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...


1893 - New Brompton 1-2 Folkestone                Fr

1899 - Woolwich Arsenal 1-1 New Brompton  FAC3Q
Andrew Swan scored in this cup-tie which would take four replays to decide the outcome

1905 - New Brompton 2-1 Brentford                 SLD1
AJ Burns and Bill Marriott were on target to take the sting out of the Bees

1911 - New Brompton 1-3 Northampton T      SLD1
A John Taylor goal couldn't prevent the Cobblers walking off with the points

1933 - Gillingham 2-1 Bristol City                       D3S     Att: 6,238
George Nicol and a George Purcell penalty netted in the win against City

1936 - Watford 3-2 Gillingham                           D3SC2
Alf Wheeler and Jim Dodds scored in the loss at Vicarage Road

1944 - Gillingham 1-3 Ford Sports                     KL
Vic Hole notched the Gills goal but it wasn't enough

1950 - Gillingham 2-2 Norwich City                  D3S   Att: 14,348
A Dave Thomas goal and a Bobby Veck penalty earned a point against the Canaries

1961 - Chester 1-1 Gillingham                            D4   Att: 4,439
Alec Farrall scored in the draw at Sealand Road

1967 - Gillingham 2-1 Oxford Utd                     D3   Att: 5,802
Brian Gibbs and Bill Brown were on target in this home win

1970 - Gills Res 1-0 Cardiff C                              FC

1972 - Gillingham 0-2 Workington                   D4   Att: 2,860

1978 - Oxford Utd 1-1 Gillingham                    D3   Att: 4,668
The scorer at the Manor Ground was Ken Price

1980 - Gillingham 2-2 Sheffield Utd                D3   Att: 4,976
Steve Bruce and Danny Westwood found the net against the Blades

1995 - Hartlepool Utd 1-1 Gillingham            D3   Att: 2,355
A Dennis Bailey penalty earned a point at Victoria Park

2000 - Gillingham 0-1 Crewe Alex                  D1   Att: 8,347

2003 - Bolton W 2-0 Gillingham                     LC2  Att: 5,258

2006 - Gillingham 2-0 Carlisle Utd                 L1   Att: 5,973
Mark Bentley and Gary Mulligan goals were enough to beat United

2008 - Lincoln City 2-0 Gillingham                 L2   Att: 4,396



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

1950 - Jackie Carr and George Piper at home to Norwich

2006 - Ben Chorley against Carlisle



1931 - Alf Bentley

The former Snowdown Colliery Welfare, Coventry City and Margate goalkeeper joined the Gills in August 1958.

He had to wait eight months before making his debut against Watford at home which was one of just 13 appearances in his four seasons at the club.

Alf also played for Tunbridge Wells and Hastings United before holding managerial roles at Canterbury City, Dover, Folkestone, Ramsgate and back at Snowdown.

After leaving the game he was landlord of the Red Lion public house in Dover, for a number of years.