Richard Day reviews this day in the club's history

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


1896 - Luton Town 8-1 New Brompton     SLD1
A rampant Town ran riot with Arthur Gladwell getting the consolation

1903 - New Brompton 1-0 Portsmouth     SLD1
Charlie Satterthwaite notched the only goal of the game

1908 - Southampton 2-0 New Brompton  SLD1

1914 - Plymouth Arg 1-0 Gillingham          SLD1

1925 - Swansea T 2-0 Gillingham                D3S

1931 - Coventry C 1-2 Gillingham               D3S   Att: 7,031
Bill White and George Pateman netted as the Gills won at Highfield Road

1936 - Bristol C 2-1 Gillingham                   D3S   Att: 6,065
A Jim Watson goal wasn't enough to earn a point

1947 - Gillingham 0-0 Guildford C             SLD1   Att: 10,572

1953 - Reading 3-2 Gillingham                   D3S   Att: 12,267
The Gills lost at Elm Park despite goals from Rex Cherry and Paddy Sowden

1958 - Gillingham 2-0 Southend Utd       D3S   Att: 7,450
Bob Taylor and Jim Fletcher struck to see off the Essex side

1959 - Chester 1-2 Gillingham                  D4   Att: 5,513
The Gills earned victory at Sealand Road thanks to goals from Bill Patrick and Pat Terry

1969 - Oldham Ath 1-0 Gillingham         D3   Att: 5,507

1970 - Gillingham 0-2 Stockport Co       D3   Att: 5,614

1972 - Doncaster R 1-1 Gillingham        D4   Att: 2,769
An Alan Wilks goal secured a point in South Yorkshire

1978 - Gillingham 1-1 Port Vale             D3   Att: 7,627
Ken Price was the scorer against the Valiants

1986 - Gillingham 3-0 Rotherham U     D3   Att: 4,525
Derek Hales, Mark Weatherly and Martin Robinson all found the net in a comfortable home win

1987 - Gillingham 2-1 Doncaster R        D3   Att: 3,501
Goals from Karl Elsey and Tony Cascarino saw the Gills edge out Rovers

1988 - Gillingham 1-2 Northampton T     D3   Att: 4,131
A Steve Lovell goal couldn't prevent the Cobblers walking off with the points

1989 - Gillingham 0-1 Bolton W                D3   Att: 3,081

1992 - Scarborough 2-1 Gillingham         D4   Att: 1,174
The chips were down at the McCain Stadium despite a David Crown effort

1994 - Gillingham 2-2 Chester C              D3   Att: 3,165
Paul Baker and Steve Butler both scored in this home draw

1995 - Gillingham 1-1 Bury                      D4   Att: 2,957
A debut goal from former Colchester United forward Steve Brown was only enough for a point

1998 - Grimsby T 0-0 Gillingham            D2   Att: 5,500

2009 - Gillingham 0-2 Barnet                  L2   Att: 6,033



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

1953 - Maurice Moorcroft at Reading

1989 - Ricky Pearson versus Bolton

1995 - Steve Brown against Bury at Priestfield

2009 - Josh Wright at home to Barnet



1986 - Jon Wallis

Born in Gravesend, Jon started his playing career at Chelsea playing for their under 12 side before signing scholarship forms with the Gills.

He progressed through the youth and reserve ranks and had a couple of spells at Hastings United on both work experience and loan deals before boss Neale Cooper gave him his first-team debut in the Football League Trophy tie with Crawley Town in October 2005.

After making 20 appearances in total for the Gills he signed for Hereford United in July 2006.

Loan spells at both Dover Athletic and Dagenham & Redbridge were followed by a permanent deal at the Crabble.

Jon won successive promotions with the Whites but then moved to Dartford in May 2011 where he continues to perform.