Despite winning just three of their last ten games of last season, Gillingham look forward to life in League One, having won half of all their fixtures last season.
The Gills promotion means Leyton Orient visit 11,582 capacity Priestfield stadium for the first time in three years; their last game at the Kent-based club was a league fixture in 2010, where the O’s were held to a 1-1 draw by Gillingham.
Opened in 1893, Priestfield has been the home of Gillingham Football Club for 120 years and is made up of four stands, one of which was named in honour of Brian Moore, a popular commentator who was a lifelong Gillingham fanatic.
This stand houses the 3,400 seats allocated to away supporters, and the ground has an overall pitch size of 114 x 75 yards.
Priestfield is accessible by car and by train; trains from London Victoria, Kings Cross, Waterloo, and Stratford International serve Gillingham Station, which is approximately a ten minute walk away from the ground.
By Car, the journey time is approximately an hour and thirteen minutes, requiring you to exit at the fourth junction of the M62 and take the A278 towards Gillingham.
The New York Stadium
Rotherham emerged victorious in 24 of their 46 games last season, enabling them to finish just four points behind champions Gillingham. Fourteen of their 24 victories were achieved at their home ground, the New York Stadium.
The New York Stadium has opened last year, and has the ability to seat 12,000 fans, accommodating 2,500 away fans, and a pitch size of 110 x 72 yards.
The Ground was not initially Rotherham’s first home, as they used to play their home games at Millmoor, a ground where they played for 101 years, before they moved temporarily into the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield.
Rotherham’s promotion enables the O’s to experience the atmosphere and test the pitch of the New York stadium for the first time ever, as the O’s last played Rotherham in 2006 while the Millers still occupied Millmoor.
The ground is located near the town centre. Exit at junction 33 or junction 35 of the M1 and follow the A630 or the A629 into the town centre, At the Masbrough roundabout take Main Street toward the town centre (Westgate) and turn right into Don Street.
If you’re going by train, Rotherham Central station is 5-10 minutes walk away from the ground.
Stoke-based outfit Port Vale have secured promotion to League One after a season consisting of 21 wins, fifteen draws and ten losses, with ten of their victories coming at home, alongside six of their losses.
It was during the 2007-08 season that Port Vale last hosted the O’s in a league match that Port Vale won 2-1.
Russell Slade’s side now face a trip back to Vale Park with an opportunity to take revenge for the latest defeat to them, and will be playing on a slightly smaller pitch size of 114 x 77 yards.
Vale Park stadium was initially constructed in the 1950’s, but due to recently concluded renovation work, the Railway Stand remains the only stand to completely remain since its construction.
The stadium capacity is 18,947, with 4,500 away fans able to be accommodated in the Phones4U stand.
Situated approximately 170 miles away, Vale Park is around three hours and twenty minutes drive away from Brisbane Road, and Burslem Town, where the stadium is situated, is accessible from the M6.
By Railway, it is more advisable to take a taxi four miles to the ground from Stoke-on-Trent station, as the nearest station, Longport, which lies 30 minutes away from the ground, is not served by trains regularly.