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 2-1 Royal Artillery  SLD1
John MacDonald and Jack Frettingham were the scorers

1904 – Millwall 1-1 New Brompton  SLD1
Former Luton forward James McKie got the goal

1910 - New Brompton 4-1 Catford Southend  FAC5Q
F Cannon hit a hat-trick and John Reynolds added another in a comfortable victory

1921 – Northfleet United 0-0 Gillingham  FAC5Q  

1924 - Gillingham 6-2 Kettering Town  FAC5QR  Att: 8,202
Goals from Fred Brown (2), Tommy Hall (2), Frank Marshall and Bill Berry ensured an easy win

1927 – Crystal Palace 2-2 Gillingham  D3S   Att: 9,299
Jonah Wilcox and Bill Arblaster netted to earn a point

1932 – Gillingham 3-1 Clapton Orient  D3S    Att: 5,638
James Liddle and two from George Purcell, including a penalty

1938 – Tunbridge Wells Rangers 3-3 Gillingham  SLD1
Harry Rowley hit two and W Johnson one in this draw

1949 – Gillingham 1-0 Bedford Town  SLD1  Att: 7,945
A Potter own goal gave Gillingham the points

1955 – Aldershot 2-2 Gillingham  D3S    Att: 5,770
Errol Crossan and Ernie Morgan were on target

1960 - Bexleyheath 3-0 Gillingham 'A'    Seanglian Lge

1966 – Mansfield Town 4-1 Gillingham  D3   Att: 6,158
John Meredith netted the Gills consolation

1977 – Gillingham 3-1 Walsall  D3   Att: 5,243
Damien Richardson scored twice, once from the spot, and Danny Westwood also found the net against the Saddlers

1983 – Port Vale 0-1 Gillingham  D3   Att: 3,086
Terry Cochrane scored the first minute winner

1988 – Gillingham 0-2 Chester City D3   Att: 3,212

1994 - Gillingham 1-1 Fulham  FAC2   Att: 6,253
Chris Pike was the marksman in this one

1996 - Gillingham 2-1 Crewe Alexandra  D2   Att: 3,572
Goals from Adrian Pennock and Paul Smith de-railed Alex

2006 – Bristol City 4-3 Gillingham FAC2   Att: 5,663
Despite scoring three times at Ashton Gate, Gary Mulligan and two from Michael Flynn, including a penalty, the Gills were knocked out

2011 - L. Orient 0-1 Gillingham        FAC2   Att: 3,763
Curtis Weston netted the deserved second-half winner at the League One side


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

1955 - George Sperring at Aldershot


1905 - Les Ames

The cricketing legend, who performed brilliantly for both Kent and England, played football for both Clapton Orient and Gillingham early in his career.

The outside-left made five appearances for the Gills, scoring once in a 5-2 defeat at Bristol Rovers, after signing in September 1931.
1930 - Harold Kirman

Despite being a professional for six years, Kirman only made 10 league appearances, eight of those being for Gillingham.

1933 - George Simpson

Simpson made just eight appearances for the club, scoring just once against Aldershot. He also played for Dover Athletic towards the end of his career.

1955 - Joe Hinnigan

The experienced defender had played for Wigan Athletic, Sunderland and Preston before joining the Gills in June 1984.

Joe made the first of his 103 appearances for the Gills in a 1-1 opening day draw with Newport County.

After finishing his playing career with Wrexham and Chester City he took up physiotherapy and has held a number of posts - he is currently with Accrington Stanley.

1973 - Derek Stillie

The experienced keeper, who played for Aberdeen, Wigan Athletic, Dunfermline, Dundee United and Scotland Under-21's before signing for Gillingham in the summer of 2007.

He made his debut against Nottingham Forest in a disappointing 4-0 defeat and made 16 appearances in his one season at the club before announcing his retirement to pursue his interests in law.

Earlier this year (May 2012) the Scot made his international debut for the Principality of Sealand against the Chagos Islands.