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...


1983 – Terry Cochrane is capped by Northern Ireland for their home international against Scotland at Windsor Park



1902 - Glossop 2-1 New Brompton  FAC1
A George Smith goal couldn't prevent a cup defeat

1913 - Gillingham 1-0 Watford  FAC5Q
A Lee scored to knock out the Hornets

1919 - Merthyr Town 4-0 Gillingham  SLD1

1924 - Barrow 0-0 Gillingham  FAC6Q

1930 - Aldershot 3-1 Gillingham  FAC2   Att: 8,392
Billy Death netted at the Recreation Ground

1939 - Gillingham 10-0 Margate   KL (EG)
The Gills romped to an easy win thanks to five goals from Hickson, two from Fred Herbert, plus others from Charles Campbell, Lee and a Walsh penalty

1947 - Rochdale 1-1 (AET) Gillingham  FAC2   Att: 11,110
A Hughie Russell effort earned a replay

1950 - Gillingham 1-1 (AET) Bristol Rovers  FAC2R   Att: 10,642
Jackie Carr struck for the Gills

1952 - Gillingham 1-2 Brighton & HA  D3S   Att: 10,269
A Paddy Sowden goal couldn't stop the Sussex side winning

1954 - Reading 5-3 Gillingham  FAC2R   Att: 5,000
The Gills crashed out of the cup at Elm Park despite goals from Sowden again, Ernie Morgan and Charlie Marks

1968 - Stockport County 5-0 Gillingham  D3   Att: 7,698

1969 - Rochdale 0-0 Gillingham  D3   Att: 5,439

1975 - Gillingham 0-1 Brighton & HA  FAC2   Att: 10,579

1980 - Gillingham 0-0 Maidstone United  FAC2   Att: 9,009

1986 - Bolton Wanderers 3-0 Gillingham  D3   Att: 4,867

1994 - Fulham 1-2 (AET) Gillingham  FAC2R   Att: 6,536
Chris Pike and an extra-time winner from Robbie Reinelt saw the Gills win in atrocious conditions by the Thames

1997 - Gillingham 1-2 Southend Utd  D3   Att: 4,774
A Nicky Southall effort wasn't enough against the Shrimpers

2003 - Gillingham 0-1 Preston NE       C Att: 7,602

2008 - Barnet 2-2 Gillingham      L2     Att: 2,248
A see-saw battle in heavy rain at Underhill ended all square thanks to Andy Barcham and a 90th-minute equaliser from Simeon Jackson


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

1997- Mike Pollitt & Nicky Southall against Southend



1925 - Bill Burtenshaw

Bill appeared for Gillingham 39 times and scored eight goals during his spell. He signed for the club along with his younger brother Charlie and Bill Collins, all three later played for Snowdown CW.

1955 - Glenn Roeder

Roeder joined Gillingham as player-manager in October 1992 after being plucked from non-league Purfleet.

He played six times during his spell in charge, but his management results were not as impressive as the fans may have hoped, winning just 13 of his 51 games in charge.

With him in charge the club slipped to second bottom of the Football League, and only escaped the drop thanks to a win against bottom club Halifax in the penultimate fixture of the season.

He left the club that summer to take over at Watford, and has also managed West Ham, Newcastle and Norwich.

His most recent role in football was as scout at Aston Villa.

1965 - Brendan Place

A tall centre-half, Place signed for the Gills in October 1989, and in three appearances he was able to help guide the Gills to back-to-back away victories against Lincoln and Torquay.

However he then came down with a mystery illness at the end of November, and despite trying to return with the reserves, he was forced to retire in December 1990.

1983- Scott Vernon

Vernon only played 43 minutes for Gillingham while on loan from Colchester in October 2009.

He started the game up front away at the MK Dons, but due to an ankle injury he had to come off, and was later sent back to his parent club.

He is currently playing for Aberdeen in the SPL.