News relevant to the club on this day previously

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


1921 - Gillingham 2-0 Charlton Ath            D3S     
Wally Battiste and Charlie Freeman goals ensured victory in the first-ever meeting between the two sides

1929 - Gillingham 2-1 Walsall                    D3S     Att: 8,160
Goals from Fred Castle and Fred Cheesmur saw the Gills triumph 

1932 - Gillingham 0-2 Norwich City            D3S     Att: 6,824

1935 - Northampton T 0-0 Gillingham         D3S     Att: 15,826

1946 - Bath City 3-4 Gillingham                 SL
A narrow win came courtesy of goals from Jimmy Boswell, Tug Wilson, Vic Hole and Stan Trumper

1953 - Coventry C 2-1 Gillingham             D3S     Att: 11,410
Ernie Morgan found the net at Highfield Road

1957 - Southampton 5-1 Gillingham          D3S     Att: 18,057
Ron Saunders hit the consolation against the Saints

1960 - Crewe Alex. 2-1 Gillingham            D4       Att: 8,972
Ronnie Bacon's effort couldn't knock the Railwaymen off their tracks

1963 - Southport 1-1 Gillingham               D4       Att: 4,123
The marksman at Haig Avenue was Alec Farrall

1966 - Gillingham 2-0 Southend Utd          LC1R   Att: 7010
Bill Brown and Charlie Crickmore both netted in this replay win

1968 - Gillingham 1-3 Luton Town             D3      Att: 8,227
Centre-half Bill Williams struck for the Gills 

1974 - Gillingham 0-1 Charlton Ath.          D3      Att: 9,636
A certain Keith Peacock scored the Valiants winner

1982 - Gillingham 3-0 Orient                    LC1 1L  Att: 2,894
Two goals from Tony Cascarino and one from Steve Bruce ensured a comfortable home win

1985 - Gillingham 2-1 Bolton W                D3        Att: 2,773
Joe Hinnigan and Tony Cascarino were on target against the Trotters

1987 - Wigan Athletic 1-1 Gillingham        D3        Att: 3,412
Dave Shearer found the net at Springfield Park

1990 - Torquay Utd 3-1 Gillingham           D4       Att: 3,047
Steve Lovell's spot-kick was the only reply against the Gulls

1993 - Gillingham 0-0 Doncaster Rov.      D3       Att: 2,923

1996 - Gillingham 0-1 Chesterfield           D2       Att: 5,984

2002 - Leicester City 2-0 Gillingham         D1       Att: 30,067

2010 - Southend Utd 0-0 Gillingham         JPT      Att: 3,073
The Shrimpers won 4-3 on penalties at Roots Hall

The following players made their Gillingham debuts in the above games,...

1929 - Jack Beacham, Roy Bethell, George Bishop, Fred Castle Fred Cheesmur, Albert Collins, Jim McCafferty and David Smith versus Walsall 

1935 - At Northampton, William Duncan, Bud Rossiter, George Tadman and Jim Watson

1946 - Hughie Russell and Cyril Poole at Bath

1957 - Brian Payne down at Southampton

1993 - Steve Banks against Doncaster at Priestfield

2002 - Rod Wallace at Leicester C


1976 - Romain Larrieu

The French goalkeeper played 14 games on loan from Plymouth under Ronnie Jepson in 2007, making his debut against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. 

Romain has now played in more than 300 games for Argyle since originally joining them in December 2000 and he was rewarded for his 12 years as a player with the club when Premier League new boys QPR visited for his testimonial.
 He is currently assistant-manager at Home Park.


1946 - Jim Travers
Centre-forward Jim arrived from Norwich City in June 1921 and made his debut against Millwall at Priestfield three months later.

His one goal, in 10 appearances overall, came in a 5-0 home win over Merthyr Town in his third appearance but then in March 1922 he left the club for Nuneaton Town.

Jim died in Smethwick on 31 August 1946.