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...


1897 - Chatham 2-2 New Brompton       SLD1
Bill Ford and a Humphrey own goal earned a point in this local derby

1909 - Luton Town 1-0 New Brompton    SLD1

1920 - Millwall 4-0 Gillingham                D3

1926 - Norwich City 0-0 Gillingham       D3S    Att: 7,796

1937 - Northampton T 4-1 Gillingham   D3S    Att: 7,618
Albert Taylor scored the consolation goal

1948 - Hereford Utd 3-1 Gillingham       SLD1   Att: 5,433
A Jackie Carr effort couldn't prevent defeat

1954 - Bournemouth 1-2 Gillingham      D3S   Att: 10,047
Billy Evans and Billy Millar were on target as the Gills won at Dean Court

1963 - Gillingham 2-0 Torquay Utd        D4   Att: 15,338
The scorers here were Brian Yeo and Brian Gibbs

1965 - Grimsby Town 3-1 Gillingham     D3    Att: 8,176
Yeo was on target again as the Gills lost at Blundell Park

1967 - Stockport Co 1-1 Gillingham        D3   Att: 6,059
A Charlie Crickmore penalty got the Gills a point at Edgeley Park

1971 - Gillingham 1-2 Newport Co          D4   Att: 5,887
Dick Tydeman notched the goal for Basil Hayward's side but the Welsh side took the points

1972 - Hartlepool 2-0 Gillingham            D4   Att: 3,462

1973 - Scunthorpe Utd 1-1 Gillingham   D4   Att: 2,544
George Jacks goal earned a point at the Old Show Ground

1976 - Wrexham 2-1 Gillingham             D3   Att: 7,370
The Gills scorer at the Racecourse Ground was John Overton

1979 - Gillingham 4-0 Oxford Utd          D3   Att: 5,094
Danny Westwood (2), Steve Bruce and a Micky Barker penalty proved too much for the U's

1982 - Bournemouth 0-1 Gillingham      D3   Att: 5,528
A Steve Bruce penalty won the points at Dean Court

1984 - Gillingham 4-1 Reading               D3   Att: 3,568
Tony Cascarino (2), Terry Cochrane and a Wood own goal crowned a fine performance against the Royals

1990 - Gillingham 1-1 Aldershot               D4   Att: 3,149
Alan Walker was the scorer against the Shots

1993 - Crewe Alex 1-0 Gillingham            D3   Att: 3,611

1999 - Gillingham 2-1 Cambridge Utd     D2   Att: 6,417
Both Gills goals came from Andy Thomson

2001 - Birmingham City 2-1 Gillingham  D1   Att: 27,101
Guy Ipoua was the Gills scorer at St Andrews

2004 - West Ham Utd 3-1 Gillingham       C   Att: 25,247
Darren Byfield was on target at Upton Park - unfortunately so were Bobby Zamora, Marlon Harewood and Hayden Mullins for the Hammers

2010 - Gillingham 1-1 Torquay Utd          L2  Att: 5,345
Cody McDonald put the Gills ahead in the 80th minute but the Gulls snatched a point with a last-gasp equaliser

2012 - Torquay U 2-1 Gillingham             L2  Att: 2,251
The Gills slipped to their first away league defeat of the season at Plainmoor - Deon Burton getting the goal


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

1937 - George Tweed at Northampton

1963 - Brian Yeo against Torquay at home

1971 - Denis Housden versus Newport at Priestfield

1976 - Terry Nicholl away at Wrexham

1998 - Stuart Elliott against Luton at home



1898 - Jimmy Keegan

Jimmy joined from home-town club Barrow in July 1924 and made his against Brentford at home.

After just four games he was on the move to Peterborough & Fletton after just three months.

1972 - Ty Gooden

The former Arsenal trainee joined Gillingham from Swindon Town in a £100,000 deal in January 2000 that also included Iffy Onuora returning to Priestfield.

The midfielder made his debut at Bristol Rovers and went on to score six goals in 69 games.

Although some of his time at Priestfield was interrupted by injury, he will be remembered for two special times. It was his cross that Andy Thomson headed home for the winner in the Wembley play-off win against Wigan, he also scored a cracking goal in the FA Cup defeat against Arenal at Highbury.

After retiring from the game he has scouted in France for Reading, Sunderland and currently Arsenal.

1984 - Albert Jarrett

The Sierra Leone winger played for a number of clubs before joining the Gills early in the 2008-09 campaign, initially on trial then monthly contracts and he made his debut as a substitute against Port Vale in September 2008.

Three days after sitting on the bench as an unused sub in the play-off final victory against Shrewsbury Town he was released and has since played for Barnet, Lincoln City and Aldershot (loan).



1992 - John Loftus

The forward played just twice for the Gills in his one season at the club having joined from Brighton & HA in August 1935, making his debut the following month against Notts County at home.

In the summer of 1936 he joined Barrow.

John died in Chilton on 23 October 1992