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...


1898 - New Brompton 5-2 Bedminster   SLD1
Jack Frettingham (2), two penalties from John Watson plus a goal from Louis Campbell helped beat the West Country side.

1904 - Reading 3-1 New Brompton         SLD1
A Joe Turner goal wasn't enough to take anything from Elm Park

1910 - New Brompton 1-0 Exeter City   SLD1
Fred Cannon scored the only goal of the game

1921 - Gillingham 1-0 Southend Utd      D3S
Former Chelsea forward Charles Freeman scored the only goal

1924 - Gillingham 1-0 Millwall               D3S
A Tommy Hall goal was the difference between the two sides

1927 - Bournemouth 3-0 Gillingham      D3S   Att: 4,119

1932 - Gillingham 1-2 Exeter City          D3S   Att: 5,885
George Nicol was on target in this defeat

1938 - Plymouth A Res 4-0 Gillingham  SLD1

1955 - Walsall 2-1 Gillingham                D3S   Att: 11,469
Ernie Morgan scored as the Gills lost at Fellows Park

1960 - Doncaster R 2-3 Gillingham        D4   Att: 5,029
Pat Terry hit a hat-trick which saw the Gills triumph at Belle Vue

1960 - Folkestone 3-1 Gillingham 'A' Seanglian Lge

1966 - Darlington 1-1 Gillingham          D3   Att: 5,819
Brian Gibbs was the scorer in this draw at Feethams

1974 - Preston NE 1-0 Gillingham        D3   Att: 9,867

1977 - Gillingham 1-1 Carlisle Utd       D3   Att: 7,022
Danny Westwood netted in the draw with the Cumbrians

1983 - Wigan Ath 1-2 Gillingham         D3   Att: 4,189
The Gills scorers at Springfield Park were Terry Cochrane and Mark Weatherly

1985 - Gillingham 1-2 Derby Co           D3   Att: 4,613
Dave Mehmet was on target but the Rams were the victors

1988 - Gillingham 3-4 Bury                   D3   Att: 2,702
Jason Lillis, Steve Lovell- a penalty and Mark Cooper all scored but the visitors still won

1994 - Bury 3-2 Gillingham                  D3   Att: 2,976
A Chris Pike double, including a penalty, wasn't enough at Gigg Lane

1996 - Coventry C 2-2 Gillingham  CCC3R   Att: 10,603
Goals from Iffy Onuora and Simon Ratcliffe earned the Gills a replay at Highfield Road

2005 - Bradford City 1-0 Gillingham  L1   Att: 7,729

2011 - Gills Yth 2-1 Colchester Utd   YALC
Goals from Bradley Dack and Mike Freiter saw the young Gills record a narrow win

2011 - Gillingham 1-0 Oxford Utd       L2  Att: 5,819
Lewis Montrose fired home the winning goal


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

1955 - Larry Baxter at Walsall

1977 - Phil Burrows versus Carlisle at Priestfield



1898 - Enos Bromage

The outside-left arrived from Derby County in August 1927 and made his debut at Charlton Athletic. He scored the first of his six goals in a 7-4 defeat at Walsall.

After 22 appearances he joined WBA in March 1928.

1927 - Jack Hannaway

Jack arrived from Manchester City in June 1957 and made his debut two months later against Brighton & HA at home.

He was made captain of the Gills by boss Archie Clark and he went on to make a total of 135 appearances for the club before returning north, to Southport, in June 1960.

1971 - Scott Houghton

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder joined the Gills on loan in December 1992 but after three games around the Christmas period a hamstring injury saw him return to White Hart Lane early.

Moves followed to five other football league teams before dropping into non-league circles with Wootton Blue Cross, Blackstones, St Neots and Arlesey Town, the latter two seeing him gain managerial experience.

He is now a policeman in the Peterborough area.

1986 - Rene Howe

A prolific scorer at both Bedford Town and Kettering Town, Rene signed for Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee in May 2007.

He went out on loan to Rochdale, Morecambe, Lincoln City, Rushden & Diamonds, Bristol Rovers and of course Gillingham whilst at London Road.

He arrived at Priestfield in January 2010, made his debut against Colchester United and scored twice (against Southend United and Southampton) in 18 appearances.

In July 2011, following his release by the Posh, he signed a two-year deal with Torquay United.