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Archibald was a publican in Sheffield when he died on 17th October 1947 while visiting family.

After scoring twice in 17 games he left the following summer joining Castleford Town.

He joined the Gills in August 1920 from Birmingham and made his debut against Southampton at home.

The forward played for six different Football League sides, South Shields, Birmingham City, Gillingham, Arsenal, Lincoln City and Rotherham County.
1947 - Archibald Roe



After spells at Blackpool and Bradford City he made a brief return to Priestfield on trial in the summer of 2012 but subsequently re-joined Blue Square Premier Newport.

He made his debut at Watford the following month, the first of 105 appearances in which he netted 21 goals.

The former Newport County, Barry Town, Wigan Athletic and Blackpool (loan) midfielder joined the Gills on a free transfer in January 2005.
1980 - Michael Flynn

Kevin went on to play for a number of clubs and the Jamaican international side before joining current club Leyton Orient in September 2011.

The Charlton striker joined the Gills on loan in March 1998 and made his debut as a substitute for Mark Saunders against Preston at home and he went on to score four times in seven games.
1978 - Kevin Lisbie

Lars has played for 14 different clubs including Calgary Storm (Canada), Energie Cottbus II (Germany), Dundee United (Scotland), CFR Cluj (Romania), plus Rosenborg and he joined current club Valerenga (Norway) in January 2010.

The Canadian international played two games for the Gills on loan from Tottenham Hotspur in the 2003-04 campaign making his debut at Crystal Palace in February 2004.
1978 - Lars Hirschfeld

He made 76 appearances for the Gills in his two spells and after declining the offer of a new contract in the summer he joined League Two rivals Dagenham & Redbridge

This came after a previous loan spell in 2007-08 when he made his debut at Hartlepool in March 2008.

The experienced midfielder, who'd previously made 455 appearances for Southend United, was finally signed from Oldham Athletic by boss Mark Stimson following a long pursuit in July 2009.
1976 - Kevin Maher



2009 - Matt Fry and Scott Vernon at MK Dons

2004 - John Robinson against Sheffield Utd at home

1959 - Hughie Stinson at home to Stockport

1937 - Les Williams against Bristol R at Priestfield

1936 - Alfred Wheeler and Tug Wilson at Exeter

1925 - Fred Ellis and Francis Gear versus Millwall

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



The Gills return to the Kent Senior Cup after a 13-year hiatus didn't last much more than 90 minutes at Park View Road despite Stefan Payne firing them ahead from the penalty spot.
2011 - Welling U 2-1 Gills XI   KSC1

2009 - MK Dons 2-0 Gillingham   L1   Att: 11,764

The Gills went out of the competition despite a Gary Mulligan goal
2006 - Gillingham 1-2 Nott'm Forest   FLT   Att: 1,817

A late own goal from Leigh Bromby came after Paul Shaw had scored two of United's three goals
2004 - Gillingham 1-3 Sheffield Utd   C   Att: 6964

2000 - Watford 0-0 Gillingham   D1   Att: 12,356

1998 - Reading 0-0 Gillingham   D2   Att: 11,467

Darren Freeman and Adrian Foster, from the spot, scored but the Gills lost at Ninian Park
1995 - Cardiff City 3-2 Gillingham   AWS1R   Att: 1,034

1989 - Grimsby Town 2-0 Gillingham   D4   Att: 3,447

Steve Lovell and Trevor Quow, from the spot, earned the Gills a draw at Field Mill
1987 - Mansfield T 2-2 Gillingham   D3   Att: 2,957

Ken Price, Steve Bruce and Dean White were all on target against the Yorkshire side
1981 - Gillingham 3-2 Huddersfield T   D3   Att: 4,432

Two goals from Danny Westwood plus others from Terry Jolley and Billy Hughes were too much for the Imps
1978 - Gillingham 4-2 Lincoln City   D3   Att: 5,783

1972 - Gills Res 1-1 Brighton & HA   MWFL

Mike Green and Tommy Watson were the scorers as the Gills slipped to defeat at Elm Park
1970 - Reading 3-2 Gillingham   D3   Att: 6,352

A long journey home with just a Brian Gibbs goal to show for their efforts
1964 - Carlisle Utd 3-1 Gillingham   D3   Att: 7,342

1959 - Gillingham 0-2 Stockport Co   D4   Att: 7,850

A double from Ernie Morgan, including a penalty, were enough to beat United
1953 - Gillingham 2-0 Colchester Utd   D3S   Att: 8,296

A goal from Jim Watson saw the Gills earn a point
1936 - Exeter City 1-1 Gillingham   D3S   Att: 5,634

1931 - Gillingham 0-0 Crystal Palace   D3S   Att: 4,856

1925 - Gillingham 0-0 Millwall   D3S

A Bill Thomas goal ensured a point came back from Essex
1914 - Southend Utd 1-1 Gillingham   SLD1

1903 - Reading 3-0 New Brompton   SLD1

An own goal by Eastham helped earn a point
1908 - New Brompton 1-1 Southampton   SLD1

Jack Peters (2) and Dave Hutcheson scored in the drawn local derby
1896 - Chatham 3-3 New Brompton   SLD1


Richard Day looks back at news relevant to Gillingham FC on this day in history, games, players, debuts etc...