Club's matchday magazine claims runner-up prize in Programme Monthly & Football Collectable Awards
Gillingham Football Club's matchday programme has today claimed another prize, having been voted joint runner-up in the prestigious Programme Monthly & Football Collectable's Sky Bet League One Awards.
Despite being narrowly pipped by Bristol Rovers, a team of experts described the Gills' matchday magazine as offering "a great mix of reading in a very nicely laid-out programme".
In their review of the programme, the judges added that it is "excellently designed with plenty of reading tidily packed in.
"The visitors get seven pages, with in-depth player profiles and a super tactics page including a predicted line-up. Eddie Allcorn has a good two-page column with plenty to read; six pages are given over to the main player interview, while ‘Away Days Review’ is an excellent double-page spread with a fan’s account of a recent trip.
"There is [also] good coverage of the ladies and youth teams."
Nigel Clark's Past Programmes featured is singled out for particular praise, being described as the magazine's stand-out feature.
"Once again, it is an honour for Gillingham FC's programme to be recognised by a team of knowledgeable and passionate enthusiasts," said editor Nick Bull. "This, combined with the brilliant feedback we continue to get from supporters, makes the hard work worth it.
"Special thanks as ever go to designer Paul Turvey, as well as contributors Eddie Allcorn, Bryan Bull, Andy Bradley, Rehman Chishti MP, Nigel Clark, Julian Hart, Chris Lynham, Stuart Nelson, Mark Patterson, Rosie Paterson, John Seager and Chris Willis for their fantastic work.
"I think we've got the best team of writers across the division contributing to our programme, and it shows!"
This latest prize comes six weeks after the club's programme won two prizes in the Northern Programme Club's annual awards. In addition to claiming the League One's Best Design trophy, the Gills' matchday magazine was also voted runner-up in the division's overall category.