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13-11-2001, 03:19 AM
Gillingham v Crystal Palace
21st November 2001 k.o. 7:45pm

Priestfield Stadium
Redfern Avenue, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 4DD
Main Telephone No: 01634-851854
Official Web site: www.gillinghamfootballclub.com
e-mail: info@gillinghamfootballclub.com

The away terracing allocation is now SOLD OUT.

Depart Selhurst at 4pm. Gold members 8.25, season ticket holders 9.00 and guests 16.00.

Away fans are housed in part of the Gillingham End open uncovered terrace, where between 900 and 1,800 supporters can be accommodated. This end is shared with the home supporters having a fence and some netting separating the two.
. it is worth bearing in mind that a certain section of Gillingham supporters are quite passionate about their club, so use your discretion around the ground. The entrance to the terrace is quite unusual as you go down a small road with terraced housing on either side to reach it and as the terraced houses are taller than the away terrace you don't really see it until the last moment. The view of the playing action is quite poor. Basically you can't see one corner of the pitch and part of one goal. There is one portakabin toilet at the rear of the terrace.

There are 5 spaces for disabled supporters in the Gordon Road Stand. Tickets free for disabled person, matchday prices for helper. Booking requires 24 hours notice. For more details, please contact the club by ringing 01634 300 000. Parking is available. For blind facilities please contact Gillingham.

How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Leave the M2 at Junction 4 and take the A278 towards Gillingham, going straight across two roundabouts. At the 3rd roundabout turn left onto the A2 towards Gillingham town centre. At the junction with the A231, turn right (into Nelson Road) and after the bus station take a right turn into Gillingham Road, the ground is down on your right. Street Parking. It is suggested arriving at least one hour before kick-off as car parking is extremely limited (although one website states there is a Car park for 1,100 cars) and, be warned, there can be some delay after games as the traffic takes time to disperse. You may find spaces off Woodlands Road, or on Chicago Avenue, Livingstone Road & Sturdee Avenue. The public car park on Railway Street behind the station is only a 5-10 minute walk from the ground. To avoid some of the post-match gridlock, home fans advise visitors to park facing the way home, as turning round can take hours!

It is about 45 minutes drive from the centre of London and London Gatwick Airport. Birmingham is less than 2.5 hours away

By Train
Regular train services run from London Victoria and Charing Cross.The ground is walkable from the railway station (about a 1/4 of a mile). Turn left out of the station and follow the road until you come to a crossroads. Go straight on into Priestfield Road. Ignore the sign that says "No Access To Football Ground" if it is still there because Priestfield Road is the only access to the ground for visiting supporters. The visitors turnstiles are at the far end of Priestfield Road. Allow ten minutes to get from the station and into the ground'.

Or from Gillingham Rail Station, take a left and then left again onto Balmoral Road. Turn left onto Gillingham Road and then the next right into Linden Road. Turn right at the T-junction into Redfern Avenue - this will lead you to the away turnstiles.

To get to the home areas, turn right at the crossroads and then first left into Gordon Road for the Gillingham End Terrace home area, the Gordon Road Stand and the Rainham End. For the Medway Stand or an alternative route to the Rainham End, turn left at the crossroads and then first right. At the far end the road turns right and then left.

By Official Coach
If you arrive by official coach the Police will escort the coach to a bus park which is again a ten minute walk from the ground. To get to the ground, walk out of the parking area to the main road, turn left and follow this road until you come to Gillingham Road, turn right into Gillingham Road and follow this until you come to the crossroads - Priestfield Road is on the left

By Bus:
Bus numbers 101, 132, 136, 182 and 183 go from Chatham bus station

Pubs & food
The ground is walkable from the town centre, where there are a fair few pubs to be found.
However RB says most pubs in Gillingham are the pits, however the Cricketers in Sturdee Avenue is popular with home supporters & close to the ground - a couple of streets behind the Gordon Road stand.
The Roseneath in Arden Street is an excellent real ale pub & usually does huge doorstop sandwiches at lunchtime for 1.
Anybody who wants to carry on after the game it is suggested they drive 10 minutes to Rochester High Street where there are a number of restaurants and pubs ( RB recommends the taste of two cities Indian )
Also a night club.
Best pint of Guinness anywhere outside Ireland is at The Prince of Wales
(P.O.W.) Strood

Southern Belle opposite the railway station - 170 Gillingham High Street, which also has a cafe located next door is a small friendly pub - landlord is happy for fans to bring in takeaway food.

