1986–87 Gillingham F.C. season

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1986–87 season
Chairman Roy Wood
Manager Keith Peacock
Football League Third Division 5th
FA Cup Third Round
League Cup Second Round
Associate Members' Cup Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League: Tony Cascarino
Dave Shearer (16 each)

All: Tony Cascarino (32)
Highest home attendance 16,775 vs Swindon Town (22 May 1987)
Lowest home attendance 1,984 vs Colchester United (26 January 1987)

The 1986–87 season was the fifty-fifth season in which football club Gillingham competed in the Football League, and the thirty-seventh since the club's return to the League in 1950.


Gillingham finished the season in fifth place in the Football League Third Division, thus qualifying for the play-offs in the first year in which they were contested. After beating Sunderland in the semi-finals, the Gills faced long-time rivals Swindon Town in the final. The two teams drew 2–2 on aggregate in the final, necessitating a play-off at a neutral venue, which Swindon won 2–0 to claim a place in the Second Division.[1] Gillingham also reached the third round of the FA Cup and the semi-finals of the Associate Members' Cup.[1]


  1. ^ a b Brown, Tony (2003). The Definitive Gillingham F.C.: A Complete Record. Soccerdata. p. 96. ISBN 1-899468-20-X.