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1900-01 Southern Lge Div 1
Position 12th (out of 16)

Only 3 points from 14 away games meant the team would finish the season near the bottom of the table. Jack Frettingham with 13 league goals to his name was the clubs leading scorer yet again.

Season 1900-01 results

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Jack Frettingham

1901-02 Southern Lge Div 1
Position 10th (out of 16)

Alf Milward the former Everton and England international was the star signing in the summer but it was Jack Frettingham who finished the season as top goalscorer for the 5th season in a row. And it was his goals that helped the Gills to a comfortable mid-table position in the table.

Season 1901-02 results

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Alf Milward

1902-03 Southern Lge Div 1
Position 6th (out of 16)

Joe Lofthouse the ex England international and Blackburn player became the teams new trainer at the start of the 1902-03 season and he certainly made a difference as the club achieved its highest ever position in the Southern League. They also made it through 4 qualifying rounds of the FA Cup before losing to Glossop.

Season 1902-03 results

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Joe Lofthouse

1903-04 Southern Lge Div 1
Position 16th (out of 18)

New Trainer George Craddock joined from Grimsby but there was a dramatic downturn in form after the previous season. By January the team were occupying last place and it took a good run from then on just to ensure they finished just outside the bottom two.

Season 1903-04 results

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George Craddock

1904-05 Southern Lge Div 1
Position 9th (out of 18)

A decent season saw the team finish in mid-table although they did fade after a fairly good start. From January onwards the attack only managed 7 goals from 13 games. In February a motion to change the name from New Brompton to Gillingham was defeated by 5 votes to 3. Goalkeeper and club captain Fred Griffiths was one of three players to appear in every game.

Season 1904-05 results

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Fred Griffiths

1905-06 Southern Lge Div 1
Position 17th (out of 18)

This was to be the clubs worst season since joining the Southern League 10 years earlier. Scoring goals was proving to be a problem yet again and they only managed a paltry 10 goals at Priestfield all season.

Season 1905-06 results

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Fred Maven

1906-07 Southern Lge Div 1
Position 16th (out of 20)

Ex Aston Villa and England International Steve Smith was appointed player-manager half way through the season (he originally joined as a player in May 1906) and a decent end to the campaign ensured the team would finish well clear of the bottom two.

Season 1906-07 results

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Steve Smith

1907-08 Southern Lge Div 1
Position 20th (out of 20)

As far the league went it was a season to forget for the Gills as they finished bottom of the league for the first time since the clubs formation. However the FA Cup was a different matter altogether. A 6-0 win over Shepherds Bush saw them drawn against the mighty Sunderland and they caused the shock of the round by beating the 1st Division side 3-1 at home in front of over 10,000 - Charlie McGibbon scoring a hat-trick. They then drew 1-1 at Manchester City before losing 2-1 at home in the replay with McGibbon again scoring both goals.

Season 1907-08 results

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Charlie McGibbon

1908-09 Southern Lge Div 1
Position 7th (out of 21)

A good start to the season and an excellent finish saw the club end up in 7th place. However after the FA Cup expolits of the previous season it was a huge disappointment to lose in the qualifying round to Hastings and St Leonards. Alf Whyman ended the season as top scorer with 8 goals.

Season 1908-09 results

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Alf Whyman

1909-10 Southern Lge Div 1
Position 12th (out of 22)

There was rather a big turnover of players during the close season and by October it looked as though the club had bought well as the team sat proudly on top of the Southern League. But a 7-1 defeat at Northampton brought everybody back down to earth and they eventually finished in mid-table. Scoring goals wasn’t a problem though and Albert Court ended the campaign with a new club record of 25.

Season 1909-10 results

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Albert Court

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