League One Lowdown: Gillingham

Vital Statistics

Founded: 1893

Chairman: Paul Scally

Last Season: League One - 17th

Nickname: The Gills

Rivals: Millwall, Charlton Athletic

Major Honours

None

Scheduled Matches

Portsmouth vs Gillingham: Saturday, October 6th (3pm)

Gillingham vs Portsmouth: Wednesday, December 26th (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: Steve Lovell

The 57-year-old Welshman played the majority of his football as a striker for Millwall and Gillingham in the 80's and early 90's before becoming a journeyman in non-league and retiring in 2001.

Whilst playing in non-league, Lovell managed many of the clubs he represented including Sittingbourne (twice), Gravesend & Northfleet, Hastings United and Ashford Town. He then took up a coaching role at Gillingham, became assistant manager at Bromley and then returned to the Gills when Adrian Pennock took charge in January 2017.

Following Pennock's sacking in September 2017, Lovell was promoted to manager following an instant upturn in form which ensured Gillingham would stay in League One. 

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

Priestfield Stadium is one of the two League One grounds I have yet to visit. Review to come.