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...

1949 - Gillingham 8-0 Hastings Utd             SL         Att: 7,568


made his debut versus Darlington David Byrne 1985

made his first appearance as a substitute at Bournemouth Mark Weatherly1974

were debutants at Barnsley Bobby Folds  and Derek Bellotti1968

all made their debuts against Brighton John Simpson and Ron Saunders, Don Rossiter, Dave Laing, Jack Hannaway, Jim Fletcher, Roger Darvell - 1957

debuted in the home game with Hastings J.Day  - 1949


Mamady Sidibe was on target but the Cobblers claimed victory

2004 - Gillingham 1-2 Northampton T        LC1       Att: 3,108
minute winner for the CanariesthPaul McVeigh notched the 40
2002 - Norwich City 1-0 Gillingham             L1          Att: 20,588

Bob Taylor and Nicky Southall scored to complete a 4-0 aggregate win 1999 - Gillingham 2-0 Brighton & HA          LC1 2L   Att: 4,592

Simon Ratcliffe netted to earn an away point

1996 - Wycombe W 1-1 Gillingham             D2          Att: 4,582
David Crown was on the mark at Bootham Crescent

1991 - York City 1-1 Gillingham                     D4         Att: 2,328
Mel Sage struck for the Gills against the Quakers

1985 - Gillingham 1-1 Darlington                  D3         Att: 2,949
A Damien Richardson double wasn't enough at Gay Meadow1974 - Bournemouth 2-0 Gillingham           D3         Att: 7,252

1976 - Shrewsbury T 4-2 Gillingham           D3          Att: 3,858

Brian Gibbs hit the winner at Oakwell 1966 - Southend Utd 0-0 Gillingham           LC1        Att: 5,661
1968 - Barnsley 0-1 Gillingham                    D3          Att: 8,646

Goals from Gordon Pulley and Brian Gibbs earned the points

1955 - Gillingham 0-1 Leyton Orient           D3S       Att: 13,526

1957 - Gillingham 0-1 Brighton & HA          D3S       Att: 11,249

1960 - Gillingham 0-0 Crewe Alex.              D4          Att: 8,452

1963 - Gillingham 2-0 Bradford Park Ave  D4          Att: 8,562
Harold Williams fired a double hat-trick with Jackie Carr and George Forrester adding others in this rout

1925 - Dick Hales

The Gillingham born right-back was signed from Sittingbourne as an amateur in August 1951.

He played in the Eastern Counties League side before making his first-team debut against Bournemouth four months later.

After just five appearances he returned to the reserves and joined Faversham Town in the summer and later returned to Sittingbourne

1930 - Billy Hall

The centre-forward arrived from home-town club Gosport Borough in September 1952 and made his debut at Bristol Rovers.

He made nine first-team appearances in total, and topped scored for the reserves before being released by the Gills



1955 - Joe North

Joe played for Sheffield-based Atlas & Norfolk Works early in his career which was interrupted by World War I, where he fought in the Army, winning the Military Medal. 

Following the war, in which he guested for Sheffield United, he joined Arsenal in 1919, as an amateur.

The centre forward made 23 appearances (scoring six goals) in three seasons with the Gunners.

After a spell at Reading he moved to Gillingham in July 1923 and scored on his debut against Bristol Rovers.

Joe scored 17 goals in 43 appearances in his one season at Priestfield which included a five-goal FA Cup haul against non-league Nunhead in a 6-0 away win.

He later played for Norwich City and Watford and after retiring briefly coached at Northfleet United.

As a cricketer Joe played 24 times for Middlesex between 1923 and 1927 and made three first-class appearances for the M.C.C before later becoming an umpire in the Minor Counties Championship.

Joe died in Havant on 24th August 1955.