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...


1893 - New Brompton 1-1 Long Eaton Rang's  FR

1896 - New Brompton 5-0 Wolverton LNWR     SLD1
David Skea struck twice and Dave Hutcheson, Jack Peters and J Walker all found the net in a comfortable win

1902 - New Brompton 2-1 Swindon T         SLD1
Charlie Satterthwaite with a penalty and John Bradbury were the scorers against the Wiltshire side

1903 - Swindon T 3-0 New Brompton         SLD1

1904 - Swindon T 1-2 New Brompton         SLD1
John Morris and Walter Leigh netted in this away triumph

1907 - New Brompton 2-1 Brentford           SLD1
J Hopkins and Charlie McGibbon struck to take the sting out of the Bees

1908 - Millwall 1-0 New Brompton               SLD1

1910 - New Brompton 2-1 Coventry City    SLD1
John Taylor and Albert Court were on target to send the Sky Blues home pointless

1911 - Reading 2-0 New Brompton             SLD1

1912 - Norwich City 4-0 Gillingham             SLD1

1913 - Gillingham 3-0 Watford                     SLD1
Goals from Charlie Hafekost, Dick Goffin and P Glen saw the Gills to a easy win

1914 - Norwich City 4-0 Gillingham            SLD1

1919 - Reading 3-0 Gillingham                    SLD1

1921 - Gillingham 3-2 Northampton T        D3S
George Needham and Charlie Freeman (2) were the marksmen in this home victory

1922 - Millwall 3-1 Gillingham                      D3S
Bill Oswald scored but the Lions took the points

1923 - Norwich City 1-0 Gillingham            D3S

1924 - Southend United 4-0 Gillingham     D3S

1925 - Luton Town 5-3 Gillingham              D3S   Att: 9,898
Goals from Bill Berry, Fred Brown and a Jim Nichol penalty weren't enough at Kenilworth Road

1928 - Gillingham 2-0 Plymouth Argyle     D3S   Att: 4,346
Bill Hanney hit both goals as the Pilgrims lost out at Priestfield

1929 - Bournemouth 1-2 Gillingham          D3S   Att: 11,481
Andrew Durnion netted twice in this away victory

1930 - Thames 2-2 Gillingham                    D3S  Att: 1,477
The Gills goals came from Bill White and Roy Bethell

1931 - Northampton T 1-0 Gillingham       D3S  Att: 12,491

1932 - Cardiff City 1-0 Gillingham              D3S  Att: 11,178

1933 - Gillingham 3-2 Bristol Rovers       D3S   Att: 4,516
Arthur Mills hit a penalty and George Nicol added the other two in a narrow win

1934 - Gillingham 2-5 Coventry City         D3S   Att: 9,233
Roy Bethell netted twice but City took the points

1935 - Gillingham 3-0 Clapton Orient       D3S  Att: 10,679
George Tadman struck twice and Dick Doncaster also found the net in a home triumph

1936 - Brighton & HA 4-0 Gillingham       D3S  Att: 13,977

1938 - Guildford City 0-1 Gillingham        SLD1
Tug Wilson scored the game's only goal

1939 - Gillingham 5-1 Maidstone United  KL (EG)
Fred Herbert (2), Lee (2) and Golding saw the Gills to a comprehensive win

1946 - Gillingham 4-2 Colchester Utd    SLD1
Wally Akers notched two, Tommy Kingsnorth converted a penalty and Tug Wilson also scored as United were beaten

1947 - Gillingham 2-2 Colchester Utd    SLD1   Att: 12,548
The points were shared as Jimmy Boswell and a Wright own goal found the target

1949 - Gillingham 3-0 Tonbridge             SLD1   Att: 10,381
Charlie Burtenshaw, Hughie Russell and Jackie Briggs all struck as the Angels were overcome

1950 - Reading 1-1 Gillingham                 D3S    Att: 17,464
Bill Burtenshaw scored as the game ended all-square at Elm Park

1951 - Colchester Utd 1-0 Gillingham    D3S   Att: 11,127

1952 - Gillingham 3-1 Walsall                  D3S   Att: 9,326
Ken Lambert, George King and Trevor Long saw the Gills overcome the Saddlers

