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ABOUT THE GISC

Gills Independent Supporters Club is a non-profit making, voluntary organisation, whose purpose is to represent Gillingham FC supporters in dealings with the club, and to provide a 'family based' organisation dedicated to giving Gillingham FC supporters, friendly, safe and cheaper away travel and social events.

The Executive Committee meet every two months to discuss ways of moving the GISC forward, making membership value for money and raising funds for the Football Club.

The Gills Independent Supporters Club was formed in 1994, as the product of amalgamation between the Gillingham F.C. Blues Supporters Association, Gills Social Club and Gills Travel Club.

Former Gills chairman Bernard Baker and general manager Bill Williams were instrumental in getting all the parties around the same table. 

Neil Klee is now chairman, and the committee meets for regular meetings and invites members to an AGM every year, which takes place prior to the first league game of each season.

When Gillingham F.C. went into receivership in 1995, the Gills Supporters Club, as we were then called, called a public meeting at the Priestfield Stadium to rally support and keep the Gills alive.

Alan Liptrott and Mick Everitt hand over a cheque in 1995 (above).

 

Fundraising activities were arranged with thousands of pounds raised to keep the Gills in business. The Gills did survive thanks to businessman Paul Scally buying the club from ex owner Tony Smith.

 

The day Paul Scally took control the GISC handed over five thousand pounds to Stevenage for Leo Fortune-West (below). Leo went onto be top scorer for Gillingham as they gained promotion to Division Two in the 1995-96 season.

Gills benefactor, Tony Smith, is the GISC President and is very interested in all our activities. We organise away travel to all Gills matches, sell past programs and memorabilia, as well as maintaining a website, Facebook and Twitter pages for Gills fans all over the world.

 

The Previous Gills Supporters Club badge

In July 2001 the membership of the Gills Supporters Club voted to change the name to "The Gills Independent Supporters Club." This was to prevent fans getting confused between this club and the then official Priestfield club.

 

At an executive committee meeting on Thursday 30th September 2001, it was decided that the GSC will be known as the Gillingham Independent Supporters Club from then on.

 

Since 2001 the GISC have tried to forge links with the parent club, but despite renewed attempts this has largely proved unfruitful, but thankfully the relationship is now improving.

 

Following negotiations with the club now sponsor players from both the male and female Gillingham sides. This season we are delighted to be the official sponsor for Dean Parrett.

 

We are now concentrating on away travel, running social events for our members and of course trying to forge links which will allow us to help Gillingham FC.

 

Why not join the GISC today?

  • Who can join the GISC?
     

    • Anyone is welcome become a member of the Gills Independent Supporters Club. To join visit the membership page.
       

  • What benefits do I receive from joining the GISC?
     

    • By joining the GISC you will receive a number of exclusive benefits. These include a free 125th Anniversary pin badge, discounted away travel, free membership to the Football Supporters Federation, free entry to the Brasenose Club (located in Nelson Road, Gillingham) before and after every home game access to GISC social events. Full details can be viewed here.
       

  • How can I pay for GISC membership?
     

    • Membership can be paid online using our secure server in partnership with PayPal, or by including a cheque with your completed membership form in the post. For full details please visit the membership page.
       

  • Can I travel to away games on the GISC coach?
     

    • Members and non-members are very welcome to book onto the GISC coach to away games. Members receive a £1 discount per game on away travel. For further details please see the Away Travel page.
       

  • Can I take alcohol, food and drink onto the GISC coach to an away game?
     

    • You are more than welcome to bring your own food and soft drink onto the coach. Alcohol is banned by law on all supporters coaches. Anyone found with it will be ask to dispose of it and be banned from future away games on all Gills coach services.
       

  • Who can attend the GISC quiz night?
     

    • The GISC quiz night takes place on the third monday of each month, starting at 8.00pm in the Brasenose Club, Nelson Road, Gillingham. Both members and non-members are very welcome to attend. The cost is £2 per player with teams of up to 6 players allowed. All profit made goes towards the GISC Away Travel coach operation. Further details can be viewed here.
       

  • Do you run end of season events?
     

    • In previous seasons we have run the Gills Legends Evening, which has seen a number of previous Gillingham players return to for an evening of nostalgia, as well as the announcement of the GISC player of the season awards. Members will be notified of events via email / post.
       

  • Can I vote in the Player of the Season awards?
     

    • Only GISC members can vote in the end of season awards. The GISC Player of the Year award is the original award which has been given to the likes of Steve Bruce, Tony Cascarino and Bob Taylor. It is strictly one vote per member. We present the Player of the Year, Mark Agate Young Player of the Year, Away Player of the Year and Supporter of the Year awards.
       

  • Can I purchase Gills merchandise from you?
     

    • We have two garages full of old Gillingham programmes which supporters can purchase - visit our programme site for all the information. For Gillingham FC related merchandise you will need to visit the club and the Megastore.
       

  • Can I join the GISC Executive Committee?
     

    • We are always looking for new committee members. We meet once every 6 weeks to keep the GISC running smoothly. If you are interested please contact us on info@GillsISC.co.uk.
       

  • Can I advertise my business or an event on the Gills Independent Supporters Club website?
     

    • Our site is popular among supporters of the Gills because of the away travel facilities, our discussion and News publications. We would be happy to include your business advert on our site for a small fee, which of course would be tax deductible. Please contact us for details.

The fund raising to keep the Gills alive was well worth it, as the following season the Gills, led by Tony Pulis, went onto gain promotion from the bottom division.

The video below tells the incredible story.

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