List of Gillingham F.C. records and statistics

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This article is about all-time records. For a season-by-season statistical breakdown, see Gillingham F.C. seasons.
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Ron Hillyard, Gillingham's appearance record holder, played a total of 655 games in a 17-year career with the club.

Gillingham F.C. is an English professional association football club based in Gillingham, Kent, playing in Football League One, the third level of the English football league system, as of the 2008–09 season. The club was formed in 1893 as New Brompton F.C.,[1] a name which was retained until 1913,[2] and has played home matches at Priestfield Stadium throughout its history.[1] The club joined the Football League in 1920,[3] was voted out of the league in favour of Ipswich Town at the end of the 1937–38 season,[4] but returned to the league 12 years later after it was expanded from 88 to 92 clubs.[5] Between 2000 and 2005, Gillingham played in the second tier of the English league for the only time in the club's history, achieving a highest league finish of eleventh place in 2002–03.[6]

The record for most games played for the club is held by Ron Hillyard, who made 655 appearances between 1974 and 1991. Brian Yeo is the club's record goalscorer, scoring 149 goals during his Gillingham career. Andrew Crofts holds the record for the most international caps gained as a Gillingham player, having made 12 appearances for Wales. The highest transfer fee ever paid by the club is the £600,000 paid to Reading for Carl Asaba in 1998, and the highest fee received is the £1,500,000 paid by Manchester City for Robert Taylor in 1999. The highest attendance recorded at Priestfield was 23,002 for the visit of Queens Park Rangers in 1948. The club holds one Football League record, having conceded the fewest goals in a 46-match season, when the team conceded only 20 goals during the 1995–96 season.

All figures are correct as of the end of the 2012–13 season.

Honours and achievements[edit]

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Gillingham fans at the 2000 play-off final

Gillingham have won two major honours in English football; first the Football League Fourth Division title in the 1963–64 season[7] and then the Football League Two title in the 2012–13 season.[8] The club has also achieved promotion on four other occasions, most recently in the 2008–09 season, when a 1–0 victory over Shrewsbury Town in the 2009 Football League Two play-off final secured a return to League One following relegation the previous season.[9]

Gillingham's only previous victory at Wembley Stadium came in the 1999–2000 season, when a 3–2 victory over Wigan Athletic in the Second Division play-off final clinched promotion to the second tier of English football for the first time in Gillingham's history.[10] Between 1938 and 1950, when the club played outside the Football League, Gillingham won the Southern Football League championship on two occasions and the Kent League once.[11]

The Football League[edit]

Other honours[edit]

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The New Brompton team which won the Southern League Division Two championship in the 1894–95 season

National cup competitions[edit]

Player records[edit]

Age[edit]

Appearances[edit]

All competitive first team matches are included. Statistics correct as of the end of the 2010–11 season. Appearances as substitute are in brackets. Players who played for the club prior to 1920 or between 1938 and 1950, when the club played in the Southern League and Kent League rather than the Football League, have appearances in those competitions included in their totals.[22]

# Name Years Leaguea FA Cup League Cupb Other Total
1 Hillyard, RonRon Hillyard 1974–1991 563 (0) 34 (0) 44 (0) 14 (0) 655 (0)
2 Simpson, JohnJohn Simpson 1957–1972 571 (0) 26 (0) 19 (0) 0 (0) 616 (0)
3 Weatherly, MarkMark Weatherly 1974–1989 458 (49) 33 (5) 38 (3) 14 (1) 543 (58)
4 Boswell, JimmyJimmy Boswell 1946–1958 470 (0) 36 (0) 17 (0) 0 (0) 523 (0)
5 Marks, CharlieCharlie Marks 1943–1957 392 (8) 42 (2) 0 (0) 0 (0) 434 (10)
6 Tydeman, DickDick Tydeman 1969–1977
1981–1984
371 (3) 22 (0) 23 (1) 3 (0) 419 (4)
7 Smith, PaulPaul Smith[23] 1997–2005
2005–2006
345 (4) 21 (0) 18 (0) 12 (2) 396 (6)
8 Robertson, JockJock Robertson 1919–1933 365 (0) 30 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 395 (0)
9 Yeo, BrianBrian Yeo 1963–1975 356 (11) 16 (0) 15 (0) 0 (0) 387 (11)
10 Southall, NickyNicky Southall[24] 1997–2001
2002–2005
2007–2009
2010–
338 (23) 17 (0) 11 (1) 14 (0) 379 (24)
a. Includes Football League, Southern League and Kent League
b. Includes Football League Cup, Southern League Cup and Kent League Cup

Goalscorers[edit]

Fred Cheesmur scored six goals in a match in 1930, a club record haul for a match in The Football League.

