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...


1898 - Gravesend United 1-1 New Brompton  SLD1
Malcolm Lennox netted in this North Kent derby

1904 - New Brompton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur  SLD1
A Walter Leigh goal earned a point with Spurs

1910 - Plymouth Argyle 3-0 New Brompton  SLD1

1921 - Millwall 1-0 Gillingham  SLD1

1927 - Gillingham 2-0 Southend United  FAC2   Att: 10,215
Two Jonah Wilcox goals knocked United out

1932 - Bristol Rovers 1-1 Gillingham  FAC2
George Nicol scored to earn a replay

1949 - Yeovil Town 3-1 Gillingham  FAC2   Att: 12,041
A Hughie Russell penalty was a mere consolation

1960 - Gillingham 4-2 Exeter City  D4   Att: 4,795
Gordon Pulley and Ronnie Bacon struck two goals apiece against the Grecians

1960 - Sittingbourne 0-1 Gillingham 'A'    Seanglian Lge

1966 - Gillingham 2-0 Grimsby Town  D3   Att: 5,327
Goals from Charlie Crickmore and Brian Gibbs led to this home win

1977 - Lincoln City 0-2 Gillingham  D3  Att: 3,902
Deadly duo Danny Westwood and Ken Price struck at Sincil Bank

1983 - Gillingham 6-1 Chelmsford City  FAC2   Att: 4,812
Six different scorers - Peter Shaw, Steve Bruce, Mel Sage, Mark Weatherly, Dave Mehmet and John Leslie all netting which saw the Essex side thumped

1988 - Gillingham 2-1 Fulham  SVTP   Att: 1,970
Jason Lillis and Gavin Peacock ensured a Sherpa Vans Trophy victory

1991 - Gillingham 4-2 Maidstone United  ATP  Att: 2,300
A Neil Smith double, David Crown and an own goal from ex-Gill Paul Haylock saw the Stones beaten

1994 - Gillingham 0-1 Wigan Athletic  D3   Att: 2,257

1996 - Gillingham 1-2 (AET) Cardiff City AWS1  Att: 1,193
The Welsh outfit claimed an extra-time win despite a Lennie Piper effort

2005 - Gillingham 3-0 Port Vale  L1   Att: 6,210
Neil Harris and Matty Jarvis (2) saw the Valiants soundly beaten

2011 - Macclesfield T 0-0 Gillingham  L2   Att: 1,724

The following player made his Gillingham debut in the above games...

1996- James Pinnock against Cardiff

2005 - Gavin Grant versus Port Vale

1905- George Crawford
The centre half made his debut at the age of 21 away to Southend in 1927, and was at the club for 18 months before transferring to Bournemouth.

1906- Archie Young
Young made his debut for the club at the age of 30 away at Bristol City, but just twelve months later he was playing for Rochdale having made a transfer.

1964- Ray Daniel
The midfielder made just five appearances for the Gills while on a short-term loan deal from Luton, but failed to make an impression in the limited time he had. He then went on to play for Cardiff City and Portsmouth.

1972- Mark Dempsey
Dempsey, born in Dublin and who appeared for the Republic of Ireland U21 side five times, was a trainee at the club before turning professional in 1990, and he went on to make 48 appearances for the team, scoring twice.

After spells at Leyton Orient, Shrewsbury Town and Barry Town, where he played Champions League soccer, Mark returned to his native Ireland to play for Bohemians, Shelbourne and Drogheda United while later was assistant-manager at both Shamrock Rovers and Limerick.

1991 - Hughie Russell

Hughie was at the club between 1946 and 1952, scoring 118 times in 202 appearances overall, the total including a treble hat-trick in a 12-1 home victory over Gloucester City in November 1946.

A neck injury suffered against Ipswich in 1952 brought his playing days to an end, although he did return to the club as a first-team trainer.