Richard Day reviews events on this day in Gillingham FC history


Experienced striker Deon Burton becomes Martin Allen's latest acquisition from Azerbaijan outfit Gabala NEWS...

2012 -
Harry died in Chesterfield on 7 August 1976

Having scored two goals, penalties in successive games, in 119 appearances he joined Accrington Stanley in May 1937.

Harry, as he was known, arrived at Priestfield from Southend United in July 1934 and made his debut early that season against Millwall.

Herbert Randle - 1976


Mark, who appeared in the 2004 FA Cup Final against Manchester United, most recently played for Lincoln City following his departure from Priestfield.

The much-travelled striker never did himself justice following his arrival on a three-year contract in July 2008, over half of his 62 appearances coming as a substitute.

Mark McCammon - 1978

Vince is currently the Development Goalkeeping Coach at Southampton's Academy. 

He made his debut in a 2-1 defeat at Blackpool and went to feature in 222 games for the Gills before a freak wrist injury forced his retirement from the game in February 2004 when he collided with Millwall keeper Tony Warner who was up for a last minute corner.

It was in March 1998 that the Gills signed Vince from Arsenal where he'd made a handful of appearances having paid Bournemouth £400,000 for the keeper.

Vince Bartram - 1968

He vied with Tom Holland for the green jersey making a total of 17 appearances after making his debut at Newport County eight games into the season.

Goalkeeper James was with the Gills for the 1934-35 campaign having joined from Frickley Colliery in August 1934, returning to the West Yorkshire outfit the following summer.

James Harvey - 1911


versus Cheltenham at home Tony Sinclair and Stefan Payne, 2010 - Adebayo Akinfenwa

against Ipswich at Portman Road Iwan Roberts and John Hills, 2004 - Darren Byfield

at Bury Andy Thomson and 1999 - Christian Lee

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



Adebayo Akinfenwa opened his goal account for the club with a 76th minute equaliser
Fr    Att: 5,655        Gillingham 1-1 Cheltenham Town - 2010

Paul Smith fired Andy Hessenthaler's side ahead but the Tractor Boys took advantage of defensive lapses to take the points
C    Att: 23,130                Ipswich Town 2-1 Gillingham - 2004

Peter Taylor returned to Priestfield as City boss and won thanks to goals from Callum Davidson and a Muzzy Izzet penalty, Andy Thomson replying for the Gills
Att: 5,470Gillingham 1-2 Leicester City                 Fr    - 2000

The Gills scorer at Gigg Lane was Andy Thomson
D2   Att: 4,014                                Bury 2-1 Gillingham  - 1999

James Pinnock struck the Gills consolation in Essex                    Fr
Wivenhoe Town 5-1 Gills XI - 1997

Fr     Att: 1,081Gillingham 0-4 Southend United           - 1993

Bill Collins Testimonial ended in a Gills victory thanks to a Steve Lovell goal
Fr      Att: 8,372  Gillingham 1-0 Man Utd XI                   - 1992

Mark O'Connor and Steve Lovell put the Gills two up before the Hammers pulled one back through Leroy Rosenior. Late goals from Karl Elsey and Andy Arnott however ensured a comfortable victory
Att: 3,656Gillingham 4-1 West Ham United        Fr      - 1991

Peter Heritage nabbed a hat-trick at Hartsdown Park with Joe Dunne adding the other 
Att: 495      FrMargate 2-4 Gills XI                                 - 1990

A Brian Horne own goal put the Gills ahead before Terry Hurlock and Keith Stevens won it for the Lions. Both sides missed penalties - Shearer for Gills and Dave Mehmet for Millwall
Att: 2,000     Fr Millwall 2-1 Gillingham                          - 1987

On the same day Mel Sage (2), Ted Buxton and Tony Cascarino, on his return to Wested, saw the Gills to victory
Fr                           Crockenhill 1-4 Gills XI - 1982

Dick Tydeman found the net at Watling Street
Fr                               Dartford 1-1 Gills XI - 1982

A young Gills team netted through Tony Bottiglieri (2) and Nigel Pointon - the Chats goals coming from a Charlie Young own goal and Roger Steed
Chatham Town 2-3 Gills XI                   Fr - 1981

Dean White and Tony Funnell were on the scoresheet at Culverden Stadium
Fr                 Tunbridge Wells 1-2 Gills XI - 1979

The Kent Challenge Cup tie ended all square, Danny Westwood scoring both Gills goals while Terry Brisley and John Seasman replied 
Att: 2,519Gillingham 2-2 Millwall                         Fr       - 1976

John Herbert was the scorer for a young Gills team at Southwood
Fr              Ramsgate Athletic 3-1 Gills XI - 1975

Gordon Hill, Derek Smethurst, Brian Clarke were the Lions marksmen
Att: 3,264      FrGillingham 0-3 Millwall                          - 1974

The Scots lost at Priestfield as Brian Yeo (2), David Quirke and Alan Wilks all netted 
Att: 3,045   Gillingham 4-1 Clyde                               Fr   - 1971

Dick Tydeman and an own goal accounted for the win at Pilot Field            Fr
Hastings United 0-2 Gillingham - 1968
Cambridge City 0-0 Gillingham - 1967

A Brian Yeo double plus one from Gordon Pulley saw the Gills to victory
Att: 3,906Gillingham 3-2 Charlton Athletic         Fr          - 1965