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 - New Brompton 2-0 Gravesend United  FAC5QR
Goals from John MacDonald and Malcolm Lennox won the tie

1901 - Walsall 2-0 New Brompton  FAC1

1907 - Bradford Park Avenue 5-5 New Brompton  SLD1
Goals from Charlie McGibbon (2), J Hopkins, J Pickering and Fred Maven earned a point from an amazing ten goal draw after leading 5-2 at half-time

1912 - Spennymoor United 1-1 Gillingham  FAC5Q
Arthur Wolstenholme netted to earn a replay

1929 - Gillingham 0-2 Torquay United  D3S Att: 3,310

1932 - Gillingham 1-3 Bristol Rovers  FAC2R   Att: 6,511
George Purcell netted from the spot in a home loss

1935 - Crewe Alexandra 2-1 Gillingham  D3S   Att: 8,800
Bill Baldwin struck for the Gills

1938 - Gillingham 5-2 Dartford   SLC1R
Harry Rowley nabbed a hat-trick and Tug Wilson added two more in a convincing home win

1946 - Bristol City 1-2 Gillingham  FAC2   Att: 21,684
Wilson again and Hughie Russell got the goals for non-league Gills in this come-from-behind victory at Ashton Gate

1957 - Gillingham 1-1 Watford  D3S   Att: 7,996
The Gills effort came through Ron Saunders

1963 - Bradford Park Ave 1-0 Gillingham  D4   Att: 4,930

1982 - Northampton Town 3-2 Gillingham  FAC2R   Att: 4,290
Two Mark Weatherly goals weren't enough on a wet night at the County Ground

1985 - Bristol Rovers 1-0 Gillingham  D3   Att: 4,224

1991 - Rotherham Utd 1-1 Gillingham  D4   Att: 3,137
David Crown scored at Millmoor

1996 - Gillingham 2-2 Bury  D2   Att: 5,542
Goals from Steve Butler and Simon Ratcliffe were only good enough for a home point

2002 - Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Gillingham  C   Att: 17,715
Rod Wallace and Paul Smith were on target in a fine away victory



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

1991- Lawrence Osborne at Rotherham



1903- George Nicol

The centre forward was a top goal scorer in his time for the club, scoring 38 times in 66 appearances.

1935- Keith Wilson

Keith moved to the Priestfield from Southampton in July 1961 having failed to make his mark on the first team at the Dell despite being a regular in the reserves.

He scored on his debut for Gillingham against Doncaster Rovers at home, but would only make four more appearances for the club as new manager Harry Barratt made drastic changes after a poor start to their season.


1959 - Thomas H Wilson

‘Tug’ played for the club for 13 years between 1936 and 1949, remaining as an amateur while working at Chatham Dockyard.

During his time at Gillingham he scored 151 goals.

The ‘Little General’ also played for Sheppey United and Gravesend & Northfleet.

He died on this day in 1959.

1971- Jimmy Poxton

Jimmy joined the club from West Bromwich Albion in 1928, and he went on to make 43 appearances for the Gills.

In May 1929 he was on the move to Millwall.

He died on this day in Walsall.