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📝 Away Day Guide: Gillingham

All you need to know ahead of Tuesday night's trip

22 August 2022

Club News

📝 Away Day Guide: Gillingham

All you need to know ahead of Tuesday night's trip

22 August 2022

Exeter City's attentions turn to the second round of the Carabao Cup and a trip to face Sky Bet League Two side Gillingham in a 7:45pm kick-off.

Making the trip? check out all you need to know in advance...


Tickets are now on sale directly, online only from Gillingham for Tuesday August 23's Carabao Cup second round tie at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

City fans are housed in the Gordon Road Stand at the stadium. E-Tickets can be purchased online right up until kick-off with their turnstile operators having scanners that will read an E-Ticket from either a printout or from the screen of a mobile device.

Please note that you have to register and set up an account and then when you book tickets you have to set a name against each ticket. The seats are allocated in the block so please do sit in your allocated seat.

Their system will cater for last minute sales, but we advise that all purchases are made well in advance to avoid any last-minute issues.

The only exception is for ambulant disabled/wheelchair users and PA (those that have Higher/Enhanced Rate DLA/PIP) whose E-Tickets must be purchased over the phone. The ticket office number for these purchases is 01634 300 000 (Monday to Friday 9-5).

Tickets for the match are priced at:

  • Adults: £10
  • Senior: £7
  • 18-21: £7
  • Under 18: £5
  • Under 14: free with a full paying adult

How to Buy

Tickets can be purchased online via Gillingham's ticket office by clicking here.

Please click here to view Gillingham's How to Buy guide.


The Stadium

  • Name: MEMS Priestfield Stadium
  • Capacity: 11,582
  • Year opened: 1893
  • Address: Redfern Avenue, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 4DD

The original home of New Brompton FC after their foundation in 1893, Priestfield was funded through 1,500 £1 shares. The ground has of course been through multiple face-lifts in its extensive history. By 1908, the official capacity increased to 800.


In 1948, 23,002 faces crammed into the stadium to watch the then non-league Gillingham’s FA Cup third round fixture against Queens Park Rangers. The ground was modernised in the late 90’s with a new Gordon Road Stand and the Rainham End terracing was replaced to make the ground all seater.

Although we’ve all been graced with the news of a fans return after December 6th, The Brian Moore Stand where away fans would usually be housed is not one of the most popular amongst travelling supporters. The “temporary” open top terrace is not the kindest place to be when the heavens open.

How to get there

By Road from the South:

Exit the M2 at junction 4 onto the A278. Follow signs for Gillingham driving over two roundabouts before taking the first exit off the third roundabout onto the A2. Continue until you come to the next roundabout (Premier Inn to your left) and take the third exit onto the A289. At the first roundabout take the first exit onto Cornwallis Avenue. Continue along Cornwallis Avenue over the traffic lights before turning right into Toronto Road. Take the second left off Toronto into Redfern Avenue, where you will see the Priestfield Stadium on your left.


By Train

The train from Exeter St David's to Gillingham takes around four hours and fifteen minutes and requires up to 3 changes. Gillingham railway station is a 10 minute walk from the football stadium.

Please click here to check the train times.

Grecian Travel

Grecian Travel departs Unit 1 in Exeter at 1pm at a cost of £42.

Other pick-up points include: Honiton Road park and ride (by Miller and Carter Steakhouse), junction 28 (Cullompton services), junction 27 (Tiverton), junction 25 (Taunton.) All other pick-ups by prior arrangement.

For more information or to book please contact John Bishop on 07904 036334 or by email at: (after 6pm).


This is restricted to roads surrounding the Stadium but visiting supporters should note that the following roads are restricted to permit holders only. A list of roads to avoid are as follows: Balmoral Road, Windsor Road, Ferndale Road, Linden Avenue, Priestfield Road, Gordon Road, Livingstone Road, Coulman Street, Beaconsfield Avenue, Harold Avenue, School Lane, Toronto Road, Redfern Avenue and parts of Sunnymead Avenue.

Traffic Wardens often undertake patrols on matchdays so it is strongly recommended you choose alternative parking areas. Suggested alternatives include: eastern end of Sunnymead Avenue, Chicago Avenue, Canadian Avenue, Valley Road, Sturdee Avenue, Woodlands Road, Carlton Avenue, Alexandra Avenue, Larkfield Avenue, Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue.

At the Stadium

Refreshments at the Ground

This is what you can expect to find in the kiosk at the ground:

  • Hot Dog - £3.50
  • Burger/cheeseburger - £3.80
  • Flavoured pies - £3.80
  • Pie and mash - £5.00
  • Chips - £2.00
  • Sausage roll - £3.00
  • Crisps - £1.50
  • Large sweet bags - £3.00
  • Chocolate bars - £1.00
  • Bottle of drink - £2.00
  • Capri-Sun - £1.50
  • Fruit Shoot - £1.50

Things to Do

Thinking of making a day of it? Check out the top ten rated things to do in Gillingham on Trip Advisor.

Pubs for Away Fans

Information taken from the Football Ground Guide.

The Fleur De Lis pub on Gillingham Road, which is around a ten minute walk away from the Priestfield Stadium, has been designated by the local Police as an away fans pub. This pub shows Sky & BT Sports, has hot and cold snacks and is family friendly.

To find this pub, then with away entrance behind you, walk down to the bottom of the street. Turn left and on reaching a roundabout (where the Livingstone Arms used to be and where there is a handy fish & chip shop) turn right onto Gillingham Road. The pub is up on the right.

Otherwise, the ground is walkable from the town centre, where there are a fair few pubs to be found. Paul Kelly a visiting Preston fan adds; ‘we have used the ‘Will Adams’ in the town centre. The pub is in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and does good cheap food. Plus a very friendly crowd of football locals happy to indulge in friendly banter – the landlord is a Gill fan too!’ Also located not far from the Will Adams on Skinner Street, is the small Past & Present micropub, which serves real ale and cider. Otherwise, alcohol is made available to away fans to buy inside the stadium.

The Weather

Another lovely evening is expected for the trip to Gillingham with temperatures of 22/23 expected around kick-off!


Total Distance

The journey from Exeter is roughly 210 miles and will take 4 hours and 15 minutes.


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