GILLINGHAM


About 95 miles from Stadium MK it is the 11,582 all seater Medway Priestfield Stadium (Sat Nav – ME7 4DD).


Away fans are housed on one side of the Brian Moore Stand (on the Medway Stand side) where around 1,500 supporters can be accommodated. The stand is of the temporary variety i.e. the type that you would see around the 18th hole at the British Open Golf Championship, although it is of a good size and height (you can get some great views of the surrounding area at the very top of it), plus the views of the playing action are fine. Unlike most temporary stands though the facilities are surprisingly good, being of a permanent nature behind the structure. However, it is uncovered, so although the Club hand out free rain macs if it rains, still be prepared to get wet!


The absence of a roof also dampens the atmosphere somewhat, even considering that the end is shared with home fans. However, supporters in this area do try to make some noise by stamping on the metal rows of the stand. One unusual aspect of visiting Priestfield Stadium is that away fans must walk down a very narrow terraced street to reach the away entrance, or if coming from adjacent streets down very tight alley ways. However, there is never normally any problems with this although after the game the Police sometimes close off some of the surrounding streets to keep fans apart. Saying all that we have been moved at late notice to another stand undercover, so I guess we will find out when we get there.


The Fleur De Lys pub on Gillingham Road, which is around a ten-minute walk away from the stadium, has been designated by the local Police as an away fan’s pub, this pub shows BT Sports, has hot and cold snacks and is family friendly.


Parking is street parking only, but beware there are Resident Only schemes in place, and you will be ticketed and even towed away if you violate the rules.


If you are going by train, it is just a ten-minute walk to the ground and is served by London Victoria, Charing Cross, St Pancras and Stratford International.