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Gillingham hosted their Family Fun Day at Priestfield on Bank Holiday Monday

Fans flocked to Priestfield on Monday for the club’s free Family Fun Day.

Supporters took the opportunity to meet their heroes, with the goalkeepers and striker Tom Eaves dealing with long queues throughout.

The queues to meet those players rivalled that of the ice cream truck.

Tom Eaves had a long queue for autographs and selfies for most of the day Picture: Matthew Walker
Tom Eaves had a long queue for autographs and selfies for most of the day Picture: Matthew Walker

Club captain Gabriel Zakuani, who is recovering from injury, enjoyed the occasion.

“(It was a) great fun day event,” he said on twitter.

“Just wanted to thank the fans for being behind us all season through the good and bad.”

Eaves, who his 22 goals throughout the season, was a popular draw for fans in what could have been his last official appearance for the club. He’s out of contract this summer and could move on.

Tom Eaves interview: “Whatever happens I will cherish these last two seasons."

Fellow player Bradley Garmston enjoyed the day, thanking fans for attending.

He tweeted: “It was a pleasure to meet so many of you and to discuss your thoughts on the season, the club and what the future holds. Have a great summer.”

Youngsters were also enjoying the various inflatables, along with activities such as 'beat the keeper' where goalie Tom Hadler got to face the fans.

There was also live music and a beer festival to keep the older fans entertained.

It's the second year the Open Day has returned to the club and it certainly proved popular, with estimates of around 2,000 people attending.

Simon Evans, whose kids got to meet some of the players, tweeted: "Many thanks for your time today my boys had a great time!

The Gills Independent Supporters’ Club also tweeted, saying: "A great day at the Gills family fun day. Thanks to the club for putting on the free event. The players and staff were friendly and approachable, with everyone having a great time. Up the Gills.

Fan and club media assistant Henry Collier tweeted: "Think it’s fair to say the Family Fun Day was a huge success! Big credit to all the staff behind the scenes who organised it, and all the players and coaches for being so approachable! Hard to fault today, a class end to the season."

The pitch was cleared after the event in preparation for Tuesday night's big game for the Girls Academy.

They play Newcastle United Women in the final of the National Youth League.

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