Richard Day reviews this day in the club's historyNews relevant to Gillingham FC on this day in history, games, players, debuts etc...
1988 - Oxford United agreed to pay £285,000 for Gills centre-half Colin Greenall
1902 - Swindon T 1-1 New Brompton SLD1
Jack Frettingham found the net in Wiltshire
1908 - New Brompton 2-2 Crystal Palace SLD1
Goals from James Hartley and F Spriggs earned a point
1913 - Swindon T 2-1 Gillingham SLD1
A John Boden wasn't enough against the Robins
1930 - Gillingham 5-2 Northampton T D3S Att: 4,665
Andrew Durnion scored four and Fred Cheesmur added another in this rout of the Cobblers. Former Brentford centre-forward Durnion's tally saw him become the first Gills player to register four goals in a Football League game.
1936 - Luton Town 1-2 Gillingham D3S Att: 12,276
Fred Fisher and Dick Doncaster netted in the win at Kenilworth Road
1939 - Folkestone 0-0 Gillingham SLC2
1958 - Swindon T 1-1 Gillingham D3S Att: 13,141
Scot Joe Hutton scored in this draw at the County Ground
1964 - Halifax Town 0-0 Gillingham D4 Att: 2,080
1966 - Gillingham 4-2 Ipswich Town Fr Att: 3,587
New signing Bill Brown hit a hat-trick and Brian Gibbs added the other in this friendly victory
1977 - Gillingham 2-1 Shrewsbury T D3 Att: 4,798
Goals from Damien Richardson and Danny Westwood earned the points
1983 - Gillingham 3-1 Chesterfield D3 Att: 2,187
Phil Handford, Steve Bruce and Tony Cascarino all struck to topple the Spireites
1985 - Wigan Ath 3-3 Gillingham D3 Att: 5,017
A point was gained at Springfield Park thanks to efforts from Karl Elsey, Mark Weatherly and Dave Mehmet
1991 - Cardiff City 2-0 Gillingham D4 Att: 2,170
1992 - Gillingham 5-1 Rotherham Utd D4 Att: 2,488
The Gills thumped the Millers thanks to a hat-trick from Steve Lovell, plus other goals from Mark Dempsey and David Crown
1997 - York City 2-3 Gillingham D2 Att: 2,748
Iffy Onuora, Simon Ratcliffe and Ade Akinbiyi were all on target at Bootham Crescent
2003 - Gillingham 3-0 Grimsby Town C Att: 7,158
Rod Wallace hit two and Chris Hope notched the other in a comfortable victory
1920 - Bill Collins
Born and raised in Belfast, Buster played for Belfast Celtic, Distillery and Luton Town before joining the Gills, along with the Burtenshaw brothers Bill and Charlie, for a combined fee of £10,000 in October 1949.
He made his debut for the club at Worcester City and went on to make a total of 51 appearances for the club, including 13 games as the club returned to the Football League in the 1950-51 season.
After his two years at Priestfield, Buster moved to Kent League side Snowdon Colliery Welfare where he spent five seasons as a player, even then he continued to work for the Gills in a scouting capacity.
In 1957 he returned to Gillingham as Reserve Team Coach under new Manager Harry Barratt, a position he held for ten years before Barratt's successor Freddie Cox, asked him to take charge of the club's first youth scheme in 1965.
Buster held that post for 20 years during which time he played a pivotal role in nurturing the talents of Dave Peach, Dick Tydeman, Steve Bruce, Micky Adams and many more.
He also held the positions of first-team trainer and kit manager.
Bill was awarded two testimonials by the club, against Arsenal in 1983 and Manchester United a decade later to mark his retirement at the age of 73.
Aged 90, he died peacefully at his Twydall home in November 2010.