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...

Bill Ford and David Skea goals see off their local rivals
1897 - New Brompton 2-1 Chatham          SL

1909 - New Brompton 2-0 Southampton  SL 
Goals from former Hull City forward John Taylor and a Glover (og) are enough to beat the Saints

1913 - Coventry City 2-3 Gillingham          SL
Nicky Southall and a delicate lob from West Ham loanee Manny Omoyimni saw the Gills win at the Manor Ground
1999 - Oxford Utd 1-2 Gillingham           D2       Att: 5418

Both Nicky Forster and Richard Green netted as the Gulls took a point from the Gills
1993 - Gillingham 2-2 Torquay Utd         D3        Att: 2927

Tony Cascarino helped quieten the Lions roar in the win at Priestfield
1982 - Gillingham 1-0 Millwall                  D3        Att: 4663

Damien Richardson and Dave Galvin ensured that the Gills won both points at Vale Park
1976 - Port Vale 1-2 Gillingham               D3        Att: 3015

Alan Wilks scored twice and young striker Dennis Housden was also on target in the win at Edgeley Park
1972 - Stockport Co. 2-3 Gillingham      D4         Att: 5074

Winger Tommy Watson netted the only goal of the game in Gills win
1971 - Crewe Alex.  0-1 Gillingham         D4        Att: 2575

A Brian Gibbs hat-trick couldn't prevent a defeat against the Latics
1965 - Oldham Athletic 5-3 Gillingham   D3        Att: 5293

Brian Gibbs and Peter Godfrey got the goals in the victory at Valley Parade
1963 - Bradford City 0-2 Gillingham        D4         Att: 2399

1957 - Crystal Palace 3-0 Gillingham      D3(S)   Att: 7343

Jimmy Scarth and Ernie Morgan earned the Gills a point at Elm Park
1954 - Reading 2-2 Gillingham                  D3(S)   Att: 8376
Jim Watson grabbed the Gills goal in this defeat

1937 - Mansfield Town 3-1 Gillingham    D3(S)    Att: 7921
1935 - Gillingham 0-0 Notts County          D3(S)   Att: 5162

Fred Castle scored both against the Grecians
1929 - Gillingham 2-0 Exeter City              D3(S)   Att: 4574

Goals from William Arblaster, Frank Marshall, and Stanley Amos (2) saw off the West Country side.
1926 - Gillingham 4-1 Plymouth Arg.        D3(S)   Att: 9274

1920 - Gillingham 0-0 Merthyr Town         D3

Tom Caldwell, Ernie Pinkney and Sam Gilligan get  the goals away at Coventry

2001 - Gillingham 2-1 Millwall                WC2    Att: 7511

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


A Chris Palmer double saw the Gills record their first victory of the season
2010 - Gillingham 2-0 Shrewsbury T     L2      Att: 4815

Striker Marcus Stewart was in fine form scoring a hat-trick for the Mackem's
2004 - Gillingham 0-4 Sunderland         C         Att: 8775

Marlon King and an own goal from Stuart Nethercott saw the Gills progress into Round Three

at Bradford C 1963 - Jimmy White 

at Palace 1957 - Wendell Morgan 

against Notts Co at Priestfield 1935 - John Loftus 

at home to Exeter 1929 - Campbell Whyte 

versus Merthyr Tom Thompson and 1920 - George Shaw
He was capped by the Republic of Ireland during his next five years at the club. 

Shortly afterwards he scored his first goal in a 6-1 home win over Wimbledon.

Although a raw striker, boss Keith Peacock was forced to give him a first-team debut at Burnley just weeks later.

Tony joined the Gills from Kent League Crockenhill in January 1982 for a set of well-documented tracksuit tops.

Tony Cascarino - 1962


Lance Cronin - 1985

Paul never really settled and had made a dozen appearances for the club in three months before Bury boss Neil Warnock paid £40,000 for his services.

The left-back joined the Gills on a free transfer from Plymouth Argyle in August 1998 just in time to make his debut on the opening day of the season against Walsall.

Paul Williams - 1969

Since retiring as a player he has worked for Sky Sports, The Times and TalkSPORT.  

After 269 appearances, a £225,000 fee took him to Millwall in June 1987 and further big money moves took him to Aston Villa, Celtic, and Chelsea before his career took him to France.

Cas scored 110 goals for the Gills, his total included just one hat-trick which came in the first leg of the 1986-87 Play-Off semi-final against Sunderland at Priestfield, he also scored two more in the return at Roker Park three days later.
In the summer he signed for Macclesfield Town for their return to the Blue Square Premier. 

Following his release from Gillingham he signed for Bristol Rovers where he played just 45 minutes of competitive football, his debut as a substitute against Crewe, before returning to Stonebridge Road on loan.

Last summer he arrived at Priestfield on a one-year deal and played in eight games after making his debut at Morecambe, but didn't re-appear following the 7-4 reversal at Accrington Stanley.

In the summer of 2006 he arrived at Gravesend & Northfleet and went on to make almost 200 appearances which included him winning a FA Trophy medal in May 2008, he also featured seven times for England C.

As a young keeper Lance spent spells at different clubs including Shrewsbury Town where he was understudy to a certain Joe Hart, now England's number one.