Published: 00:00, 12 August 2018
| Updated: 09:21, 12 August 2018
Chairman Paul Scally thanked the Gillingham fans for their efforts in making Saturday a day to remember.
The Gills were playing in a special 125th year anniversary kit, a black and white striped shirt modelled on the one worn by the club’s founders New Brompton back in 1893.
As a thankyou to those fans in attendance, the club produced commemorative certificates that were handed out to fans upon arrival at the Medway Priestfield Stadium.
Speaking after the game, in an address to the supporters on the club's website, Mr Scally said: “You came in incredible numbers, you didn’t stop singing from start to finish and if that continues then I think we are in for a good season.”
Gillingham’s players played their part too, coming from behind to beat Burton Albion 3-1.
“It was a highly impressive performance,” said the chairman.
“Every single member of the team put in a fantastic shift and it was a great tribute to our forefathers of 125 years ago.
“It was pleasing to see so many people in our black and white anniversary shirts and we couldn’t have asked for a better opening to our 2018/19 campaign with a win at Priestfield in difficult conditions, considering the tropical storm that we had yesterday which made the surface very wet.”
Had there been any more rain on Saturday then the game could have been postponed.
“We owe a great deal of gratitude to John (Plummer) and the ground staff who have worked tremendously hard to get the game on,” the chairman added.