Richard Day looks back at news relevant to Gillingham FC on this day in history, games, players, debuts etc...


1898 - New Brompton 4-0 Gravesend U       SL
Loius Campbell, John MacDonald, Bob Innes and Malcolm Lennox all netted in this convincing win

1904 - New Brompton 2-2 Brighton & HA     SL
Percy Barnfather and John Morris grabbed the goals to earn a point

1910 - Millwall 1-0 New Brompton                SL

1913 - Gillingham 0-2 Coventry C                SL

1921 - Gillingham 2-0 Southampton            D3S   
Tom Waterall and Charlie Freeman scored in this home win over the Saints

1924 - Gillingham 1-0 Brentford                  D3S
Tommy Hall got the only goal of the game

1925 - Merthyr Town 0-0 Gillingham           D3S    Att: 6,327

1927 - Gillingham 3-1 Bristol Rovers          D3S    Att: 6,818
Goals from Jonah Wilcox, Bill Arblaster and Stan Hillier proved too much for the West Country side

1930 - Gillingham 1-1 Bristol Rovers          D3S    Att: 5,230
Harry Loasby netted in a draw with Rovers

1932 - Gillingham 2-0 Bristol Rovers          D3S    Att: 3,270
George Purcell and Albert Collins were on the scoresheet in this win

1938 - Gillingham 3-1 Worcester City         SL       
A Harry Rowley penalty was added to by Ron Day and Jack Ross to beat City

1949 - Hereford Utd 1-1 Gillingham            SL      Att: 5,548
Jackie Carr found the net at Edgar Street

1952 - Gillingham 1-0 Crystal Palace          D3S   Att: 12,928
Tommy Blake notched the match winner

1955 - Reading 1-2 Gillingham                    D3S   Att: 9,016
Billy Millar and Errol Crossan were the goalscorers at Elm Park

1959 - Gillingham 2-0 Rochdale                  D4     Att: 5,496
Efforts from Sammy Moore and Ronnie Bacon saw off 'Dale at Priestfield

1960 - Oldham Ath. 1-1 Gillingham             D4     Att: 6,412
Alec Farrell got on the scoresheet at Boundary Park

1960 - Gillingham 'A' 2-2 Leyton Orient     Seanglian Lge

1966 - Gillingham 0-0 Walsall                    D3      Att: 6,343

1969 - Blackpool 3-1 Gillingham                LC2    Att: 10,767
Brian Yeo netted against the Tangerines but the Gills went out of the competition

1974 - Bournemouth 2-1 Gillingham          LC1 2R  Att: 1,570
Dave Galvin was the scorer in this second replay played at Brentford

1977 - Gillingham 4-1 Bradford City          D3     Att: 3,875
This comfortable victory came courtesy of goals from Danny Westwood (2), Terry Nicholl and Damien Richardson

1983 - Gillingham 1-2 Hull City                  D3     Att: 3,019
The Tigers took the points despite a John Leslie effort

1985 - Gillingham 2-0 Southend Utd         LC1 2L  Att: 3,106
A brace from Tony Cascarino ensured a 3-1 aggregate victory

1986 - Northampton T 2-2 Gillingham      LC1 2L  Att: 2,724
Another double from Tony Cascarino helped the Gills win 3-2 on aggregate

1988 - Aldershot 0-2 Gillingham              D3        Att: 2,477
Goals from George Shipley and Steve Lovell helped the Gills to an away win at the Recreation Ground

1994 - Exeter City 3-0 Gillingham           D3        Att: 2,241

1996 - Gillingham 2-0 Swansea City       LC1 2L  Att: 3,633
Leo Fortune-West and Tony Butler scored to complete a 3-0 aggregate victory

2011 - AFC Wimbledon 3-5 Gills Yth       YAL
Bradley Dack (2), Dylan Ford, Josh Maughan and Jakob Hessenthaler were the scorers against the young Dons

2011 - Gillingham 0-1 Shrewsbury T      L2         Att: 4,869
A 90th minute penalty from Nicky Wroe saw the visitors take the points


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

1924 - James Keegan and Sydney Smith when Brentford visited

1927 - Sidney Tyler versus Bristol Rovers

1952 - Tony Blake against Palace

1955 - Bill Parry at Elm Park against Reading

1966 - Derek Bellotti in the home game with Walsall

1983 - Ray Daniel at Priestfield versus Hull

1994 - Grant Watts at Exeter


1890 - Bert Goodman 

The half-back arrived from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 1925 and made his debut in the opening day fixture of 1925-26 against QPR

He spent nine months at the club, making just half-a-dozen appearances before moving to Clapton Orient

1953 - Ian Thorpe

The former Charlton Athletic amateur initially came to Priestfield on a non-contract basis in March 1972.

The goalkeeper signed pro terms in September 1973 and made his debut in a 5-1 home win against Doncaster Rovers later that month.

Ian made five appearances in total that season as understudy to Mike Gibson as the Gills were promoted.

He was released at the end of that campaign and later played for both Folkestone and Margate. 

1979 - Andy Frampton 

Andy celebrates his 33rd birthday today.

The defender, previously with Crystal Palace, Brentford, Leyton Orient (loan) and Swindon Town (loan), arrived at MEMS Priestfield Stadium in the summer following his release by Millwall.

Before Saturday’s game with Chesterfield Andy had made 33 appearances for the Gills.