Richard Day looks back on today's events in the Gills history

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


He netted his first, of three goals for the club, in a Boxing Day defeat at Millwall and his other two also came in away losses at Portsmouth and Charlton.

The Scottish centre-forward arrived from Dundee Celtic in March 1922 but didn't make his Gills debut until early the following season at Northampton Town.

Bill Oswald - 1900


A Nicky Southall strike won the game at Salters Lane 
Att: 617      Faversham Town 0-1 Gills XI                    2011

Rory Hill and Sean Clohessy were on the mark at Cheriton Road
Folkestone Invicta 1-2 Gills XI2007

The Gills youngsters won at Star Meadow through a Ben Bissett penalty and Rory Hill
Hollands & Blair 1-2 Gills Youth2006

Tommy Johnson and a Matt Bodkin brace led the Gills to victory
Thamesmead Town 0-3 Gills XI2004

The Gills eased to victory at Stonebridge Road thanks to goals from Guy Ipoua (2) and Mamady Sidibe
Att: 1,052       Gravesend & Northfleet 0-3 Gillingham   2002

A Steve Butler double wasn't enough as Neil Redfearn, Richard Rufus and Mark Bright netted for the Addicks 
Att: 2,893   Gillingham 2-3 Charlton Athletic                  1998

Roland Edge and Steve Norman found the net at the Belmont Ground
Whitstable Town 2-2 Gills XI1996

Dominic Naylor struck for the Gills at the Crabble but a Junior Lewis double won it for the home team 
Att: 450     Dover Athletic 2-1 Gillingham                       1995

A Gills side were beaten with Jermaine Darlington and David Leworthy netting for the Whites
Dover Athletic 2-0 Gills XI1994

Liburd Henry and Tony Verrall were the scorers at the Pilot Field
Hastings Town 0-2 Gills XI1993

Tired legs at the end of a busy week culminated in the Gills only defeat of their tour of Ireland 
Kilkenny City 1-0 Gillingham1991

The Gills were beaten at Reachfields despite a Tony Eeles effort
Att: 300  Hythe Town 2-1 Gills XI                                    1989

The Gills ran riot at London Road with Karl Elsey netting a hat-trick, including a penalty, while Terry Cochrane, Keith Oakes, Joe Hinnegan, Dave Mehmet and Tony Cascarino were also on target 
Att: 750    Maidstone United 0-8 Gillingham                   1985

Terry Cochrane and Tony Cascarino goals couldn't prevent defeat at the Rec
Att: 688   Aldershot 3-2 Gillingham                                  1984

The sides shared four goals with trialist John Teasdale, previously with Wolves, netting along with an own goal for the Gills
BCDOrient 2-2 Gillingham                                           1983

Steve Butler scored in a 'behind closed doors' loss at Fisher Athletic
BCDMillwall 2-1 Gillingham                                        1982

A Tony Bottiglieri goal couldn't prevent defeat
Tunbridge Wells 2-1 Gills XI1978

The Gills were beaten at Brooklands despite a Dave Peach effort  1970 - Romford 2-1 Gillingham

1968 - Brentwood 1-0 Gillingham

A Brian Gibbs hat-trick and two penalties from Denis Hunt saw the Gills win comfortably at Portman Road
  BCDIpswich Town 2-5 Gillingham                               1966



- The Gills smash their club record by splashing out £500,000 for Brentford striker Robert Taylor 1998

After a spell in South Africa he returned to Kent playing for Sheppey United (twice), Tonbridge and Gravesend & Northfleet.

Despite being at the club for around six years he only managed a dozen first-team appearances before a move to Crewe Alexandra.

Two months earlier the left-back became the Gills first player to be capped by England Youth when he was selected to play against Northern Ireland at Old Trafford.

He made his Gillingham debut away at York City in a goalless draw in September 1960 ten months before signing professional terms in July 1961.

Roger, a local lad born in Rochester, joined the groundstaff here at Priestfield during the summer of 1958.

Roger Challis - 1943

After making just 13 appearances Bill returned north of the border in the summer of 1923 joining St Johnstone