2019/20 Opposition Guide: Gillingham

Ahead of Wanderers' 2019/20 Sky Bet League One campaign, bwfc.co.uk will profile the various opponents the team will be pitting their wits against this term.

Next up, we have Gillingham...

Nickname: The Gills

Founded: 1893 

Stadium: MEMS Priestfield Stadium

Capacity: 11,582

2018/19 Finish: 13th in Sky Bet League One 

2018/19 Top Scorer: Tom Eaves - 22 goals in all competitions

Manager: Steve Evans

One of English's football's most notable managerial names, Steve Evans made the switch to the Gills on June 1 having most recently been in charge of Peterborough United.

As a player meanwhile, the Scot actually started his foray into the game with Wanderers, but failed to make the grade at first team level and as a result, returned to his nativeland where he figured for Clyde, Albion Rovers, Ayr United, Hamilton Academical and St Johnstone.

Ending his seven-year professional career in 1986 due to a knee ligament injury, he moved into the management game in 1994 with Stamford before two spells with Boston United between 1998 and 2007.

Resigning from United on May 27, 2007, Evans took over at Crawley Town and went on to lead the club to the Football League for the first time in their history in 2011.

An impressive feat, his exploits soon attracted Rotherham United and in April 2012, he made the switch to the South Yorkshire outfit and remained there for just over three years, famously wearing a sombrero, shorts and sandals to a game against Leeds United after keeping the Millers in the second tier of English football in 2015.

And ironically, his next port of call was to be Elland Road when in October of the same year, he replaced Uwe Rosler at the helm and led the Whites to 13th in the Sky Bet Championship.

He departed the Yorkshire side that summer however and later that year, moved to Mansfield Town. His stint with the Stags was brief though and he resigned in late February to take over the reins at the aforementioned Peterborough where he remained until January 26 of this year.

Distance From The University Of Bolton Stadium: 267 miles

Getting To MEMS Priestfield Stadium

Gillingham Football Club 
MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Redfern Avenue 
ME7 4DD 

By Car: Exit A2 at junction 1 (M2) onto the A289. Follow signs for Medway Tunnel. After about three miles take the second exit off the roundabout, again following signs towards Medway Tunnel. At the next roundabout take the first exit.

At the next roundabout take the first exit into the Tunnel. On exit follow the A289 over two sets of traffic lights before coming to the Strand roundabout.

Take the third exit onto Church Street. Drive up the hill and continue over the level crossing. Take the second left after the crossing and follow Linden Drive to the end. Turn right into Redfern Avenue, where you will see the MEMS Priestfield Stadium on your right.

Travelling By Train: The fastest way for many visiting supporters travelling to the MEMS Priestfield Stadium will be on Southeastern's High Speed service from St Pancras to Gillingham.

The service, which will typically stop at Stratford International, Ebbsfleet International, takes around 40 minutes. However, because it is Southeastern's flagship service, tickets cost more than those to Gillingham from other London termini.

When a full service is running, four trains per hour depart from London Victoria, two of which will typically take 50 minutes, the other around 70.  

There are also direct services to Gillingham from Charing Cross via Dartford, but because of ongoing refurbishment at London Bridge station, fans travelling from there are likely to have to change at Charlton.

On leaving Gillingham station turn left on to Balmoral Road. Walk for about five minutes down Balmoral Road until you come to the end.

Straight opposite Balmoral Road, you will see Priestfield Road. The away turnstiles are located at the top of Priestfield Road and the walk from the station should take no longer than ten minutes.

Parking: Visiting supporters should note that the following roads are restricted to permit holders only:

Balmoral Road, Windsor Road, Ferndale Road, Linden Avenue, Priestfield Road, Gordon Road, Livingstone Road, Coulman Street, Beaconsfield Avenue, Harold Avenue, School Lane, Toronto Road, Redfern Avenue and parts of Sunnymead Avenue.

Traffic Wardens often undertake patrols on matchdays so it is strongly recommended that fans choose alternative parking areas. Suggested alternatives include:

The eastern end of Sunnymead Avenue, Chicago Avenue, Canadian Avenue, Valley Road, Sturdee Avenue, Woodlands Road, Carlton Avenue, Alexandra Avenue, Larkfield Avenue, Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue.

Woodlands Primary School has offered the use of its car parks for supporters' use. Its 100-plus spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at £3 each from 1.30pm for every Saturday match until the end of the season. 

Head to Head: Wanderers and Gillingham have met previously on 17 occasions, with the Whites currently just ahead of their Gills counterparts with nine wins as opposed to their six.

The last time these two sides met meanwhile was back in the 2017/18 season where the Trotters ran out 4-0 winners on both occasions.

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