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...


1913 - Bristol Rovers 3-1 Gillingham        SLD1
Charlie Hafekost scored the Gills consolation

1919 - Gillingham 0-0 Northampton        SLD1

1924 - Gillingham 1-1 Q.P.R                  D3S
Tommy Hall was on target in this one

1930 - Bournemouth 2-1 Gillingham       D3S      Att: 5,490
The Gills goal came from Roy Bethell

1937 - Millwall 4-0 Gillingham                 D3SC2

1947 - Torquay Utd Res. 1-2 Gillingham  SLD1
Hughie Russell and Tug Wilson netted in this away win

1952 - Ipswich Town 1-1 Gillingham       D3S    Att: 9,440
The scorer at Portman Road was Ken Lambert

1958 - Crystal Palace 4-1 Gillingham     D4      Att:13,640
Pat Terry netted the Gills reply at Selhurst Park

1969 - Gillingham 1-3 Walsall               D3     Att: 4,259
A Dave Peach penalty wasn't enough

1975 - Gillingham 2-2 Cardiff City        D3     Att: 5,762
Damien Richardson from the spot, and a goal from George Jacks earned a point against the Bluebirds.

1980 - Gillingham 0-1 Portsmouth        D3     Att: 6,623

1988 - Gillingham 1-0 Blackpool          D3     Att: 3,432
George Burley scored the only goal of the game

1994 - Brentford 3-1 Gillingham          FLT1   Att: 1,795
Chris Pike was on target at Griffin Park

2003 - Gillingham 2-0 Crewe Alex      C        Att: 6,923
The Gills scorers were Paul Shaw and Danny Spiller

2008 - Bury 0-1 Gillingham               FAC1   Att: 2,161
Andy Barcham scored the only goal at Gigg Lane

2011 - Gills XI 2-2 West Ham XI       Fr
Stefan Payne and Dennis Oli netted for the Gills at Priestfield with the Hammers replying through Paraguayan Brian Montenegro and Danny Potts' 93rd minute equaliser.



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

1975 - Joe Durrell against Cardiff at home



1940 - Leon Vaessen

Born in New Cross, Leon, an England Schoolboy International joined Millwall after failing to win a contract at Chelsea.

He signed for the Gills in August 1961 and made his debut against Doncaster Rovers at Priestfield.

After 30 appearances in 17 months Dover paid £500 for his services in February 1963. 

1960 - Peter Heritage

The bustling centre-forward had played for a number of non-league sides before Damien Richardson splashed out £30,000 to Hythe Town on the 28-year-old in August 1989.

After making his debut at home to Scunthorpe United the following month, Hagar went on to score 11 goals in 66 games for the Gills.

He became a 'hero' figure for Gills fans when scoring the winner (above) in the local derby against Maidstone United in April 1990.

After spells at Hereford United and Doncaster Rovers he returned to non-league circles with anumber of clubs, many in his native Sussex.

Peter, 52 today, is coaching at Sussex County League Division One side Sidley United.

1961 - Micky Adams

Micky arrived at Gillingham as an apprentice in August 1978 having previously been on schoolboy terms at Sheffield United.

His fine youth team displays under Bill Collins earned him England youth recognition and he signed professional terms in November 1979, just five months later he made his first-team debut as a substitute away at Swindon Town.

Gills boss Keith Peacock switched him from a left-winger into an effective left-back role where he was able to use his pace effectively. His first goal for the club also came at Swindon, the only goal of the game in March 1982.

In all Adams made 104 appearances for the Gills, scoring a total of four goals, before his good performances saw him sold to Coventry City, who were then in the top flight, for £85,000 in the summer of 1983.

Of course he went on to enjoy a successful management career with a number of clubs and is currently boss at Port Vale.



1951 - Tom Waterall

The outside-left joined the Gills in July 1921 arriving from Watford and after making his debut at Southampton on the opening day, he went on to score once in 19 games before joining Sheppey United.

Tom died in Nottingham on 8th November 1951