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My home overlooks my team's football ground but I've shunned club after row with owner got me arrested & banned for LIFE | The Sun
July 23, 2023
FORMER Gillingham FC fan Malcolm Scott thought he had found his dream home when he purchased a terraced house overlooking Priestfield Stadium.
It allowed him to watch every match from the comfort of his loft conversion.
But years later he was not only banned from attending games, he was also arrested following a bitter falling out with the club’s owner Paul Scally.
At the centre of the dispute was the decision to erect the huge new Medway stand that blocked his view of the pitch, and led to a long-running battle over planning permission.
For Malcolm, the conflict got so ugly that he stopped supporting his beloved Gills and has taken up gardening instead.
Pensioner Malcolm, 90, told The Sun – who visited as part of our summer series, Life's a Pitch, which looks at life next to Britain's weirdest and most wonderful stadiums: “I moved here 54 years ago because I wanted to go to the games.
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"My wife was less keen and kept asking to move, but I refused because I fell in love with the area.
“One of the best things was that we could see the pitch from the top room in the loft conversion.
“My grandson would come round and sit on the roof to watch the games on the weekends.
“The view was fantastic and you could see everything – until they built the new stand.
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