Gillingham Football Club GILLINGHAM
Ground: Priestfield Stadium,
Redfern Avenue,
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Tel: 01625-264 686
Websites: Official
Gills Connect Forum (Rivals)
Media: BBC
Kent Messenger
Getting there
By Car: (approx 89 miles from HW)
M40 east then M25 southbound. Continue on M25 for 59 miles and then exit at junction 2. At the roundabout take the fourth exit onto the A2 (Canterbury/Dartford) towards the M2. After 9 miles exit onto A289 towards Gillingham. At the Four Elms Roundabout Check for specific or more detailed directions.
Train: Gillingham mainline station is just over a mile from the ground. Connections from High Wycombe are via London Marylebone and then from London Victoria. Total journey is about 2 and half hours. Check for specific times and connections.

The FA Cup meeting between the two sides in November 1932 was the first time Wanderers had reached the First Round Proper of the famous competition and subsequently the first time Wanderers had taken on Football League opposition in a competitive game.

The Gills, then in Division Three (South) of the Football League had the advantage of the home draw and in front of a crowd of 6,428 at Priestfield (generating 354 receipts) saw the Isthmian Amateurs from High Wycombe put up a spirited performance. According to The Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham Observer, Wanderers 'earned golden opinions fpr their tenacious endeavour'. Wanderers Centre-half Pat Badrick kept The Gills at bay until six minutes before the interval when Liddle flighted in a ball that caught in the wind and deceived Jim Kipping in the Wanderers goal and Bethell followed up to force the ball and keeper into the net. With the wind behind them in the second period, Wycombe saw the home side push for a second goal but held strong and with 15 fifteen minutes remaining equalised. Dick Braisher was the man to score Wanderers first ever FA Cup goal in the competition proper when he picked up a pass from Alf Britnell before hitting the ball into the corner of the net, past Holland in the Gills goal and causing huge excitement for those who had travelled from Buckinghamshire.

With no floodlights at Loakes Park, the replay took place the following Wednesday afternoon. Despite the time of the kick-off, a crowd of 7,597 (receipts nearly 400) gathered to see Wycombe and The Gills play out another thrilling tie on a 'quagmire' of a pitch. But there was a bad start for Wycombe when they conceeded in the first minute when Cox tunred a cross from Liddle into his own net. However, Wanderers equalised through Brown later in the half and then took the lead just before the interval when Braisher converted a penalty after Brown had been fouled.

Wanderers held their 2-1 lead until 15 minutes from time when Cooper equalised after nodding in Bethell's cross. Nicoll then made the score 3-2 to Gillingham and the same player made the tie safe for the professionals when he converted another Liddle cross to make the final score Wycombe 2 Gillingham 4. The Gills went on to travel to Bristol Rovers in the Second Round where they drew 1-1 before losing 3-1 in the replay back in Kent.

Wycombe team (both games): Kipping, Crump, Cox, Rance, Badrick, Greenwell, Varney, Simmons, Brown, Braisher, Britnell

Gillingham team (replay): Holland, Jackson, Gellatly, Forbes, Collins, High, Bethell, Purcell, Nicol, Cropper, Liddle
Chairboy Connections
A selection of players who have played for both Clubs.

Indicates player profile available

Trevor Aylott - Former trainee with Chelsea - making his senior debut in 1977 and going on to made 29 League apps while at Stamford Bridge. Went on to play for Barnsley (96 apps - 26 goals), Millwall (32 apps - 5 goals) and Luton Town (32 apps - 10 goals), Crystal Palace (53 apps - 12 goals), back to Barnsley on loan (9 apps), Bournemouth (147 apps - 27 goals), Birmingham City (27 apps) and Oxford United (37 apps - 6 goals). Ended his Football League career at Gillingham (10 apps - 2 goals) and joined Wycombe on loan from The Gills in March 1993 - making three Conference appearances wearing his distinctive headband.

Delroy Facey - Striker who made six Football League appearances for the Wanderers during the 2007/8 season while on loan from Gillingham. Switched to Notts County in the summer of 2008 after his contract was terminated by The Gills. Originally a trainee with Huddersfield Town. Signed by Sam Allardyce at Bolton in July 2002 and played in ten Premiership games before loan spells with Bradford City and Burnley. Moved to West Brom in January 2004 and then to Hull City in the summer of 2004 where he played under Wanderers Manager to be Peter Taylor. Went on to have short spells with Oldham Athletic, Tranmere Rovers and Rotherham United before his move to The Gills in July 2007.

Ty Gooden - Midfielder who played briefly as a youngster with Wycombe before moving into League football on free with Swindon Town in 1993 aged 20. Moved to Gillingham in January 2000 for a 100,000 fee, going on to make 59 League appearances and scoring 5 times. Ended his playing career at Canvey Island.

Leon Johnson - Central defedner signed on a free for Wycombe in the summer of 2007 from The Gills. A former trainee with Southend United who made his senior debut in December 1999. Made more than a 100 appearances for the Gills prior to his move to Wycombe. Made an immediate impact at Wycombe by taking the Player of the Season award for 2007/8.

Lawrence Osborne - Midfielder who made 18 appearances for Wycombe in the Conference between April 1988 and March 1989 under Manager Jim Kelman. Went on to play for Newport County, Redbridge Forest and then Maidstone United before moving to the Gills where he made 6 appearances and scored once between 1991 and 1993.

