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...


1982 - A record crowd of over 8,000 attend the Gills reserve game against Leyton Orient at Priestfield - it was nothing to do with any superstars being on show but because tickets for the League Cup clash with Spurs were on sale at the turnstiles.



1893 - Sittingbourne 1-2 New Brompton     FR

1899 - New Brompton 1-0 Portsmouth        SLD1
Jack Frettingham got the winner here

1905 - Norwich City 4-1 New Brompton      SLD1
AJ Burns was the scorer at Carrow Road

1911 - Brighton & HA 7-0 New Brompton   SLD1

1922 - Gillingham 0-0 Swindon Town           D3S

1933 - Clapton Orient 2-1 Gillingham           D3S       Att: 7,242
Alan Scott was on target in East London

1950 - Northampton T 4-1 Gillingham          D3S      Att: 10,785
Jackie Carr netted the Gills consolation

1961 - Coventry City 2-0 Gillingham              FAC1    Att: 10,628

1963 - Bristol Rovers 1-1 Gillingham             LC3       Att: 10,149
A John Ballagher goal earned a replay

1967 - Bury 3-2 Gillingham                              D3        Att: 6,004
The Gills lost at Gigg Lane despite a goal from Peter Hall and a Mel Machin (above) penalty

1972 - Cambridge Utd 3-1 Gillingham           D4        Att: 4,656
Dave Galvin scored the Gills reply

1978 - Gillingham 2-0 Swansea City              D3        Att: 11,329
Ken Price and John Crabbe from the penalty spot were more than enough against the star-studded Swans

1980 - Swindon Town 0-0 Gillingham           D3        Att: 4,965

1986 - Gillingham 2-1 Blackpool                    D3        Att: 5,951
Goals from Dave Shearer and Mark Weatherly edged out the Tangerines

1989 - Gillingham 2-0 Scarborough               D4       Att: 3,436
Billy Manuel got one while Paul Haylock scored his one and only goal for the club

1995 - Gillingham 0-0 Northampton T          D3      Att: 7,206

1997 - Chesterfield 1-1 Gillingham                D2      Att: 3,420
A goal from Ade Akinbiyi earned the Gills a point at Saltergate

2000 - Sheffield Utd 1-2 Gillingham              D1      Att: 14,028
Paul Smith and Andy Thomson goals saw the Gills to victory at Bramall Lane

2003 - Gillingham 1-3 Sunderland                 C        Att: 9,066
Paul Shaw had put Andy Hessenthaler's side ahead but the Mackems struck back to take the points

2006 - Gillingham 2-1 Chesterfield                L1      Att: 5,856
Dean McDonald strikes one of the two 90th minute goals, Gary Mulligan got the other, which turned this game on its head



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

1922 - Arthur Read and Raymond Ramsey versus Swindon at home

1933 - John Clark at Clapton Orient

1967 - Peter Hall up at Bury

1972 - Damien Richardson against Cambridge at the Abbey Stadium



1888 - Jim Travers

The centre-forward joined the Gills from Norwich City in June 1921 but had to wait until mid-September until making his debut at home to Millwall.

After scoring once in ten games he departed Priestfield for Nuneaton Town

1929 - Maurice Moorcroft

The former England Youth international signed for Gillingham from Sheffield United in July 1952.

As understudy to goalkeeper Tommy Rigg he didn't feature until making his debut in April 1953 at Reading and played in the final eight games of the season before being released.

1930 - Ted West

After spells at Eastbourne United and Doncaster Rovers, Ted joined the Gills in July 1954 but had to wait two months before his debut came against Leyton Orient at Priestfield.

The left-back went on to make 100 appearances for the Gills before returning to his native Lancashire with Oldham Athletic in the summer of 1957.

He later played for Bankstown FC in New South Wales, Australia

1937 - Brian Payne

The outside-right was signed from Huddersfield Town in July 1957 and made his debut in the third game of the season at Southampton.

He made 40 appearances for the Gills, scoring five times, before going on to play for a number of non-league sides around Kent.