1953 - Millwall 3-1 Gillingham                 D3S  Att: 13,843
Ernie Morgan struck for the Gills in defeat at the Den

1955 - Southend Utd 2-2 Gillingham      D3S   Att: 9,643
Goals from Jimmy Boswell and Bill Parry earned a point at Roots Hall

1956 - Brighton & HA 3-1 Gillingham     D3S  Att: 7,362
The Gills scorer was Jim Taylor

1957 - Q.P.R 1-1 Gillingham                    D3S   Att: 8,658
Ron Saunders found the net at Loftus Road

1958 - Gillingham 4-1 Northampton T  D4   Att: 6,947
Pat Terry struck twice and both John Edgar and Ronnie Bacon also netted in a home success

1960 - Millwall 1-2 Gillingham            D4   Att: 11,219
Gordon Pulley and John Shepherd were on target as the Gills secured a slender away win

1961 - Exeter City 1-3 Gillingham      D4   Att: 4,324
The Gills won at St James Park thanks to two goals from Ronnie Waldock and another one from Bill Cockburn

1962 - Gillingham 2-1 Chesterfield   D4  Att: 7,911
Roy Moss and Peter Godfrey netted to secure the points against the Spireites

1963 - Chesterfield 0-3 Gillingham   D4   Att: 6,590
Two penalties from Gordon Pulley and a Ron Newman effort saw the Gills triumph at Saltergate

1964 - Gillingham 2-1 Colchester Utd  D3   Att: 10,692
Rodney Green struck both goals to seal the points

1966 - Oxford Utd 1-1 Gillingham        D3   Att: 7,405
A Charlie Crickmore effort meant the Gills got a point at the Manor Ground

1967 - Brighton & HA 3-0 Gillingham  D3   Att: 12,896

1968 - Gillingham 2-2 Reading             D3   Att: 4,692
Brian Yeo nabbed both goals as the game ended level

1969 - Gillingham 2-0 Fulham              D3   Att: 8,510
Goals from Ray Bailey and Ken Pound proved sufficient against a Cottagers side that included former England international Johnny Haynes

1972 - Aldershot 0-0 Gillingham         D4   Att: 5,016

1973 - Gillingham 3-1 Northampton T  D3   Att: 11,313
A Brian Yeo hat-trick secured the points against the Cobblers

1974 - Aldershot 2-1 Gillingham           D3   Att: 4,195
A Richardson own goal was all the Gills had to show for this visit to the Rec

1977 - Gillingham 0-0 Portsmouth       D3   Att: 9,723

1978 - Gillingham 1-0 Southend Utd     D3   Att: 6,644
A Terry Jolley effort proved sufficient to take the points

1979 - Colchester Utd 2-2 Gillingham  D3   Att: 5,145
John Overton and Danny Westwood were the marksmen at Layer Road

1980 - Gillingham 1-2 Millwall                D3   Att: 4,603
A Mark Weatherly goal was in vain as the Lions won at Priestfield

1983 - Gillingham 5-1 Southend Utd         D3   Att: 5,511
Weatherly was on target again, along with Russell Musker, Dave Mehmet (2) and Steve Bruce in a resounding home success

1984 - Gillingham 3-2 Derby County         D3   Att: 7,140
The Gills were victorious over the Rams thanks to Joe Hinnigan and Dave Shearer (2)

1986 - Fulham 2-2 Gillingham                    D3   Att: 5,894
A point was gained at Craven Cottage as Paul Parker netted an own goal and Paul Collins struck for the visitors

1987 - Gillingham 1-1 Bristol City             D3   Att: 6,261
David Smith got the goal against the Robins

1988 - Gillingham 0-1 Fulham                   D3   Att: 5,773

1989 - Gillingham 1-2 Maidstone Utd     D3   Att: 11,605
The Gills crashed to a horror defeat in the first ever Kent derby in the Football League despite an Alan Walker effort

1990 - Gillingham 1-0 Walsall                  D4   Att: 3,755
Steve Lovell was on the mark against the Saddlers

1991 - Scunthorpe Utd 2-0 Gillingham  D4   Att: 3,883

1992 - Gillingham 1-4 Bury                      D3   Att: 3,728
The Shakers stunned the Gills despite a Neil Smith goal

