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...


Manager Harry Barratt pays a then club record fee of £6,000 to Middlesbrough for forward Ronnie Waldock



1906 - Northampton T 1-2 New Brompton  SLD1
William Lee and Danny Cunliffe got the goals in this away victory

1919 - Gillingham 0-2 Plymouth Arg.         SLD1
The Pilgrims made progress with this triumph

1923 - Gillingham 1-1 Northampton T        D3S
Thomas Hall was on target against the Cobblers

1928 - Gillingham 0-1 Crystal Palace         D3S   Att: 5,923

1934 - Gillingham 2-1 Exeter City             D3S   Att: 6,064
George Barrie and Sim Raleigh scored to send the Grecians home pointless

1951 - Crystal Palace 0-2 Gillingham        D3S   Att: 20,380
Derek Lewis scored twice to shock the big home crowd

1956 - Gillingham 4-1 Crystal Palace        D3S   Att: 8,567
Jim Taylor (2), Jimmy Boswell and Ernie Morgan saw the Gills ease past Palace

1962 - Oxford United 2-3 Gillingham        D4     Att: 8,477
Goals from Charlie Livesey, Gordon Pulley and Harry Hughes saw the Gills to victory at the league new boys

1971 - Gillingham 1-1 Grimsby Town       LC3   Att: 9,038
Brian Yeo scored but the Mariners forced a replay

1973 - Exeter City 2-1 Gillingham           D4    Att: 4,744
Dave Peach was on target at St James Park

1979 - Gillingham 1-2 Blackburn R         D3    Att: 7,851
The Gills goal came from Tony Funnell but the Rovers ended up victors

1984 - Gillingham 1-4 Millwall                D3    Att: 6,881
Mel Sage got the consolation as the Lions strode to victory

1987 - Gillingham 0-1 Stoke City           LC2-2L   Att: 5,039

1989 - Halifax Town 0-1 Gillingham        D4     Att: 1,776
Steve Lovell got the winner at the Shay

1990 - Gillingham 2-2 Rochdale             D4     Att: 3,340
Lovell got both goals as 'Dale took a point

2000 - Gillingham 2-2 Bolton W             D1    Att: 9,327
Paul Smith and Iffy Onuora goals were enough for a point

2007 - Swindon Town 5-0 Gillingham     L1     Att: 6,345
Two goals in the opening six minutes saw the Gills blitzed on a horror day at the County Ground

2009 - Gillingham 0-1 Norwich City       FLT   Att: 2,814
Cody McDonald scored the winner for the Canaries

2012 - Oxford U 0-0 Gillingham            L2     Att: 6,690



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

1928 - James Forsyth and Walter Rivers both debuted against C.Palace



1930 - Errol Crossan

The Canadian born outside-right joined the Gills from Manchester City in July 1955 and made a goalscoring debut in the opening day 4-1 victory at Brentford the following month.

He went on to score 17 goals in 80 games for the Gills before Southend United paid £3000 in August 1957 and he later played for both Norwich City and Leyton Orient.

1936 - Brian Gibbs

The forward, born in the other Gillingham (in Dorset), played as a junior at Portsmouth and Bournemouth before moving to Priestfield for £4000 in October 1962 and made his debut at home to Torquay United.

Brian is second in the Gills list of all-time scorers behind Brian Yeo having scored 101 league goals (110 in all competitions) in 284 appearances.

After requesting a transfer in the summer of 1968 a £8000 fee took him to Colchester United in the September and he was part of the U's legendary squad that knocked the then mighty Leeds United out of the FA Cup, winning 3-2 at Layer Road.

1952 - Seamus 'Jim' McDonagh

Keith Peacock signed the experienced Republic of Ireland international on loan in March 1985 as cover for Ron Hillyard and David Fry and the keeper made his debut at Plymouth Argyle.

He went on to make 10 appearances during his spell at Priestfield.

After a nomadic playing career, which included a spell as player-manager at Galway United, he has since been goalkeeping coach at a number of clubs and is currently PART OF Martin O’Neill’s backroom staff at Sunderland .

1962 - Jim Stannard

Yet another experienced keeper who new boss Tony Pulis signed from Fulham in July 1995, who made his debut against Wigan Athletic on the opening day.

An excellent first season, in which the Gills gained promotion as runners-up to Preston in the Endsleigh League Division Three, saw 'Big Jim' equal a Football League record of keeping 29 clean sheets as he conceded just 20 goals in 46 matches.

His season was rounded-off with selection into the PFA divisional team plus the Gills Player of the Year award.

Following knee surgery Jim was forced to retire in October 1999 and since then he has twice returned to Priestfield as goalkeeping coach on a part-time basis.

He is currently goalkeeping coach at Southampton where he is working with Paulo Gazzaniga.

1967 - Glen Thomas

The former Fulham and Peterborough United defender arrived in a £15,000 deal from Barnet in January 1996 and made his debut at Wigan Athletic shortly afterwards.

Unfortunate injuries interrupted his time at Priestfield Stadium and he'd made just 30 appearances before moving to Brighton & HA in the summer of 1998.

A playing and coaching career in non-league football followed in the East London/Essex area.

1968 - Kevin Rattray

Kevin cost £5000 when he joined the Gills from Woking in July 1995 and he made his debut at Lincoln City as a substitute in the second game of the season.

The midfielder spent just one season at Priestfield, scoring three goals in his 31 games, before Barnet paid £15,000 for his services in September 1996.

1978 - David Graham

The Scot had led a nomadic playing career before Ronnie Jepson brought him to Priestfield Stadium in August 2007 and made his debut on a forgetable day at Cheltenham Town on the opening day of the season.

Following a change in management and three goals in 19 appearances, David was released from his contract late in January 2008.

After a short spell at Lincoln City the striker dropped into non-league football and was last heard of in a third spell at Sheffield FC, 'the oldest football club in the world.'