Top goalscorers[edit]

All competitive first team matches are included. Appearances, including those as substitute, are in brackets. Players who played for the club prior to 1920 or between 1938 and 1950, when the club played in the Southern League and Kent League rather than the Football League, have goals in those competitions included in their totals.[22]

# Name Years Leaguea FA Cup League Cupb Other Total
1 Yeo, BrianBrian Yeo 1963–1975 136 (356) 4 (16) 9 (15) 0 (0) 149 (387)
2 Russell, HughieHughie Russell 1946–1952 106 (186) 12 (23) 2 (0) 0 (0) 120 (209)
3 Wilson, TugTug Wilson 1936–1949 91 (211) 5 (16) 17 (25) 0 (1) 113 (253)
4 Cascarino, TonyTony Cascarino[D] 1981–1987 78 (219) 11 (17) 9 (18) 12 (15) 110 (269)
5 Gibbs, BrianBrian Gibbs 1962–1969 101 (259) 3 (9) 6 (16) 0 (0) 110 (284)
6 Lovell, SteveSteve Lovell 1986–1993 94 (233) 5 (10) 2 (17) 3 (15) 104 (275)
7 Richardson, DamienDamien Richardson 1972–1991 94 (323) 5 (14) 3 (20) 0 (0) 102 (357)
8 Price, KenKen Price 1976–1983 78 (255) 7 (21) 4 (18) 0 (0) 89 (194)
9 Morgan, ErnieErnie Morgan[D] 1953–1957 73 (155) 4 (8) 0 (0) 0 (0) 77 (163)
10 Westwood, DannyDanny Westwood 1975–1982 74 (211) 1 (12) 2 (12) 0 (3) 77 (238)
a. Includes Football League, Southern League and Kent League
b. Includes Football League Cup, Southern League Cup and Kent League Cup

International caps[edit]

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Andrew Crofts, the club's international caps record holder
Player Country Caps while at club Notes
Crofts, AndrewAndrew Crofts Wales Wales Wales 12 [35]
Cox, IanIan Cox Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 11 [30]
Jackson, SimeonSimeon Jackson Canada Canada Canada 10 [36]
Sidibe, MamadyMamady Sidibe Mali Mali Mali 7 [30]
Sancho, BrentBrent Sancho Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 6 [30]
Cascarino, TonyTony Cascarino Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 3 [30]
Daniel, RimmelRimmel Daniel Grenada Grenada Grenada 3 [37]
Cochrane, TerryTerry Cochrane Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 2 [30]
Richardson, DamienDamien Richardson Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 2 [30]
Brown, JasonJason Brown Wales Wales Wales 1 [38]
Fox, FreddieFreddie Fox (disputed)[E] England England England 1 [30]

Transfer fees[edit]

Record transfer fees paid[edit]

# Name Fee Paid to Date Notes
1 Asaba, CarlCarl Asaba £600,000 Reading 29 August 1998 [39]
2 Taylor, RobertRobert Taylor £500,000 Brentford 1 August 1998 [40]
3 Shaw, PaulPaul Shaw £450,000 Millwall 4 July 2000 [41]
4= King, MarlonMarlon King £250,000 Barnet 28 June 2000 [42]
4= Akinbiyi, AdeAde Akinbiyi £250,000 Norwich City 6 January 1997 [43]
4= Hope, ChrisChris Hope £250,000 Scunthorpe United 4 July 2000 [44]

Record transfer fees received[edit]

# Name Fee Received from Date Notes
1 Taylor, RobertRobert Taylor £1,500,000 Manchester City 29 November 1999 [40]
2 Akinbiyi, AdeAde Akinbiyi £1,200,000 Bristol City 1 June 1998 [43]
3 King, MarlonMarlon King £950,000 Nottingham Forest 27 November 2003 [45]
4 Corbett, JimmyJimmy Corbett £525,000 Blackburn Rovers 21 May 1998 [46]
5 Henderson, DariusDarius Henderson £450,000 Watford 4 August 2005 [47]

Some media sources claimed that the transfer fee paid by Southampton for Paulo Gazzaniga in 2012 was higher than that paid for Taylor, but the fee was not officially disclosed by either club.[48]

Managerial records[edit]

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William Ironside Groombridge, the club's first manager

Club records[edit]

Goals[edit]

Points[edit]

Matches[edit]

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The Gillingham team and officials pictured before the club's first ever Football League match in 1920

Firsts[edit]

Record wins[edit]

Record defeat[edit]

Attendances[edit]

Notes[edit]

A. ^ Promoted via the play-off system after finishing in third place.

B. ^ Promoted automatically by finishing in second place on both occasions.

C. ^ Promoted via the play-off system after finishing in fifth place.

D. ^ Cascarino is placed higher than Gibbs, and Morgan higher than Westwood, as they reached their goals totals in fewer matches.

