Gillingham F.C.

Gillingham Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Gillingham, Kent, England. The only Kent-based club in the Football League, the "Gills" play their home matches at Priestfield Stadium. The team competes in League One, the third tier of the English football league system.

Gillingham
Full nameGillingham Football Club
Nickname(s)The Gills
Founded1893; 128 years ago (1893)
(as "New Brompton")
GroundPriestfield Stadium
Capacity11,582[1]
ChairmanPaul Scally
ManagerSteve Evans
LeagueEFL League One
2020–21EFL League One, 10th of 24
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club was founded in 1893 and joined the Football League in 1920. They were voted out of the league in favour of Ipswich Town at the end of the 1937–38 season, but returned to it 12 years later after it was expanded from 88 to 92 clubs. Twice in the late 1980s they came close to winning promotion to the second tier of English football, but a decline then set in and in 1993 they narrowly avoided relegation to the Football Conference. Between 2000 and 2005, Gillingham were in the second tier of the English football league system for the only time in their history, achieving a club record highest league finish of eleventh place in 2002–03.