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...


1902 - Northampton T 2-2 New Brompton   SLD1
Former England international Alf Milward and Hugh Goldie scored in the draw at the County Ground

1913 - Cardiff City 2-0 Gillingham              SLD1

1919 - Gillingham 1-3 Newport County       SLD1
CW Johns scored as the Welsh side took the points

1922 - Watford 5-2 Gillingham                   D3S
Goals from Charles Freeman and Horace Williams weren't anywhere near enough

1924 - Northampton T 1-0 Gillingham         D3S

1930 - Notts County 2-1 Gillingham            D3S    Att: 11,740
A Roy Bethell goal was not enough at Meadow Lane

1947 - Gloucester City 2-1 Gillingham        SLD1
Tug Wilson scored in this loss

1952 - Northampton T 3-1 Gillingham         D3S    Att: 13,689
A Jimmy Boswell goal was only a consolation

1958 - Bradford PA 2-0 Gillingham             D4      Att: 7,459

1960 - Preston NE 3-0 Gillingham               LC2    Att: 9,218

1969 - Gillingham 0-1 Orient                      D3     Att: 5,452

1975 - Gillingham 2-3 Walsall                     D3     Att: 5,942
Damien Richardson and Peter Feely found the net but it wasn't enough

1980 - Gillingham 2-0 Hull City                   D3     Att: 4,100
Steve Bruce and Danny Westwood were on target against the Tigers

1986 - Port Vale 1-2 Gillingham                  D3    Att: 3,055
Dave Shearer from the spot plus a Howard Pritchard effort saw the Gills win at Vale Park

1988 - Preston 5-0 Gillingham                   D3    Att: 6,390

1997 - Gillingham 2-1 Plymouth Arg          D2    Att: 6,797
Ade Akinbiyi and Leo Fortune-West goals proved suffice against Argyle

2000 - Birmingham City 1-0 Gillingham     D1   Att: 26,044

2003 - Gillingham 1-0 Crystal Palace        C       Att: 8,889
David Perpetuini scored a late winner after Chris Hope had been dismissed in the 54th minute

2005 - Doncaster R 2-0 Gillingham           LC3   Att: 6,874

2008 - Gillingham 2-0 Chester City           L2     Att: 4,852
Andy Barcham and Leigh Mills were the scorers in a comfortable home win

2011 - Swindon T 2-0 Gillingham             L2    Att: 7,787
Late goals from Matt Ritchie and Jonathon Smith won it for the home side



The following player made his Gillingham debut in the above games...

2008 - Jack Payne against Chester



1891 - Jack Branfield

The local lad joined the Gills in August 1920 making his debut on the opening day of the season against Southampton at Priestfield.

In his two seasons with the club he made 64 appearances and then joined Sheppey United.

1955 - John Leslie

After eight years at Wimbledon, where he'd scored more than 100 goals in 300+ appearances, before Keith Peacock paid £10,000 for his services in August 1983.

After making his debut at Sheffield United, in his two seasons at Gillingham he scored 17 goals in 87 games.

Later played for Millwall, Fisher Athletic, Grays Athletic, Dartford and Erith & Belvedere

1976 - Deon Burton

The experienced striker signed a one-year deal with the Gills in August 2012 having previously been playing for Gabala in Azerbaijan.

He is a Jamaican international (12 goals in 59 games) and previous transfers include Derby County paying £1m for his services.

Deon has made more than 550 appearances for a number of clubs throughout his career



1949 - Arthur Cropper

The forward arrived at Priestfield from Clapton Orient in July 1932 and made his debut at Brighton & HA

After three goals in 19 games he moved on to Yarmouth Town in September 1933