Gillingham’s Checkatrade Trophy tie against Tottenham Hotspur Under-21s is expected to be moved from the club’s Priestfield Stadium to The Valley, home of Sky Bet League One rivals Charlton Athletic according to reports by Kent Online.

The Gills are currently undergoing some emergency pitch repair work at The Priestfield Stadium with the current surface deemed to be unsafe by club officials.

Gillingham are scheduled to host Tottenham Hotspur Under-21s in a group stage match in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday 9 October and it has been revealed that the club have considered alternative venues for the fixture with the game now set to be staged at Charlton Athletic’s home of The Valley.

The playing surface at Priestfield has been removed and the replacement ‘hybrid’ surface is expected to be ready for the club’s home fixture against Southend United in Sky Bet League One on Saturday 13 October. It is thought that the pitch repair work has cost The Gills around £450,000.

Gillingham are said to have made an approach to the English Football League to switch the fixture against Tottenham Hotspur to The Valley and are awaiting the league governing body’s approval. Under competition rules, all Category One academy sides in this season’s competition must play group fixtures away from home meaning that a switch to Spurs’ chosen ‘home’ venue would not be permitted.


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