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2020-21 Div 1
Position 10th (out of 24)
After the previous season finished abruptly due to the Covid Pandemic there were hopes that things would get back to normal by the start of 2020-21. However it wasn't to be as a second wave of the virus in the autumn proved to be worse than the first. The season did start in September but sadly apart from one game at Cambridge in November no fans were allowed to attend any of the matches. Despite all this and the loss in the close season of captain Max Ehmer and Brandon Hanlon to Bristol Rovers it proved to be a decent campaign. Kyle Dempsey, Jordan Graham, Vadaine Oliver and Ryan Jackson were all signed permanently while youngsters Zech Medley and Trae Coyle came in on loan from Arsenal. It wasn't the best of starts though as injuries to Stuart O'Keefe and Kyle Dempsey upset the balance of the midfield and in October they suffered 5 defeats in a row without scoring a goal. Things improved after that though and from mid-January onwards they achieved some impressive results - especially away from home. Sitting in 6th place at the end of March a place in the play offs beckoned but 9 points from the last 7 games wasn't quite enough and in the end they had to settle for 10th place. With 20 goals in all competitions Vadaine Oliver finished the season as leading scorer.
2021-22 Div 1
Position 21st (out of 24)
After no fans were allowed for the entire 2020-21 season it was a great relief when the gates were finally opened for the first home game of the season against Lincoln. However any enthusiasm very quickly disappeared as it soon became obvious that the season was going to be something of a struggle. Bad player recruitment in the summer and a long injury list didn't help and Manager Steve Evans left the club after a 4-0 home defeat to Ipswich in early January. Steve Lovell stood in as caretaker for 4 games but results didn't improve and a 7-2 home defeat to Oxford at the end of January meant the Gills were now 10 points from safety.
By now most if not all Gills fans had accepted that relegation was a certainty. However Neil Harris was unveiled as the new man in charge on the following Monday and slowly results began to improve. Scoring goals was still a problem though and important home points were dropped against relegation rivals Wimbledon and Fleetwood as both games finished 0-0. Despite this a point in the last game of the season would still have been enough to avoid the drop but unfortunately the opponents were 2nd placed Rotherham who needed a win to ensure promotion which they duly managed by 2 goals to nil - a result which meant Gills were relegated on goal difference along with Wimbledon, Doncaster and Crewe.
All sorts of unwanted records were set during the season -
The worst ever home League defeat (2-7 to Oxford)
The lowest number of goals scored in a season (35)
The lowest number of goals scored at home in a season (13)
The fewest number of home wins in a season (4)
The fewest number of points at home (4 wins 8 draws)
The longest run of games without a win (17) since joining the Football League
2022-23 Div 2
Position 17th (out of 24)
After relegation any hopes that season 2022-23 would be an improvement on the previous one were soon dashed. Despite winning the opening home game against Rochdale it soon became fairly obvious that scoring goals was going to be an issue and after 23 games the club was rock bottom of the football league with just 2 wins, 7 goals and 7 points from safety. The attendance for the Dagenham home FA Cup replay attracted an attendance of just 1533 which was the lowest for an FA Cup game since joining the football league in 1920. In fact the calendar year 2022 was the worst in the clubs history - 7 wins and just 23 goals from 46 league games. However there were 2 highlights. In November Premier side Brentford were beaten on their own ground on penalties in the League Cup 3rd Round and the following month on the 23rd December the club announced that the new owners were American couple Brad and Shannon Galinson. Money was quickly made available and in the January transfer window several new players were signed - Tom Nicholls from Crawley, Olly Hawkins and George Lapslie from Mansfield, Timothee Dieng from Exeter and Connor Masterson on loan from QPR. Results improved immediately and league safety was assured with 3 games to go after beating the league champions Leyton Orient 2-0 at Priestfield. The mood around the club changed completely - Average attendance before takeover was 4,500 while for the second half of the season it was 6,500. (14 points from the first 23 games 41 points from the last 23). Despite this the number of goals scored (36) was the 2nd lowest in the club’s history. Tom Nicholls was the leading scorer with just 5 goals while 39 year old goalkeeper Glenn Morris was voted the Player of Year.