Richard Day reviews this day in the club's historyNews relevant to Gillingham FC on this day in history, games, players, debuts etc...
1905 - New Brompton 1-0 Millwall SLD1
James McKie scored the only goal of the game
1907 - New Brompton 2-0 Portsmouth SLD1
James Hartley and Bill Marriott found the net against Pompey
1908 - New Brompton 0-1 Swindon T SLD1
1911 - New Brompton 0-1 Leyton SLD1
1914 - Gillingham0-0 Reading SLD1
1922 - Gillingham 3-1 Aberdare Ath D3S
Goals from Arthur Wood, George Needham and Tommy Hall proved too much for the Welsh side
1929 - Southend Utd 2-0 Gillingham D3S Att: 7,773
1933 - Bristol C 1-1 Gillingham D3S Att: 7,309
A Bill Armfield goal earned a point at Ashton Gate
1939 - Gillingham 2-1 Chelmsford C SLD1
Harry Rowley scored both, including a penalty
1950 - Gillingham 0-0 Guildford C SLD1 Att: 7,973
1963 - Hartlepools Utd 1-1 Gillingham D4 Att: 2,629
John Ballagher netted for the Gills at Victoria Park
1967 - Gillingham 4-1 Watford D3 Att: 6,016
Gordon Riddick, Bill Brown, Brian Gibbs and Charlie Crickmore all found the net against the Hornets
1972 - Northampton T 6-1 Gillingham D4 Att: 2,625
A Roy Woolcott goal was little consolation at the County Ground
1978 - Gillingham 0-0 Wrexham D3 Att: 10,978
1980 - Chesterfield 0-0 Gillingham D3 Att: 8,952
1983 - Southend Utd 1-1 Gillingham D3 Att: 4,553
Tony Cascarino struck for the Gills at Roots Hall
1989 - Gillingham 1-0 Northampton T D3 Att: 3,447
The winner came from Pat Gavin
1991 - Gillingham 2-2 Lincoln C D4 Att: 3,770
David Crown and Alan Walker both netted in this draw with the Imps
1995 - Preston 1-1 Gillingham D3 Att: 9,095
The one and only career goal of Joe Dunne came in this draw at Deepdale
1999 - Gillingham 2-1 Reading D2 Att: 8,195
Goals from Mark Saunders and Carl Asaba won the points against the Royals
2000 - Gillingham 1-0 Chesterfield D2 Att: 6,772
Steve Butler notched the only goal of the game
2002 - Gillingham 1-0 Crewe Alex C Att: 7,748
Marlon King won it from the penalty spot
2006 - MK Dons 1-2 Gillingham L1 Att: 6,432
Two goals in two second-half minutes from Darren Byfield and Tommy Black earned the Gills the points
2008 - Gillingham 2-1 Luton T L1 Att: 6,142
The Hatters took a first-half lead but two Simeon Jackson goals in the final 15 minutes turned things round
The following players made their Gillingham debuts in the above games...
1991 - Adrian Owers versus Lincoln C
2008 - Georges Ba and Donovan Simmonds against Luton at home
1908 - Wilf Crompton
Born in Blackburn, the outside-right had played for his home-town club before joining the Gills from Burnley in June 1934.
He made his debut on the opening day of the 1934-35 campaign against Torquay United at home in Division Three (South).
Having been an ever present, scoring seven times in 15 games, he moved to Luton Town in the November.
1909 - Joe Wiggins
Joe played non-league football with Hanwell Town and Grays Thurrock before joining Brentford.
After a spell with Leicester City he arrived at Priestfield Stadium in the summer of 1934 and like Crompton above he made his debut against Torquay.
In his one season with the club the right-back made a dozen appearances before signing for Rochdale and later played for Oldham Athletic, Stalybridge Celtic, Hurst (Ashton United) and Rhyl.
1920 - Bobby Veck
The former Southampton amateur returned to sign professional terms at the Dell in September 1945 after appearing for Leeds United, Bradford Park Avenue, St Johnstone and York City during World War Two where he served in the RAF.
In July 1950 Gillingham manager Archie Clark paid a £3000 transfer fee to bring the outside-left to the club and he made his debut in the home game against Colchester United as the Gills returned to the Football League.
He went on to score 12 times in 37 games in his single season at Priestfield, after refusing new terms he signed for Chelmsford City.
A return to Kent followed in July 1952 when he moved to Canterbury City where he featured in 138 appearances which included a Kent Senior Cup Final success before a knee injury forced him to retire.
1969 - John Hodge
John, a right-winger, had played for Falmouth Town, Exeter City, Swansea City and Walsall prior to his arrival at Priestfield on a Bosman in July 1998.
He made his debut against former club Walsall on the opening day of the season and while at Gillingham he earned the name of 'supersub' as he regularly managed to change a game.
In all he made 65 appearances for the club but 48 of those were as a substitute.
A £25,000 fee took him to Northampton Town in March 2000.
After 'googling' John it looks as if he is working for Head of Exeter City's Football in the Community scheme in Cornwall.
1971 - Andy Thomson
Andy Thomson may have only made 65 appearances for the Gills but he still managed to achieve legendary status at the club.
His extra-time header at Wembley secured the Division Two play-off final victory over Wigan Athletic in May 2000 that took the club up into the second tier of English football for the first time.
Born in Motherwell, he played for local boys' club Jerviston FC and Queen of the South before he moved south to Southend United in July 1994 when Peter Taylor splashed out a then club record fee of £250,000.
After four seasons at Roots Hall and one at Oxford United he arrived here at Priestfield in August 1999 for what Taylor, by then Gillingham boss, described as the best £25,000 he ever spent.
He scored on his Gills debut in a 2 - 1 defeat by Bury at Gigg Lane and went on to score nine league goals in 28 appearances in his first season here. On top of that he added another four goals as the club beat top flight sides Bradford City and Sheffield Wednesday en route to the first quarter-final appearance in the F.A Cup where the Gills lost against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
It was of course at the end of that season that he enjoyed his and the club's greatest day. On 28th May 2000 he came on as a 97th minute substitute for Iffy Onuora and scored with two minutes of play left on the clock to send around 40,000 Gillingham fans barmy to complete a 3-2 victory against Wigan Athletic.
Back then the club website described the goal as "The most iconic moment in the long history of Gillingham F.C. encapsulated in a few moments of extra time football".
In March 2001 he moved to Queens Park Rangers before returning to Scotland in July 2003 when he signed for Partick Thistle.
Spells followed at Falkirk, Queen of the South and Stenhousemuir before he was forced to announce his retirement from playing in March 2008.