The Ship public house on the Lower Rainham Road

According to the Internet Football Fans guide - Livingstone Arms on Gillingham Road
is known as an "Away Supporters" pub and is situated approximately 100 yards from the away turnstiles. The atmosphere within the pub is both warm and friendly and there is even complimentary bar food laid on for fans. Otherwise you can purchase a hot pie with your pint, or visit the local chip shop, situated across the road.

Dog & Bone - Jeffrey Street. Newly re-furbished pub with restaurant.

The Napier Arms - 153 Britton Street. Cosy pub also has a larger games room. Families welcome.

The Falcon - 95 Marlborough Road.

United services - 27 Arden Street

Gillingham High Street near the station has several outlets - bakeries, cafe, Mcdonalds, Wimpy etc.

Food inside the ground - burgers, hotdogs - very little fare for vegetarians.

Local Radio
BBC Radio Kent 96.7 102.4 FM
Invicta FM - 102.8 & 103.1 FM

13-11-2001, 03:36 AM
Originally posted by lightweight
Gillingham v Crystal Palace
21st November 2001 k.o. 7:45pm

How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Birmingham is less than 2.5 hours away

Food inside the ground - burgers, hotdogs - very little fare for vegetarians.

Why Birmingham? Why would anyone want to go there? :rolleyes:

Food - as a veggie, I get used to having to bring my own. I'm still looking forward to having my first veggie Balti pie. Ah, perhaps that's where the Birmingham reference fits in. :p

Thanks Janet.

13-11-2001, 03:59 AM
Originally posted by EpsomEagle

Why Birmingham? Why would anyone want to go there? :rolleyes:

Good question!!

Had forgotten that was in there :eek:

Pat of the Palace
19-11-2001, 03:45 AM
Here's a map;www.streetmap.co.uk/streetmap.dll?grid2map?X=578300&Y=168100&arrow=Y&zoom=2

19-11-2001, 05:33 PM
Anyone meeting up for pre-match drinkies? I'm leaving plenty of time to get there, and if I arrive early (yet to be achieved this season) I'll drop into the pub where the rest of you lot might be.

19-11-2001, 10:27 PM
Haven't previously tried any of the pubs in the area (boxing day last year and didn't get there earlier enough previously) so not sure which to suggest. Maybe the Livingstone Arms?

19-11-2001, 10:34 PM
Originally posted by lightweight
Maybe the Livingstone Arms?

That was recommended to away fans on the nationwide football show the other week.

19-11-2001, 10:36 PM
Shall we go with that one then

20-11-2001, 04:16 PM
The Livingstone Arms is OK nothing more. Like most of the pubs in the area it can be described as "a bit rough". They will probably only be serving beer in plastic glasses again, the pub will be very busy and I would not recommend starting any Palace songs in there. Saying that, it is probably the best of a bad bunch and is where I will probably end up b4 the game.

20-11-2001, 07:23 PM
Originally posted by Gazza2
The Livingstone Arms is OK nothing more. Like most of the pubs in the area it can be described as "a bit rough". They will probably only be serving beer in plastic glasses again, the pub will be very busy and I would not recommend starting any Palace songs in there.

So, it's not the Away fans pub then ??:confused: :confused:

20-11-2001, 07:47 PM
It is recommended as an away fans pub tho? I think it's the best of a bad bunch as far as I can make out.

20-11-2001, 07:59 PM
Well, if it's going to be packed with Palace why can't we sing any songs ??!

biggus mickus
21-11-2001, 03:22 AM
No probs.
Out of the station,turn left,turn left and follow your nose.
It stinks!

21-11-2001, 04:17 AM
Trains to Gillingham from Cannon Street & Victoria run about every 20 minutes peak time taking about 45 mins.

Return trains leave Gillingham at 21:59, 22:10 & 22:59 to Victoria and 22:19 to Charing Cross.

I think that's accurate anyway!

21-11-2001, 01:34 PM
There is not really an away pub in Gillingham. Away fans use The Livingstone Arms as it is closest to the away end. There will normally be a 50/50 mix of home and away fans in there. The pub is a bit run down and the interior does not appear to have been decorated since the blitz.

Like most clubs, Gills have a small element of trouble makers. They usually drink in pub where they think most away fans will be !!! Hence, the plastic glasses in The Livingstone Arms.

21-11-2001, 02:05 PM
See you all there - maybe I will see some of you on the train. :p

21-11-2001, 09:05 PM
Have a good evening everyone. I'll be listening out for you on the radio. Hope it doesnt rain :D

And as for not being able to see part of the goal and a corner flag - make that about a third of the pitch ( if you're up at the back and as shsort as me :grrr: )

Kevin T
21-11-2001, 09:11 PM
Little Al just phoned. He's been in the Livingstone for the past hour. God help us all.