Pre-season trip to Gillingham confirmed

West Ham United can confirm that we will face League One side Gillingham in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, July 29.

The match is a testimonial for Gillingham's former player and manager Andy Hessenthaler and will take place at their Priestfield stadium (kick-off at 3.00pm).

Hessenthaler, who made 360 appearances for the Gills, scoring 28 goals, recently signed a one-year contact extension at Barnet, who he originally joined in January. He has been a key player in Gillingham's fortunes since joining from Watford for £235,000 in August 1996, with the testimonial rewarding him for his 10 years of service both as a player and player-manager.

Following the club's promotion to what is now the Championship in 2000 Peter Taylor joined Leicester City and Hessenthaler was appointed Player-Manager. He led the Gills to their highest ever finish, 11th in Division One in 2002-03.

Tickets for the match will be on sale in advance - details to be announced here as soon as they are confirmed.