News relevant about the club on this day previouslyRichard 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
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.