News relevant to the club on this day

Richard Day looks back at news relevant to Gillingham FC on this day in history, games, players, debuts etc...


1983 - Gillingham chairman Doctor Clifford Grossmark suffered a heart attack and died en route to the club's away game against Walsall at Fellows Park



1898 - Bedminster 4-1 New Brompton        SLD1
Jack Frettingham in this hefty defeat

1904 - New Brompton 0-1 Brighton & HA    FAC4Q

1910 - Crystal Palace 3-2 New Brompton   SLD1
John Taylor and Joe Satterthwaite scored in this South London loss

1921 - Gillingham 0-0 Swansea Town        D3S

1927 - Gillingham 2-1 Brentford                D3S        Att: 3,293
A Jonah Wilcox double stung the Bees

1932 - Coventry City 4-2 Gillingham         D3S        Att: 11,691
The Gills scorers at Highfield Road were George Nicol and James Liddle

1949 - Guildford City 2-3 Gillingham         FAC4Q    Att: 7,227
Goals from Charlie Burtenshaw, Hughie Russell and Jackie Briggs put the Gills through

1955 - Gillingham 4-0 Swindon Town        D3S        Att: 9,412
Ernie Morgan scored twice while Errol Crossan and Billy Millar added others in this comfortable win.

1960 - Gillingham 1-1 Carlisle United        D4          Att: 5,604
Pat Terry was on target against the Cumbrians

1960 - Dover 0-2 Gillingham 'A'               Seanglian Lge

1966 - Gillingham 1-0 Swindon Town        D3          Att: 7,286
Charlie Rackstraw got the only goal of the game

1977 - Gillingham 1-0 Exeter City            D3           Att: 5,714
The winner here came from Ken Price

1980 - Reading 0-1 Gillingham                D3           Att: 4,876
Billy Hughes got the winner at Elm Park

1983 - Walsall 3-1 Gillingham                 D3           Att: 4,639
Tony Cascarino netted the consolation

1988 - Bristol Rovers 2-0 Gillingham       D3          Att: 4,826

1999 - Gillingham 4-1 Bournemouth        D2         Att: 6,336
The Gills romped to victory in front of the TV cameras thanks to goals from Andy Hessenthaler, Andy Thomson and a Robert Taylor double

2000 - Gillingham 1-3 Nottm Forest         C           Att: 9,866
Iffy Onuora scored but it wasn't enough as Jack Lester struck a hat-trick

2005 - Walsall 2-0 Gillingham                 C           Att: 4,785

2011 - AFC Bournemouth 3-3 Gillingham  FAC1     Att: 4,282
The Gills fought back from 3-1 down to earn a replay at the Seward Stadium, as a Jack Payne cracker was added to by Danny Jackman and Danny Kedwell



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

1927 - William Boswell versus Brentford at home

1955 - Fred Kingshott against Swindon at Priestfield



1966 - Tim O'Shea

Having played as a schoolboy at Arsenal, Tim came through the ranks at Tottenham and had played for Leyton Orient before arriving at Priestfield in February 1989.

He made his debut against Brentford and went on to play 127 times for the Gills.

After a spell playing in Hong Kong, and then in non-league football back in England, he took up managing the likes of Grays Athletic, Croydon Athletic and Lewes - normally with ex-Gill Neil Smith as his assistant.



1943 - Joe Hodnett

The Wolverhampton born centre-half spent a season with the Gills having joined from Brentford in August 1927.

He made his debut on the opening day at Charlton and went on to play 17 times before returning to his native Midlands with Stafford Rangers.

Joe died in Willenhall on 12th November 1943.