News relevant to the club previously on this day

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


1961 - Royal Engineers 4-7 Gillingham      Fr
John Jervis and Peter Godfrey helped themselves to hat-tricks and Peter Sanders added the other in a comfortable victory

1969 - Gillingham 0-2 Charlton Ath           Fr          Att: 4,371
1969 - Gravesend & N 1-1 Gillingham       Fr          Att: 500
The Gills scorer at Stonebridge Road was Dave Peach 

1971 - Romford 0-0 Gillingham                Fr

1975 - Sittingbourne 0-3 Gills XI              Fr
A young side won at the Bull Ground thanks to goals from Mark Weatherly, Billy Fogarty and Alan Muskett

1975-  Millwall 3-1 Gillingham                  Fr          Att: 2,590
The Gills lost this Kent Challenge Cup tie - Dick Tydeman netting

1976 - Dover 1-1 Gillingham                   Fr
Danny Westwood found the net at the Crabble

1977 - Gillingham 3-2 Luton Town           Fr          Att: 1,049
Two goals from John Crabbe and one from Ken Price saw the Gills to a narrow win

1979 - Gillingham1-1 Tottenham H          Fr          Att: 4,690
Glenn Hoddle gave Spurs a 50th minute lead when he held off two challenges before firing past Ron Hillyard. Both Hillyard and his replacement Steve Wheatley pulled off great saves to deny Argentinian international Ricardo Villa before the Gills equalised four minutes from time when Micky Barker crossed for Terry Jolley to head home.

1980 - Kettering T 1-3 Gillingham           Fr           Att: 480
Ken Price rocked Rockingham Road with a pre-season treble

1986 - Crawley Town 2-2 Gills XI           Fr
Goals from Matt Ayres and Graham Westley saw the Gills draw at Town Mead

1988 - Millwall 2-4 Gillingham                Fr             BCD
Gavin Peacock, Gary Abbott, Jason Lillis and Andy Perry all scored in a 'behind closed doors' game with the Lions 

1989 - Gillingham 1-4 West Ham Utd      Fr            Att: 2,898
A Steve Lovell penalty was mere consolation as the Hammers won thanks to Julian Dicks (2), Mark Ward and Liam Brady

1991 - Ballinasloe Town 0-4 Gills XI       Fr
Guest Gaelic footballer Keith Barr netted twice, Paul Kelly and boss Damien Richardson added the other during the tour of Ireland. This game marked the official opening of a sports & leisure centre in the town

1994 - Dartford 0-3 Gills XI                  Fr
Goals from Paul Baker (2) and trialist Leighton Allen saw the Gills triumph at Erith & Belvedere

1996 - Kidderminster H 1-0 Gillingham  Fr

1997 - Ipswich Town 3-1 Gillingham      Fr           Att: 4,251
Steve Butler was the scorer in this Portman Road loss

2000 - Gillingham 0-0 Southampton      Fr           Att: 2,550

2001 - Whyteleafe 0-1 Gills XI              Fr
Danny Spiller was the scorer on a wet night at Church Road. The game saw both Andy Hessenthaler and Guy Butters continue their comebacks from long term injuries

2003 - Dover Ath 0-2 Gillingham          Fr           Att: 1,066
Mark Saunders and Mamady Sidibe found the net at the Crabble

2008 - Thurrock 0-2 Gillingham           Fr
The Gills won in Essex thanks to efforts from Nicky Southall and Simeon Jackson

2009 - Crystal Palace 0-1 Gillingham   Fr           Att: 1,980
Jack Payne was on his Sunday best with the winner at Selhurst Park 

2011 - Ebbsfleet Utd 1-0 Gillingham     Fr          Att: 787
Former Gills trialist Liam Enver-Marum netted the Fleet winner


1900 - John McGregor

John, who was born in Darlington, joined the Gills from the Royal Navy in July 1930 and made his debut in the fifth game of the season against Northampton Town at Priestfield.

He was very much the first choice right-back over the next two seasons making a total of 70 appearances.

At the end of the 1931-32 campaign he joined Crystal Palace.