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Gillingham F.C. is an English professional football club based in the
town of Gillingham, Kent. The only Kent-based club in the Football
League, they play their home matches at the Priestfield Stadium. In the
2008–09 season, the club was promoted to Football League One after
victory over Shrewsbury Town in the League Two play-off final; however,
they were relegated back into the basement division the following
season. The club was founded in 1893 and joined the Football League in
1920. They were voted out of the league in favour of Ipswich Town at
the end of the 1937–38 season, but returned to it 12 years later after
it was expanded from 88 to 92 clubs. Twice in the late 1980s they came
close to winning promotion to the second tier of English football, but
a decline then set in and in 1993 they narrowly avoided relegation to
the Football Conference. Between 2000 and 2005, Gillingham were in the
second tier of the English football league system for the only time in
their history, achieving a club record highest league finish of
eleventh place in 2002–03. (more...)
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