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

News relevant to Gillingham FC on this day in history, games, players, debuts etc...


1907- Bristol Rovers 9-1 New Brompton   SL
The visitors were on the wrong end of an opening day hammering, Charlie McGibbon replying

1909 - Plymouth Arg. 1-0 New Brompton  SL

1920 - Southampton 3-0 Gillingham           D3

1926 - Bournemouth 4-2 Gillingham          D3S    Att: 6,791
Defeat at Dean Court despite goals from Stanley Amos and Jabez Foster

1929 - Exeter City 3-0 Gillingham              D3S    Att: 5,297

1935 - Notts County 3-3 Gillingham           D3S    Att: 9,863
Richard Doncaster, George Bond and George Tadman put the Gills into a strong 3-1 lead at half-time before the Magpies hit back for a point

1937 - Gillingham 0-0 Watford                   D3S    Att: 8,408

1948 - Gillingham 0-0 Lovells Athletic       SL      Att: 9,278

1950 - Bristol Rov. 3-0 Gillingham             D3S    Att: 14,519

1954 - Gillingham 3-3 Shrewsbury T         D3S    Att: 11,166
The Gills were three-up at the break through Ernie Morgan (2) and Billy Millar

1957 - Gillingham 1-0 Torquay Utd           D3S    Att: 7,085
Ron Saunders struck the only goal of the game

1963 - Gillingham 4-2 Bristol City              LC1    Att: 5,940
Goals from Peter Stringfellow (2), Ronnie Waldock and Brian Gibbs put the Robins to flight

1965 - Gillingham 2-0 Bournemouth          D3       Att: 7,966
A penalty from Charlie Rackstraw was added to by Brian Gibbs in a home win

1967 - Tranmere Rov. 2-1 Gillingham       D3       Att: 5,604
Charlie Crickmore's penalty couldn't prevent defeat at Prenton Park

1971 - Gillingham 0-1 Aldershot                D4       Att: 5,406

1976 - Gillingham 1-1 Northampton T      D3       Att: 5,375
The Cobblers took a point home despite Danny Westwood's effort

1982 - Exeter City 2-2 Gillingham             D3       Att: 2,409
Goals from Ken Price and Tony Cascarino earned a point at St James Park

1984 - Colchester Utd 0-2 Gillingham     LC1 2L   Att: 2,162
A Mark Weatherly double completed a 5-2 aggregate victory

1990 - Shrewsbury T 2-0 Gillingham       LC1 2L   Att: 2,193

1991 - Hereford Utd 2-0 Gillingham        D4           Att: 2,544

1993 - Wycombe W 1-1 Gillingham         D3           Att: 6,226
Nicky Forster was on target for the Gills at Adams Park

1999 - Gillingham 2-1 Oldham Athletic  D2           Att: 5,884
Robert Taylor and Manny Omoyimni were the scorers against the Latics

2010 - Bury 5-4 Gillingham                      L2            Att: 2,700
The Gills still lost at Gigg Lane even though Adebayo Akinfenwa (2), Danny Spiller and Chris Palmer scored

2012 - Crawley T 3-2 Gillingham           JPT1       Att: 1,249
Lewis Montrose and Bradley Dack, his first goal for the club, weren't quite enough in Sussex



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

1935 - George Bond at Notts Co

1937 - James O'Neill in the home game with Watford

1967 - John Furie against Tranmere at  Prenton Park

1999 - Manny Omoyinmi versus Oldham

2012 - Tommy Forecast at Crawley



1968 - Darren Carr

The exrerienced defender cost £7,500 from Chesterfield in August 1993 and he made his debut in the opening game against Walsall.

He made 36 appearances in his one season at Priestfield which included a substitute appearance in the play-off final defeat against Manchester City.

Later in his career he returned to Kent with a spell at Dover Athletic.

1969 - Ian Docker

Ian played for Medway, Kent and England at Schoolboy level before joining the Gills as a trainee in August 1986.

He signed professional terms in October 1987 and made his debut as a substitute in the home game with Preston six months later and went on to score three goals in 101 appearances.

Spells at various non-league clubs followed and the UEFA B licensed coach now works as a PASE co-ordinator at Ebbsfleet United.

1973 - Paul Shaw

Paul cost the Gills £450,000 when he moved from Millwall in July 2000.

He made his debut on the opening day of the season against Stockport County but his first goal didn't come until an FA Cup tie at Bournemouth in January 2001.

After 151 appearances and 29 goals he moved on to Sheffield United in 2004.

Spells at other clubs followed including Ferencvaros in Hungary and he is currently Head Coach at FC New York.