1994 - Gillingham 4-1 Fulham                 D3   Att: 4,737
Robbie Reinelt, Gary Micklewhite and Adrian Foster (2) all scored in an impressive rout

1995 - Gillingham 1-0 Plymouth Arg.    D3   Att: 9,651
Steve Butler cheered the home crowd by converting a penalty

1996 - Gillingham 1-2 Luton Town        D2   Att: 8,491
The Hatters gained the points despite an Iffy Onuora goal

1997 - Bournemouth 4-0 Gillingham    D2   Att: 5,672
A bad day all-round at Dean Court with Ade Pennock being dismissed after just 18 minutes

1999 - Gillingham 2-1 Colchester Utd  D2   Att: 7,338
Rodney Rowe and Nicky Southall were the scorers against the U's

2000 - Gillingham 4-1 Crystal Palace   C   Att: 10,334
Carl Asaba gave the home fans a late present as he cracked a hat-trick and Onuora added another as the Eagles were put to flight

2001 - Gillingham 2-0 Portsmouth       C   Att: 10,447
Marlon King and Paul Shaw were the match-winners against Pompey

2002 - Millwall 2-2 Gillingham               C   Att: 10,947
The Gills returned from the New Den with a point thanks to Mark Saunders and King again, this time from the spot

2003 - Gillingham 1-0 Watford             C   Att: 8,971
John Hills was on the mark from the penalty spot

2004 - Brighton & HA 2-1 Gillingham  C   Att: 6,420
Andrew Crofts put the visitors in front at a frozen Withdean but the Seagulls hit back with two goals in the closing stages

2005 - Gillingham 1-1 Bristol City        L1   Att: 7,786
Michael Flynn drilled home a long-range free-kick to stop the Robins taking the spoils

2006 - Gillingham 2-1 Leyton Orient      L1   Att: 8,216
The Gills came from a goal down to win thanks to a Brian Saah own goal and a Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu penalty

2007 - Gillingham 1-1 Southend Utd      L1   Att: 8,268
Adam Miller saw a last minute cross-cum-shot earn a point against the Shrimpers

2008 - Dagenham & R 2-0 Gillingham   L2   Att: 2,844
Ben Strevens' first-minute opener for the Daggers was a sign of things to come, Paul Benson adding a second after the break as the Gills failed to get a foothold in the game

2009 - Gillingham 0-1 Brentford             L1   Att: 7,019
The Bees won thanks to another Ben Strevens (I wonder what happened to him!!) effort in a game that saw Josh Gowling and Charlie MacDonald sent off

2011 - Crawley Town 1-2 Gillingham     L2  Att: 4,255
Over 1,300 Gills fans watched their heroes overcome the league leaders thanks to a quickfire double from Jo Kuffour

2012 - Gillingham 0-1 Barnet                L2  Att: 7,448
A first-half Jake Hyde effort saw the Bees to a surprise victory at Priestfield



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

1921 - Horace Rowden versus Northampton at home
1929 - John Beby and William Jones at Bournemouth

2003 - Nico Vaesen against Watford at Priestfield

2007 - John Nutter at home to Southend

2009 - Tom Wynter when Brentford were the visitors



1982 - Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu

The forward had played for French side Amiens SC, Sheffield Wednesday, Preston (loan), Colchester United, Darlington and Cardiff City before joining the Gills in the summer of 2006.

He made his debut as a late substitute on the opening day of the season against Huddersfield Town and he went on to score five times in 36 matches for Gillingham.

Guylain later played for Bradford City, Darlington and Ayia Napia.

1991 - Antonio German

The young striker joined the Gills on loan from Brentford in February 2013 and made his debut as a substitute against Oxford at Priestfield.

His first goal was the opener in a 2-1 home win over Plymouth at home.



1982 - Jimmy Forsyth

Born in Armadale, Jimmy played for his hometown club and Bathgate before joining Portsmouth.

The half-back arrived at Priestfield from Pompey in June 1928 but had to wait until Crystal Palace at home in early October for his debut.

He was ever-present for the remainder of the season making 36 appearances before joining Millwall where he went on to play in 320+ times.

After a spell as assistant trainer at the Den he became first-team trainer at Ipswich Town and was caretaker-boss at Portman Road for a spell in 1964. He retired in 1971.

James died in Ipswich on this day in 1982.