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 - New Brompton 1-2 Southampton  SLD1
A Charlie Satterthwaite penalty couldn't prevent a Saints victory

1909 - Leyton 1-2 New Brompton            SLD1
Albert Court and John Taylor netted to earn victory in East London

1913 - Gillingham 0-1 Portsmouth            SLD1

1919 - Swindon Town 5-2 Gillingham        SLD1
Dave Chalmers and Arthur Wood were the scorers but Town eased to the win

1924 - Bristol City 2-1 Gillingham            D3S
A goal from Frank Marshall wasn't enough at Ashton Gate

1930 - Southend Utd 3-2 Gillingham        D3S   Att: 7,476
James French and Billy Death were on target in this defeat in Essex

1947 - Cheltenham T 0-1 Gillingham       SLD1
The only goal of the game was scored by George Forrester

1952 - Colchester Utd 1-1 Gillingham     D3S   Att: 8,529
Trevor Long netted to earn the Gills a point at Layer Road

1958 - Gillingham 3-0 Crewe Alex          D4   Att: 7,481
Bill Patrick, Ronnie Bacon and John Edgar saw the Gills win easily

1961 - Gillingham 3-2 Barrow                 D4   Att: 3,706
Two goals from Charlie Livesey and one from Tom Johnston ensured it was a long way home for the Bluebirds

1967 - Gillingham 3-1 Stockport Co        D3   Att: 6,292
A pair of goals from Gordon Riddick plus another from Bill Brown saw a comfortable home win

1968 - Reading 3-2 Gillingham               D3   Att: 10,399
Brian Yeo scored twice but the Gills suffered a loss at Elm Park

1969 - Torquay Utd 3-2 Gillingham        D3   Att: 6,998
Gordon Riddick and Mike Green were on target in this defeat at Plainmoor

1975 - Gillingham 1-1 Halifax Town       D3   Att: 5,864
Allan Gauden scored against the Shaymen

1980 - Blackpool 4-0 Gillingham           D3   Att: 6,588

1986 - Gillingham 1-0 Bury                  D3   Att: 4,326
Tony Cascarino scored the only goal of the game

1988 - Gillingham 0-1 Bristol City         D3   Att: 2,966

1997 - Gillingham 2-0 Bristol City         D2   Att: 6,201
Ade Akinbiyi struck both goals against the Robins

2003 - Gillingham 0-2 WBA                  C    Att: 8,883

2008 - Exeter City 3-0 Gillingham         L2   Att: 4,819

2011 - Gillingham 1-3 Barnet            JPT2   Att: 1,278
Garry Richards early goal wasn't enough as the Gills got stung by the Bees



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

1969 - Dick Tydeman at Torquay

2011 - Paulo Gazzaniga against Barnet at home



1891 - Albert Fairclough

The centre-forward, previously with Manchester City, Southend United and Bristol City, joined the Gills from Derby County in February 1927 and made his debut in the home game with Luton Town soon afterwards.

Albert went on to score three goals in 11 appearances.

1937 - John Evans

The Welshman was signed from Lovell's Athletic by Gills boss Archie Clark, initially as an amateur in 1955 making a handful of appearances.

He turned professional in April 1956 and went on to make his debut at Port Vale in September 1957. Unfortunately after seven successive games he sustained a badly broken leg in a home game against Swindon Town. He didn’t reach full fitness for several months and was eventually released in the summer of 1959