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Focus On: Gillingham

16 June 2016

The Gills just missed out on the Play-Offs last term

Name: Gillingham Football Club
Founded: 1893
Stadium: Priestfield
Capacity: 11, 582
Manager: Justin Edinburgh
Last season: Ninth in League One

Gillingham’s Priestfield home will host League One football for a third successive season come the start of August.

The Gills finished ninth last term, just outside the Play-Offs, under the management of Justin Edinburgh, and they will be hopeful of mounting a challenge on promotion from the third-tier next term.

Edinburgh took over the managerial job at Gillingham in February 2015, after a compensation package was agreed between the Gills and Newport County.

As a player, Edinburgh started out his professional stay in the game with Southend United in in 1988 – spending two-years in Essex, before sealing a move to Tottenham Hotspur in 1990, having initially spent time on loan at White Hart Lane.

The Basildon-native would subsequently go onto spend a decade in the Lilywhite half of North London. Edinburgh made 215 appearances during a fruitful spell at Spurs.

Edinburgh left the capital, and Tottenham behind in March 2000 – in favour of a move to the south-coast with Portsmouth.

He became the player-manager of Billericay Town in 2003, spending three-years in the hot-seat back in his home county of Essex.

Brief stays in the dugouts at fellow non-league sides, Fisher Athletic and Grays Athletic followed for the young manager, before becoming the first-team manager at Rushden and Diamonds in February 2009, after a short spell as assistant manager to Garry Hill.

His time at Rushden and Diamonds was plagued by financial woes at the club, and after 116 games in charge, Edinburgh’s time at the Diamonds was brought to a premature end, when the side were wound-up in July 2011.

Edinburgh’s next job would take him to South Wales, as he was appointed as the manager at Newport in October 2011, with the Exiles struggling at the foot of the Conference standings

He guided the Rodney Parade outfit to promotion to the Football League via the Play-Offs in 2013, as Newport beat Wrexham in an all Welsh final at Wembley.

In February 2015, Edinburgh departed Newport to become the manager at Gillingham, leading them to just outside the Play-Offs last season.

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