Gills praised by Sunderland fans

The Sunderland Echo have run a story with some of their fans who have praised the way Gills staff treated them at Priestfield.

In a piece printed by the Sunderland Echo, Val and Lee Richardson, who are both 88 years old, got tickets for the fixture while in London after visiting their son Paul.

After being told all of the disabled spaces in the Brian Moore Stand were sold out, the team at Priestfield allowed the couple to sit at the front of the Medway Stand alongside son Paul and his twin David.

Val and Lee are lifelong Sunderland supporters, and Paul was keen to thank everyone at their club for their generosity and customer care.

Speaking to the Sunderland Echo he said: “The staff at Gillingham treated us, and their assistance from the point of contact to getting my disabled parents into the ground and our allocated seats, was first class.

“They actually gave us additional front row seats to accommodate wheelchairs in the main stand as although we wished to be with Sunderland supporters the staff thought my parents would be more comfortable in the covered stand.

“Big clubs like Sunderland have always made an effort to look after their elderly supporters but it’s great to see clubs like Gillingham doing so too. It’s very refreshing."

If all clubs are as welcoming as Gillingham then I hope our family may yet get to another away match in this division.”

Gillingham FC would like to thank Val, Lee, Paul and David for taking time out to share their experience at Priestfield. We are delighted they enjoyed their stay and we wish them well for the future.