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...


1895 - Chatham 1-1 New Brompton           SLD1
Francis McNamee scored in this 'derby' draw

1901 - Bristol Rovers 2-1 New Brompton  SLD1
An Alf Milward penalty couldn't stop an away defeat

1903 - New Brompton 3-1 Swindon T         SLD1
Jim Stevenson notched all three against the Robins

1907 - New Brompton 0-0 Millwall               SLD1

1908 - Northampton T 7-0 New Brompton  SLD1

1912 - Gillingham 2-1 Northampton T          SLD1
Tom Caldwell and an AJ Johnson penalty were on target in this narrow win

1920 - Luton Town 5-0 Gillingham                D3

1925 - Northampton T 1-2 Gillingham          D3S  Att: 7,075
Goals from Albert Richards and Bill Berry won the points

1929 - Walsall 1-2 Gillingham                        D3S  Att: 3,568
Andrew Durnion and Len Dowell were the scorers at Fellows Park

1935 - Gillingham 2-3 Northampton T          D3S  Att: 6,763
Jim Watson and Tom Hopkins netted in this home reversal

1936 - Bristol Rovers 0-3 Gillingham           D3S   Att: 7,064
Watson again along with James Dodds and Tommy Robinson saw the Gills win impressively

1946 - Gillingham 4-0 Dartford                      SLD1
Wally Akers (2), Johnny Warsap and Tommy Kingsnorth from the spot earned victory over the Darts

1957 - Gillingham 2-1 Southampton  D3S  Att: 10,884
Ron Saunders and Wendell Morgan secured the points against the Saints

1959 - Crystal Palace 3-3 Gillingham D4   Att: 18,248
A Jack Hannaway double plus a Roy Proverbs effort saw a point gained at Selhurst Park

1963 - Gillingham 1-0 Chesterfield     D4   Att: 10,791
Brian Gibbs hit the match-winning goal against the Spireites

1964 - Colchester Utd 2-1 Gillingham  D3   Att: 3,966
The Gills slipped to defeat despite a Rodney Green goal

1968 - Plymouth Arg 1-1 Gillingham    D3   Att: 7,627
Gordon Riddick was the marksman at Home Park

1970 - Fulham 1-0 Gillingham               D3   Att: 7,071

1974 - Gillingham 3-1 Crystal Palace       D3   Att: 14,565
Dave Shipperley, Damien Richardson and debutant Allan Gauden accounted for the goals against Malcolm Allison’s Eagles

1981 - Gillingham 1-1 Newport County    D3   Att: 6,055
On-loan Plymouth striker David Kemp scored on his debut against the Welsh side

1982 - Brentford 1-1 Gillingham                D3   Att: 7,796
Steve Bruce was on target at Griffin Park

1985 - Gillingham 1-1 Bristol City             D3   Att: 4,672
A Tony Cascarino effort only earned a home point

1987 - Aldershot 6-0 Gillingham               D3   Att: 4,734
A bad day at the Recreation Ground led to the dismissal of Gills boss Keith Peacock

1992 - Scunthorpe Utd 2-2 Gillingham    D3   Att: 2,835
The goals at Glanford Park came from Andy Arnott and Paul Stephenson

1996 - Burnley 5-1 Gillingham                  D2   Att: 9,824
Dennis Bailey put the Gills ahead at Turf Moor but that was as good as it got as they were thrashed and had Iffy Onuora sent off.

1999 - Wigan Athletic 2-0 Gillingham     D2   Att: 8,054

2003 - Millwall 1-2 Gillingham                   C    Att: 12,084
Goals from Andy Hessenthaler and Kevin James, an excellent stoppage-time winner, saw the Gills to victory

2004 - Gillingham 3-1 Coventry City      C       Att: 8,734
Darren Byfield and two from Ian Cox saw the Sky Blues beaten

2008 - Gillingham 1-1 Wycombe W          L2   Att: 5,979
The Gills came from behind to snatch a point through Curtis Weston

2009 - Exeter City 1-1 Gillingham              L1   Att: 5,761
Stuart Lewis cracked home the equaliser at St James Park

2010 – Gillingham 3-0 Port Vale                L2   Att: 5,364
Cody McDonald got the Gills off to a great start with a first minute opener. After he’d later added a second his strike partner Adebayo Akinfenwa rounded things off with a third on the hour



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

1957 - Keith Dibden versus Southampton at home

1974 - Allan Gauden against Palace at Priestfield

1981 - David Kemp at home to Newport



1962 - Andy Perry

The winger cost £5,000 from Portsmouth in September 1988 and made his debut as a substitute at Huddersfield Town.

He made 13 league appearances in his one season with the Gills.

1977 - Manny Omoyinmi

Another winger who made 11 appearances after joining on loan from West Ham United in September 1999.

Two of those games, against Bolton Wanderers in the Worthington Cup, proved costly as it led to Harry Redknapp's side losing a replayed quarter-final tie against Aston Villa after Omoyinmi had played as a late substitute and Villa protested.

He never played for the Hammers again and their secretary resigned over the matter.

Manny later returned to Kent with Gravesend & Northfleet and Margate (loan).

1984 - Chris Dickson

The former Erith & Belvedere forward twice joined the Gills on loan from Charlton Athletic.

He was prolific in his first three month spell from September 2007 netting 11 times in 14 games.

Unfortunately he couldn't replicate that form when returning in February 2010 and scored once in nine league games.

Chris has spent the last couple of seasons with Cypriots Nea Salamis Famagusta and helped them gain promtion to the top flight last season.

1990 - Luke Rooney

The attacking midfielder joined the club as a trainee in 2007 and worked his way through make his debut early in 2009-10 against Plymouth Argyle in the Carling Cup.

Luke, who was born in Bermondsey, went on to score six goals in 61 appearances for the Gills before joining Swindon Town in January 2012.

He has since been loaned out to Burton Albion and Rotherham United.