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AWAY DAY GUIDE: GILLINGHAM v CITY

16 December 2023

Fixture News

AWAY DAY GUIDE: GILLINGHAM v CITY

16 December 2023

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The Bantams are back on the road for the penultimate time before Christmas, as Graham Alexander’s side look to stretch their unbeaten run against Gillingham at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

We have compiled a handy Away Day Guide - packed full of useful information ahead of this afternoon's contest.

TICKETS

Supporters are able to purchase tickets for this afternoon's game right up until kick-off, via Gillingham's official platform, by CLICKING HERE

Please be advised that only uncovered seating is available, with no cash or in-person sales available. 

Close to 350 Bantams are set to make the trip to Kent. 

Supporters who have purchased tickets but not collected from the University of Bradford Stadium will also be able to pick up from Gillingham.

STADIUM ADDRESS:

Gillingham Football Club

MEMS Priestfield Stadium

Redfern Avenue

Gillingham 

Kent

ME7 2PE

ABOUT THE GROUND:

The Gills play at the same stadium as they did when they were founded, but it saw significant redevelopment in the early 2000s, where the capacity reduced from 20,000 to 11,500.

The Medway Stand is a two-tiered structure which houses the changing rooms, club offices and club shop.

Opposite is the temporary Brian Moore Stand, which is where the travelling City supporters will be housed.

ABOUT THE OPPOSITION

Currently in Sky Bet League Two, the Gills are sat in eighth, but are level on points with Wimbledon, who are occupying the final play-off spot.

The Kent outfit started the campaign strongly, with seven wins in their first nine outings, but have since drifted away from the summit of the division.

Under the stewardship of former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Stephen Clemence, Gillingham will hope to improve on last season’s return to the fourth tier where they finished 17th.

CAR PARKING

There is no parking available around Priestfield Stadium itself, so you may have to drive slightly further away from the ground.

Croneens Yard Car Park is just a five-minute walk from the stadium and costs £2.50, which is the cheapest option.

Gillingham recommends parking at Woodlands Primary School, which is also a five-minute walk, and costs £3, but only houses 100 cars.

If free street parking is your preferred choice, then there is availability on Larkfield Avenue, however, please be advised that cars are left at your own risk.

ENTERTAINMENT AND REFRESHMENTS

To drink:

The nearest away-friendly pub is the Livingstone Arms, on Gillingham Road. About 100 yards from the visitors’ turnstiles, the pub offers a warm friendly atmosphere, with complimentary bar snacks.

The town centre is a comfortable walk from the ground and has several recommended pubs.

The Southern Belle, on the High Street, has also received positive reports. It is opposite Gillingham’s railway station, shows Sky Sports and TNT Sports, and admits away supporters.

To eat: 

Traditional matchday food items such as pies and burgers can be purchased inside the away concourse.

Gillingham’s town centre, which has various popular fast-food outlets such as KFC, is only 10 minutes from the stadium.

On the High Street, there is also a Beefeater restaurant, which serves typical British pub food.

GETTING THERE

By car:

Exit the A2 at junction 1, joining the A289. After three miles, take the second exit at the roundabout, following signs for the Medway Tunnel.

Take the first exit at the next two roundabouts, and follow the A289 and take the third exit at the final roundabout. 

Drive up the hill, over a level crossing and take the second left into Linden Drive, where the ground is on the right.

By train: 

Gillingham (Kent) railway station is a 10-minute walk from the ground. 

On exiting the station, turn left and proceed as far as the crossroads. Go straight on into Priestfield Road, where the away turnstiles are located. 

PYROTECHNICS AND BEHAVIOUR

The club would like to remind supporters the possession or use of pyrotechnics inside a football ground is strictly prohibited. Those found to be carrying or using pyrotechnics will face a long-term ban.

We would like to remind supporters it is a criminal offence to enter the pitch at any time. Anyone who does so without permission can expect to face prosecution.

The club outlined its stance on pyrotechnics last season, following incident during our home match against Newport County, and away match at Crewe Alexandra. These statements can be read HERE and HERE

The club would also like to take the opportunity to remind supporters of the zero-tolerance approach towards missile throwing, after an incident in City's home match against Harrogate Town in the Emirates FA Cup last season. 

Bradford City AFC would like to remind supporters that the strongest condemnation is employed towards anti-social behaviour, crowd disorder and misconduct, and illegal activity inside football stadia. 

Our stance on the above will ensure the strongest-possible action continues to be taken against those found guilty of any offence, including the issuing of Football Banning Orders. 

The club reiterated its stance on this following an incident at our recent Bristol Street Motors Trophy game against Manchester City Under-21s. CLICK HERE to read the statement.  

This follows the implementation of the 'Love Football, Protect the Game' initiative reinforced last season, by the EFL, FA and Premier League. For full details, please CLICK HERE

WEATHER

Travelling Bantams should prepare for sunny intervals and a gentle breeze in Kent, as forecasts suggest highs of 11°C. 


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