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PostSubject: The fourth side of the ground   Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:19 am

The main stand on the northern side of the pitch was demolished in 1999, along with a section of away terracing, to be replaced with a new state-of-the-art facility dubbed the Medway Stand, but the work was beset by problems. Due to serious delays with the building of the new stand, the club was forced to spend most of the subsequent season first with that side of the ground completely empty, then later with building work ongoing. Supporters were not able to sit in the new stand until the latter stages of the 1999–2000 season, and even then many of the facilities had not been finished.[17] The stand also caused severe financial problems for the club, as its facilities eventually cost significantly more than the original estimate.[21]

The fourth side of the ground was redeveloped in 2003 when the Town End terracing was removed and a temporary stand put in its place, named after the late football commentator and Gillingham supporter Brian Moore. It was hoped that work would begin on a permanent Brian Moore Stand in 2004,[17] but due to talk of relocating the club to a new ground and the club's current financial problems, this has been put on hold.[22]


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