John Nutter - Former Blackburn Rovers trainee who joined Wycombe during the 2000/01 season and was given his Football League debut on his only Wycombe apperance in February 2001 as Lawrie Sanchez rested players ahead of the FA Cup Quarter-Final tie with Leicester City. Switched to Aldershot Town in the summer of 2001, where he went on to spend three seasons. Signed for Grays Athletic in the summer of 2004 - making 40 Conference appearances before moving to Stevenage Borough in July 2006. Joined Gillingham in January 2008 following a loan spell from Stevenage.

David Perpetuini - Defender who made 2 apps for Wycombe after transfering from Gillingham in January 2005. A former trainee at Watford - making 19 League apps for The Hornets before a three and a half year spell with The Gills. Left Wycombe in March 2005 and has since played for Walsall, Stevenage Borough and Rushden.

Bass Savage - Striker who made five appearances for Wycombe while on loan from Reading during the 2004/5 season. The former trainee with The Royals also played on loan for Bury (5 apps) before moving to Bristol City (23 apps - 1 goal) in November 2005. Switched to the Gills in September 2006 going on to make 14 League apps and scoring once before moving to Brighton where he enjoyed a succesful spell (36 apps - 9 goals). Has since played for Millwall (11 apps - 2 goals) and joined Tranmere Rovers at the start of the 2008/9 season.

Steve Walford - Former player with Spurs, Arsenal, Norwich City and West Ham. Ended his playing career at Wycombe under Martin O'Neill before moving onto the coaching side. Went on to become part of the O'Neill Management team at Norwich, Leciester, Celtic and Aston Villa. Spent time on loan at Gillingham in 1988 from West Ham - making 4 League appearances. Has also played on loan for Huddersfield Town and West Brom.

Also not forgetting

Peter Taylor - Managed the Gills during the 1999/2000 season in Division Two where he led them to promotion to Division One after finishing third behind Preston and Burnley. Switched to Leicester City in the summer of 2000 and managed Brighton, Hull City, Crystal Palace and Stevenage Borough before taking up the Manager's seat at Wycombe in May 2008 following the resignation of Paul Lambert.

John Gorman - Played two League Cup games for Gillingham in 1986 as emergency cover while he was Youth Team boss at Priestfield. Caretaker Manager at Wycombe following the departure of Lawrie Sanchez in 2003. Then worked briefly as Assistant to Tony Adams. Taken on as Assistant to Andy Hessenthaler at Gillingham during the 2003/4 season before acting as Caretaker following Hessenthaler departure. Become Wycombe Manager in November 2004 before departing at the end of the 2005/6 season.

Richard Hill - Former Assistant to John Gregory at Adams Park but given the shove when Gregory moved to Aston Villa. Became Assitant Manager at Gillingham. Eventually rejoined Gregory as Assistant at QPR before being dismissed for violent conduct.

Junior Lewis - Much travelled midfielder who played made 59 League appearances for The Gills between 1999 and 2001. Played for Leicester City, Brighton, Swindon, Hull City, Brentford, MK Dons and Stevenage (as coach with Peter Taylor), before teaming up again with Taylor at Wycombe in the summer of 2008.

Gary Micklewhite - Brief spell as Assistant Manager at Wycombe under Neill Smilie. The former QPR player made just over 100 appearance for The Gills.

Neil Smillie - Popular Youth Team Manager at Wycombe who took on the First Team role following the departure of John Gregory. Sacked after just a few months in charge in January 1999.
Chairboys all-time record against The Silkmen
Sat, Nov 26, 1932 FAC1 A D 1-1 6,428
Wed, Nov 20, 1932 FAC1r H L 2-4 7,597
Sat, Sep 4, 1993 FL3 H D 1-1 6,226
Sat, Feb 26, 1994 FL3 A W 1-0 4,292
Mon, Nov 13, 1995 FAC1 H D 1-1 5,064
Tue, Nov 21, 1995 FAC1r A L 0-1 8,585
Sat, Aug 24, 1996 FL2 H D 1-1 4,582
Sat, Mar 22, 1997 FL2 A L 0-1 5,932
Sat, Oct 11, 1997 FL2 A L 0-1 5,545
Sat, Feb 28, 1998 FL2 H W 1-0 5,583
Sat, Oct 10, 1998 FL2 A L 0-3 4,575
Mon, April 5, 1999 FL2 H L 0-2 6,688
Sat, Aug 28, 1999 FL2 A D 2-2 6,180
Tue, Mar 28, 2000 FL2 H W 1-0 4,183
Tue, Nov 22, 2005 FLT2 A D 2-2* 2,111
Sun, Dec 28, 2008 FL3 A D 1-1 5,979
Sat, Apr 11, 2009 FL3 H W 1-0 6,306
Sat, Oct 10, 2009 FL2 A L 2-3 5,316
Sat, May 10, 2010 FL2 H W 3-0 7,110
Tue, Nov 2, 2010 FL3 A W 2-0 4,076
Mon, Jan 3, 2011 FL3 H W 1-0 4,617
Tue, Aug 21, 2012 FL3 H L 0-1 3,507
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 FL3 A W 1-0 4,758
Sat, Dec 15, 2018 FL2 A D 2-2 4,687
Sat, Feb 23, 2019 FL2 H L 0-1 4,879
Sat, Sep 14, 2019 FL2 A L 0-2 4,814
Sat, Oct 9, 2021 FL2 H W 2-0 4,992
Sat, Apr 9, 2022 FL2 A D 1-1 4,858
FAC = FA Cup
FL3= Football League Division Three/'League Two'
FL2= Football League Division Two/'League One'
FLT= Football League Trophy/LDV
* won on penalties
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