E. ^ The history page on the official Gillingham F.C. website lists Fox as having gained his one England cap whilst with the club. Triggs (2001) repeats this claim but states elsewhere in the book that Fox was transferred from Gillingham to Millwall in April 1925, a month before his only England appearance. The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation lists him as a Millwall player at the time of the England match.

F. ^ This was the first match for the club's first team, but it was preceded by the first match for the club's reserve team, which occurred earlier on the same day.

References[edit]

General
  • Brown, Tony (2003). The Definitive Gillingham F.C.: A Complete Record. Soccerdata. ISBN 1-899468-20-X. 
  • Triggs, Roger (1984). Gillingham Football Club: A Chronology 1893–1984. Kent County Libraries. 
  • Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X. 
Specific
  1. ^ a b Triggs (1984), p8
  2. ^ Triggs (1984), p9
  3. ^ Triggs (1984), p10
  4. ^ Triggs (1984), p13
  5. ^ Triggs (1984), p19
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Gillingham". The Football Club History Database. Retrieved 17 September 2008. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Brown, p3
  8. ^ a b "Gillingham 2-2 AFC Wimbledon". BBC Sport. 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2013-08-15. 
  9. ^ "Gillingham 1-0 Shrewsbury". BBC Sport. 2009-05-23. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  10. ^ "Second time lucky for Gills". BBC Sport. 2000-05-28. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  11. ^ Brown, pp55, 56, 58
  12. ^ Brown, p109
  13. ^ Brown, pp83, 105
  14. ^ a b c Brown, p56
  15. ^ Brown, p58
  16. ^ a b c d e "New Brompton". The Football Club History Database. Retrieved 18 September 2008. 
  17. ^ a b Brown, p55
  18. ^ "Freeman Makes History". Gillingham F.C. 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  19. ^ "Andy's Colourful Career". Dover Athletic F.C. 2007-05-28. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Andy Hessenthaler in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 September 2008. 
  21. ^ Bradley, Andy (19 September 1987). "Extra Time". Gillingham F.C. Official Matchday Magazine. 
  22. ^ a b Brown, pp122–129.
  23. ^ "Paul Smith". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 September 2008. 
  24. ^ "Nicky Southall". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  25. ^ Brown, p83
  26. ^ Triggs (2001), p344
  27. ^ Triggs (2001), p226
  28. ^ Triggs (2001), p349
  29. ^ a b Triggs (1984), p16
  30. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Gillingham FC History (1893– )". Gillingham F.C. 2007-09-09. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  31. ^ Mark Mitchener (2004-02-25). "Hayter keeps feet on ground". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 September 2008. 
  32. ^ Triggs (1984), p28
  33. ^ "Gills Warrior makes history". Your Medway News. 2006-06-12. Retrieved 17 September 2008. 
  34. ^ "Trinidad & Tobago statistics". BBC. 2006-06-20. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  35. ^ "Crofts collects twelfth cap". Gillingham F.C. 2008-06-01. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  36. ^ "Simeon Jackson". National Football Teams. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  37. ^ "Rimmel in action for Grenada". Gillingham F.C. 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  38. ^ "Gills keeper seals Blackburn move". BBC Sport. 2006-06-26. Retrieved 17 September 2008. 
  39. ^ Triggs (2001), p45
  40. ^ a b Triggs (2001), p313
  41. ^ Triggs (2001), p288
  42. ^ Triggs (2001), p185
  43. ^ a b Triggs (2001), p41
  44. ^ Triggs (2001), p162
  45. ^ "Marlon King". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 September 2008. 
  46. ^ "Jim Corbett". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 September 2008. 
  47. ^ "Darius Henderson". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 September 2008. 
  48. ^ Miles, Greg (20 July 2012). "Gillingham’s Paulo Gazzaniga joins Southampton". Kent News. KOS Media. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  49. ^ a b Brown, p130
  50. ^ Barnes, Stuart (2007). News of the World Football Annual 2007–2008. Invincible Press. pp. p334. ISBN 0-00-725555-1. 
  51. ^ a b c Brown, p12
  52. ^ Brown, p34
  53. ^ Brown, p70
  54. ^ Brown, p.42