News relevant 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...


1895 - Clapton 0-1 New Brompton  SLD1
Jim Strachan notched the only goal of the game

1899 - Thames Ironworks 2-0 New Brompton  FAC4QR
Two goals without reply saw the home side through

1901 - Luton Town 3-1 New Brompton  SLD1
Jack Frettingham got the consolation

1907 - New Brompton 0-1 Northampton Town  SLD1

1910 - New Brompton 7-0 Royal Engineers  FAC4QR
John Taylor scored five and Fred Cannon added two more in a convincing win against the Aldershot based team

1912 - Gillingham 2-0 Watford  SLD1
John Boden and John Taylor were the marksmen as the Gills claimed the points

1929 - Coventry City 5-0 Gillingham  D3S   Att: 8,755

1935 - Millwall 4-1 Gillingham  D3S   Att: 10,693
George Tadman was the Gills only scorer

1939 - Canterbury Waverley 4-7 Gillingham  KL (EG)
Goals from Scott (2),Walsh (2), Hickson, Lee and Piper saw the Gills ease to victory

1946 - Gloucester City 2-5 Gillingham  SLD1
Hughie Russell (2), Wally Akers (2) and Tommy Kingsnorth with a penalty were all on target in this away win

1957 - Shrewsbury Town 2-1 Gillingham  D3S   Att: 6,125
The Gills goal came from Jim Fletcher

1963 - Oxford United 3-1 Gillingham  D4   Att: 8,567
Brian Gibbs was the scorer at the Manor Ground

1968 - Gillingham 4-1 Shrewsbury Town  D3   Att: 5,270
Terry Simpson, Gordon Riddick, Brian Yeo and Mel Machin from the spot accounted for the Shrews

1985 - Wolverhampton W. 1-3 Gillingham  D3   Att: 3,543
Goals from Terry Cochrane and Dave Shearer (2) saw the Gills to victory at Molineux

1988 - Peterborough United 1-0 Gillingham  FAC1R  
Att: 4494
The Posh sent Gills out of the competition with a home win

1991 - Mansfield Town 4-3 Gillingham  D4   Att: 3,287
Steve Lovell, David Crown and Andy Arnott all scored but the Stags still took the points

1996 - Gillingham 0-1 York City  D2   Att: 5,005

1999 - Scunthorpe United 1-4 Gillingham  D2   Att: 3,444
Robert Taylor, Andy Thomson, Junior Lewis and Nyron Nosworthy (his first senior goal), all found the net in a comfortable win at Glanford Park

2002 - Walsall 1-0 Gillingham  C   Att: 6,630

2010- Barnet 1-2 Gillingham LG2 Att: 2,519
Chris Whelpdale and Charlie Lee struck to secure a second successive away win against former boss Mark Stimson's side


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

1963 - Rod Taylor at Oxford

1991 - Andy Polston away at Mansfield

1996 - Andy Marshall versus York at home


1917 - Tug Wilson

Having previously played for Sheppey United, the Lewisham-born forward joined Gillingham on a part-time basis in 1935 and captained the Reserves aged 17 before making his first-team debut in a 1-1 draw at Exeter City in October 1936.

His first, of an impressive 151 goals for the club, came in a 5-1 FA Cup First Round victory over Isle of Wight side Ryde Sports the following month but he had to wait until the end of January 1937 before netting his first league goal, this came in a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

He kept his amateur status, despite numerous offers to turn professional, and continued working at Chatham Dockyard.

Appearance details from the war-time years are rather sketchy but it is known that Tug, also known as ‘Little General’ due to his great footballing brain, completed his first hat-trick for the club in a 6-0 win against Sittingbourne on April 27 1940.

In 1945-46 Gillingham won five of the six competitions they entered. They won the Kent League, the Kent League Cup, beating Lloyds PM 2-1 in the final, the Kent Senior Cup, a 5-1 victory over the 12th Infantry Training Corps (Canterbury), the Kent Senior Shield, 3-0 against Folkestone, and the Kent Challenge Cup, beating Millwall on the toss of a coin following a 2-2 draw.

Wilson scored another 34 goals in all competitions, including further hat-tricks against Snowdown Colliery and Shorts Sports.

A crowd of 10,007 were attracted to a benefit game for Wilson against top-flight Everton in June 1947 which the Toffee’s won by the solitary goal.

In October 1949 he joined Southern League rivals Gravesend & Northfleet.

1927 - Arthur Hughes

The Scot played for Ashfield Juniors, Notts County, Nottingham Forest, Canterbury City and Grimsby Town, where he finally made his Football League debut, before arriving at Priestfield in July 1955.

That season saw him captaining the Kent League side and he didn’t make his debut until the home game with Brentford in December and went on to score one goal in five appearances.

After leaving the Gills in the summer of 1956 Arthur went on to play for Dover Town and Ashford Town before retiring in May 1963 – later enjoying a successful spell as manager of Chatham Town.

1948 - Ken Osborn

Ken, a former QPR apprentice, joined the Gills in the summer of 1966 and became a regular in the reserve side playing in the Combination League.

It wasn’t until April 1969 that he made his first-team debut in a 2-0 defeat at Mansfield Town and his only other appearance came at Brighton & HA five months later.

In November 1969 he signed for Southern League Dartford.