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...


1990 - Goalkeeper Ron Hillyard makes his last appearance for the Gills, his 657th, in a 2-1 defeat at Scarborough

2011 – Gills boss Andy Hessenthaler signed West Ham United starlet Frank Nouble on loan and he went on to score five goals in 13 appearances.



1894 - Sheppey Utd 0-6 New Brompton      SL
A hat-trick from David Hutcheson plus other goals from Fred Manning, Arthur Rule and Button (og) completed an easy win. This was New Brompton's first ever Southern League game. 

1900 - New Brompton 1-1 Gravesend Utd  SL
Winger George Seeley was on target in this North Kent clash

1906 - New Brompton 4-3 Brighton & HA   SL
Danny Cunliffe (2), Steve Smith and Bill Marriott were the scorers in a narrow home victory

1909 - Reading 0-1 New Brompton             SL
Charlie Satterthwaite got the winner in Berkshire

1920 - Gillingham 1-1 Portsmouth              D3
Wally Battiste netted to ensure a point

1923 - Gillingham 0-0 Watford                    D3S

1926 - Gillingham 2-0 Coventry City          D3S       Att: 5,084
Former Southampton winger Sam Meston and William Arblaster were on target

1928 - Watford 1-0 Gillingham                    D3S      Att: 9,881

1930 - Newport County 1-3 Gillingham     D3S      Att: 2,291
Two goals from Henry Loasby and another from Billy Death saw the Gills win in South Wales

1934 - Bournemouth 1-1 Gillingham          D3S     Att: 6,208
Wilf Crompton scored in the draw at Dean Court

1937 -Gillingham 1-2 Reading                      D3S    Att: 4,160
A goal from Jimmy Watson couldn't prevent the Royals claiming the points

1945 - Dartford A 4-0 Gillingham                KL

1951 - Gillingham 1-1 Reading                    D3S   Att: 11,760
Derek Lewis scored in this home draw

1954 - Gillingham 2-1 Coventry City        D3S     Att: 10,425
Charlie Marks and Ernie Morgan scored in this win against the Sky Blues

1956 Gillingham 1-0 Bournemouth         D3S    Att: 9,646
Jim Taylor scored to claim the points for Gillingham

1958 -Barrow 2-2 Gillingham                    D4     Att: 5,249
Johnny Edgar and Bill Patrick both got on the scoresheet to ensure the Gills returned from Holker Street with a point

1962 - Doncaster R 1-0 Gillingham          D4   Att: 4,709

1964 - Barnsley 1-0 Gillingham                D3   Att: 5,025
1965 - Reading 2-2 Gillingham                 D3   Att: 8,583
A Brian Gibbs brace earned a point at Elm Park

1973 - Gillingham 0-1 Darlington            D4   Att: 5,446

1979 - Gillingham 2-2 Chester City         D3   Att: 7,397
Two goals from Ken Price mean't City didn't steal both points

1981 - Gillingham 1-1 Colchester Utd  LC1-2L Att: 3,409
Ken Price was again on target in this cup tie

1984 - Wigan Athletic 0-1 Gillingham     D3   Att: 3,198
Tony Cascarino got the winner at Springfield Park

1987 - Gillingham 0-0 Sunderland          D3   Att: 9,098

1990 - Scarborough 2-1 Gillingham       D4   Att: 1,499
Steve Lovell got the consolation at the McCain Stadium

1992 - Rochdale 1-1 Gillingham             D3   Att: 1,879
Gills scorer was Liburd Henry in this draw 

2004 - Coventry City 2-2 Gillingham  C   Att: 11,966
Patrick Agyemang scored both in this draw at Highfield Road

2007 - Gillingham 1-0 Brighton & HA  L1   Att: 6,118
Delroy Facey scored a late winner to clip the Seagulls wings

2012 - Gillingham 4-0 Bristol Rovers  L2   Att: 4,768
Danny Kedwell's brace was added to by Charlie Lee and Chris Whelpdale in this big win



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

1923 - Bill Savage versus Watford

1928 - Francis Taylor at Watford

1934 - Henry Marsden away against Bournemouth

1965 - Derek Grace at Elm Park

1984 - Tarki Micallef in the away game at Wigan

1987 - Tony Parks against Sunderland at Priestfield

2012 - David Wright versus Bristol Rovers



1901 - Archie Reay
The left-back joined the Gills from Brentford in July 1922 and made his debut at QPR two months later. He made 17 appearances in total before moving to Norwich City the following summer.

1902 - Jabez Foster
The outside-left arrived at Priestfield from Bristol Rovers in August 1926 and made his debut on the opening day of the campaign against Bristol City. In his one season at the club he scored four goals in 22 games before joining Wellington.



1972 - Bill Berry

The East Londoner joined the Gills from Charlton Athletic in May 1923 but had to wait until February 1924 before making his debut at Bournemouth. Berry, an outside-left, remained in the team for the rest of the season and scored his first goal for the club in a 6-0 thrashing of Brentford.

In total he scored 12 times in 87 appearances before leaving for Brentford at the end of the 1925-26 campaign and was later a successful coach abroad in France, Tunisia and Luxembourg.

Bill died in Leyton on 15 September 1972.