News relevant to the club on this day previously

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


1907 - Bury 1-0 New Brompton            FAC2   Att: 10,019

1924 - Gillingham 1-0 Reading             D3S
George Smith scored the match-winner

1929 - Walsall 4-0 Gillingham              D3S   Att: 3,777

1935 - Watford 3-1 Gillingham             D3S   Att: 9622
Bill Baldwin got on the scoresheet at Vicarage Road

1946 - Gillingham 6-1 Royal Marines  KL
Dave Thomas smashed five and Bill Hales added the other as the Gills cruised to victory

1952 - Gillingham 2-3 Brighton & HA  D3S  Att: 15,538
Thomas was on target again, along with Bill Burtenshaw but Albion took the points

1957 - Gillingham 1-1 Torquay Utd     D3S   Att: 4,710
Ron Clark netted against the West Country side

1982 - Burnley 1-0 Gillingham              D3    Att: 5,848

1985 - Gillingham 1-1 Swansea C      D3    Att: 4,851
A Martin Robinson effort wasn't enough to deny the Swans a point

1988 - Gillingham 1-1 Grimsby T         D3   Att: 2,990
Mark Cooper increased his tally against the Mariners

1991 - Gillingham 2-1 Hereford Utd      D4   Att: 3,252
Alan Walker and Mark O'Connor found the net as the Gills edged to victory

2002 - Coventry City 1-2 Gillingham     C     Att: 14,337
A wonder goal from Iffy Onuora was added to by Marlon King in a good win at Highfield Road

2008 - Gillingham 0-0 Cheltenham T   L1   Att: 4,993
The Gills controlled the match and had the better chances but failed to find a way past Robins keeper Shane Higgs and his defence



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

1929 - John Rutherford at Walsall

1982 - Tony Cascarino against Burnley at Turf Moor

2008 - Simeon Jackson versus Cheltenham



1903 - Jimmy Poxton

The Staveley born outside-left joined the Gills from WBA in March 1928 and made his debut against Southend United at home.

He remained with the club until the end of the following season, scoring nine times in 44 games, before joining Millwall in May 1929.

1962 - Gary Sutton

Born in Folkestone, Gary played for Shepway Schools and Kent as youngster and joined Gillingham as an apprentice in July 1978.

The goalkeeper signed professional terms in February 1980 and made his debut against Colchester United at Layer Road 10 months later.

After 17 appearances in three seasons at the club, he found himself as understudy to the legendary Ron Hillyard, he left the club in the summer of 1983 joining Kent Police.



1992 - Tommy Kingsnorth

The centre half had played for Lloyds Paper Mills before joining the Gills in September 1946 and making his debut against Yeovil Town at home the following month.

He was a member of the team that twice won the Southern League title and was runners-up once before the club were re-elected into the Football League in the summer of 1950.

Having scored 11 goals in 194 appearances he joined hometown club Sittingbourne in September 1951.

It was in the Swale town that Tommy died on this day in 1992.