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Going Away - Gillingham

2 April 2014

Where to park and what to do...

Where is it?
Gillingham is in Kent in the south east of England, around 30 miles south east of London.

How do I get there?
Take the M1 south bound from Rotherham all the way down to London and the junction with the M25. Take the M25 anti-clockwise until junction 33, where you should continue straight ahead on the A282 through the Dartford Tunnel. Continue on the A282 until you reach junction 2, and join the A2 west bound towards Gillingham. Just before you reach the M2, follow signs for the A289 to Gillingham. Continue along this road until you reach the roundabout, where you should take the second exit and then the first exit at the next two roundabouts. Go through the Medway Tunnel and continue on Pier Road until the next roundabout where you should take the third exit on to Church Street. Continue along this road (it becomes Ingram Road) until Linden Road on your left hand side. The ground is at the end of this road.

It is not recommended to travel by train, since the journey would take a minimum of four legs from Rotherham Central. However, you could get a train from Rotherham Central to Sheffield, followed by a train from there to London St Pancras, followed by a train from there to Strood. From Strood you would have to get a bus to Gillingham Station.

Where do I park?
There is street parking available but do not park on the streets too close to the ground as this is residents only parking. There is a cheap pay and display car park on Railway Street, close to the station.

What is there to do?
Gillingham’s main attraction is the Royal Engineers Museum but has a number of nice parks worth visiting if the weather is good, including Riverside County Park and Capstone Farm Country Park.

Who should I look out for?
Probably Gillingham’s most well-known asset is giant striker Adebayo Akinfenwa, although the Gills have other goal threats in Danny Kedwell and Cody McDonald, their top scorer so far this term.

Who will I recognise on the pitch?
The Gills do not have any former Millers in their squad.

Who will I recognise in the stand?
Probably the Gills’ most famous living fan is TV Presenter Kate Garraway, best known for presenting GMTV and Daybreak on ITV. It was announced that she will host ITV’s forthcoming morning show Good Morning Britain, which will begin later this year.

What happened last time we were there?
In a hotly-contested game at the Priestfield last Easter Monday, the Millers went down 1-0 to former striker Deon Burton’s first-half strike. The win took Gillingam a step closer to promotion, but didn’t deter the Millers in their own promotion push, and the sides would finish as the top two in last season’s League Two.

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