News relevant to the club on this day

Richard Day looks back at news relevant to Gillingham FC on this day in history, games, players, debuts etc... FIXTURES...

1950 - Bournemouth 3-1 Gillingham     D3S    Att: 16,070
Bobby Veck scored the consolation at Dean Court

1952 - Newport Co. 1-2 Gillingham       D3S     Att: 11,711
The Gills triumphed thanks to goals from Jimmy Scarth and Ken Lambert

1958 - Gillingham 1-2 Millwall                D4      Att: 9,147
A David Laing goal couldn't prevent a home defeat

1961 - Crewe Alex. 5-2 Gillingham        D4       Att: 6,637
The Gills came off the rails despite goals from Gordon Pulley and Peter Godfrey

1969 - Fulham 2-1 Gillingham                 D3       Att: 8,648
Mel Machin found the net at Craven Cottage

1972 - Luton T 7-0 Gills Res                      MWFL

1975 - Gillingham 3-0 Grimsby T            D3       Att: 4,811
A double from youngster Mark Weatherly plus a penalty from Damien Richardson saw the Gills win comfortably

1980 - Gillingham 1-1 Barnsley                D3       Att: 5,222
Peter Henderson was on target at Priestfield

1986 - Newport Co. 1-2 Gillingham         D3      Att: 2,533
Mark Weatherly and Dave Shearer both netted at Somerton Park

1988 - Gills XI 2-5 Tottenham H XI           Fr
Jason Lillis (above) scored both Gills goals in a 'behind closed doors' game played at Sittingbourne FC

1994 - Reading 3-0 Gillingham                  LC1 2L  Att: 3,436
The Royals completed a 4-0 aggregate win

1995 - Bristol Rov. 4-2 Gillingham            LC1 2L  Att: 3,601
Goals from Dennis Bailey and Leo Fortune-West couldn't prevent a 5-3 aggregate defeat

1997 - Gillingham 2-1 Walsall                    D2        Att: 5,081
Paul Smith and Ade Akinbiyi grabbed the goals to beat the Saddlers

2003 - Bradford City 0-1 Gillingham         D1       Att: 10,317
Chris Hope scored the late winner at Valley Parade

2005 - Gillingham 1-0 Oxford United       LC1      Att: 4,149
The only goal of the game came from Matty Jarvis seven minutes from time

2008 - Darlington 1-2 Gillingham             L2        Att: 2,831
Simeon Jackson and Garry Richards, a last minute winner, earned the points at the Darlington Arena


1952Ken Lambert, Trevor Long and Paddy Sowden all made their debuts at Newport

1958Ronnie Bacon, Johnny Edgar, Harry Hughes, Bill Patrick and Gordon Pulley were all debutants against the Lions

1961 - Goalkeeper Alf Bentley debuted at Crewe

1986Paul Haylock, Graham Pearce, Howard Pritchard and Trevor Quow were given their debuts at Newport



1907 - John Beby
Goalkeeper John joined the Gills from the Grenadier Guards in August 1929 but didn't make his debut for his home-town club until the Boxing Day trip to Bournemouth.

After 20 consecutive appearances he moved to Leicester City just a couple of games before the season ended.

He later managed Erith & Belvedere.