News about 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...


1896 - Gravesend Utd 1-4 New Brompton  FAC2Q
Jack Frettingham (2), J Walker and Dave Hutcheson were all on target

1900 - West Ham Utd 4-1 New Brompton   FAC4QR
Bob Innes netted from the penalty spot

1903 - New Brompton 2-2 Northampton T  SLD1
Goals from Jim Stevenson and Hugh Goldie earned a point

1908 - Brentford 1-1 New Brompton         SLD1
Fred Maven earned an away point with a penalty

1914 - Gillingham 0-5 Reading                 SLD1

1925 - Crystal Palace 0-2 Gillingham        D3S     Att: 11,879
Reg McKee and Dick Edmed were both on target at Selhurst Park

1931 - Clapton Orient 3-1 Gillingham        D3S     Att: 5,405
Albert Williams netted for the Gills

1936 - Gillingham 3-0 Notts Co.               D3S     Att: 12,215
Jim Watson scored all three goals in a comfortable victory

1953 - Walthamstow Ave 1-0 Gillingham   FAC1    Att: 9,000

1956 - Gillingham 2-0 Yiewsley                FAC1R  Att: 7,038
Goals from Ernie Morgan  and Stewart Pollock, his only goal for the club, saw the Gills progress.

1959 - Notts Co. 3-1 Gillingham               D4       Att: 13,856
Sammy Moore netted at Meadow Lane

1964 - Gillingham 1-1 Bournemouth         D3       Att: 9,652
Brian Gibbs was the scorer against the Cherries

1970 - Brentford 2-1 Gillingham              FAC1    Att: 8,000
Mike Green found the net but it wasn't enough

1981 - Plymouth Arg. 0-0 Gillingham       FAC1    Att: 5,471

1987 - Northampton T 2-1 Gillingham      D3       Att: 5,151
The Gills scorer at the County Ground was Steve Lovell

1992 - Gillingham 3-1 Darlington            D3        Att: 2,567
David Crown, Nicky Forster and a Parkin own goal accounted for the Quakers

1995 - Gillingham 1-0 Wycombe W         FAC1R   Att: 8585
A Terry Howard own goal put the Gills through

1997 - Fulham 3-0 Gillingham                D2        Att: 8,280

1998 - Manchester C 0-0 Gillingham      D2         Att: 26,529
Goalkeeper Jim Stannard kept a clean sheet in his final first-team appearance at Maine Road

2001 - Gillingham 3-0 Crystal Palace     C          Att: 9,396
Two goals from Guy Ipoua plus one from Iffy Onuora saw the Gills to an impressive victory

2009 - Bristol Rovers 2-1 Gillingham     L1         Att: 6,210
A fine Andy Barcham goal wasn't enough at the Memorial Ground



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

1931 - William Cronin at Clapton Orient

1987 - Ivan Haines & Malcolm Smith away at Northampton

1992 - Paul Stephenson versus Darlington at home

1998 - Marcus Browning against Man City at Maine Road



1954 - Kenny Rogers

The forward came through the ranks here at Priestfield and made his debut against Cambridge United at home in September 1972, two months before signing professional terms.

Without ever being a regular, he had made 13 appearances prior to joining Canterbury City in March 1974.

Spells later followed at Dover, Chatham Town, his hometown club, Herne Bay and Sittingbourne.

1961 - Dean Horrix

Millwall forward Dean came to Gillingham in a 'swap' deal that saw Dean White move to the Den in March 1983.

His debut came against AFC Bournemouth but at the end of the season, having made 14 appearances, a £10,000 fee saw him sign for Reading.

Spells followed at Cardiff City (loan), Millwall again and Bristol City but shortly after his move to Ashton Gate the 28-year-old was tragically killed in a car accident.

1970 - Barry Ashby

Having come through the ranks at Watford and playing for Brentford, Barry joined the Gills for a tribunal set fee of £140,000 in the summer of 1997 and made his debut on the opening day of the season in a goalless draw at home to Preston.

'Ash' went on to make 319 appearances, scoring ten goals, playing his last game in the final day relegation heart-breaker at Nottingham Forest in May 2005.

The 34-year-old's eight year association with the club ended after he turned down a contract extension under Neale Cooper's managerial stint.

He played for Welling United, later managed Margate and is currently back at Park View Road as assistant manager to Jamie Day.