912.

Gillingham finished bottom of the Third Division and weren't re-elected to the Football League in 1938 but they made a return in 1950 and have remained ever since, despite struggling at times.

The Gills finished in their highest ever position when they finished 11th in the second tier during the same season when Pompey were promoted to the Premier League as champions of Division One. Gillingham couldn't survive for long as they were relegated to League One and have yo-yo'ed between the bottom two tiers since.

The Manager: Adrian Pennock

The 46-year-old spent most of his playing career as a defender for Bournemouth and Gillingham before retiring at non-league Gravesend & Northfleet. He then took his first job in management in non-league at Welling in 2005 and briefly became a coach at Stoke.

He returned to management with Forest Green Rovers in 2013 and took them to the play-offs twice, but was sacked just a week before the play-offs the second time after a poor run of results despite finishing as Conference runners-up.

Pennock then returned to old club Gillingham at the start of 2017 with the aim of keeping them in League One, which he managed on the final day of last season.

The Ground: Priestfield Stadium (Capacity: 11,582 - Away: 1,500)

Priestfield Stadium is one of the four grounds I have yet to visit. Review to come.

Portsmouth Match Reports

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