Richard Day reviews this day in the club's history

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


1894 - New Brompton 10-2 Sittingbourne  CCC

1900 - Bedminster 3-1 New Brompton        SLD1
Andrew Swan got the consolation in the West Country

1912 - Coventry City 3-2 New Brompton     SLD1
Dick Goffin and CW Johns were the scorers at Highfield Road

1934 - Newport Co 3-1 Gillingham                 D3S   Att: 3,589
The Gills goal came from Alan Scott

1937 - Gillingham 2-2 Exeter City                  D3S   Att: 3,464
Alf Wheeler and William Duncan netted against the Grecians

1940 - Gillingham 7-2 Aylesford PM             KRL
Goals from Lee (3), Keenan (2), Tug Wilson and a Fred Herbert penalty helped the Gills to an easy win

1949 - Lovell's Athletic 1-1 Gillingham       SLD1
George Piper was on target in South Wales

1951 - Gillingham 0-0 Crystal Palace          D3S   Att: 11,478

1954 - Norwich City 0-0 Gillingham              D3S   Att: 6,697

1962 - Bradford C 5-2 Gillingham                 D4   Att: 4,501
The two Gills goals in the defeat at Valley Parade came from Gordon Pulley and Ronnie Waldock

1968 - Gillingham 1-0 Oldham Ath             D3   Att: 4,186
Mel Machin scored the winner against the Latics

1971 - Gills Res 0-2 Arsenal                        FC

1973 - Gillingham 1-0 Exeter City               D4   Att: 4,695
Dave Peach converted a penalty against the Grecians

1976 - Rotherham Utd 2-0 Gillingham      D3   Att: 4,462

1979 - Hull City 0-1 Gillingham                   D3   Att: 4,345
The only goal of the game came from Ken Price

1986 - Gillingham 2-0 Cambridge Utd  FRTQ/F   Att: 1,812
Paul Collins and Joe Hinnigan both scored to ensure progression into the semi-final

1996 - Cardiff City 2-0 Gillingham          D3          Att: 3,028

1998 - Gillingham 1-0 Northampton T  D2          Att: 6,405
A Guy Butters spot-kick was the difference between the two sides

2001 - Gillingham 0-2 Fulham                 C           Att: 9,931

2007 - Scunthorpe Utd 3-1 Gillingham      L1       Att: 5,312
A Matty Jarvis goal wasn't enough at Glanford Park



1914 - Cyril Walker

The former Hitchin Town forward came to Priestfield from Watford in May 1937 but had to wait until the opening day of the following season before making his debut at Bristol City.

After appearing in the first 11 games of the season, in which he scored three times, he moved to Sheffield Wednesday in the October.

He later returned to Kent and played for Snowdown Colliery Welfare, Dartford, Chatham Town and Margate before managing Beckenham Town.

1989 - Adam Bygrave

The young centre-half joined the Gills on loan from Reading in November 2007 and made his debut against Hartlepool United at Priestfield.

After making 16 appearances his loan spell was cut short and he returned to the Madejski Stadium late in March.

Following his release by the Royals, Adam has played for Weymouth, Histon, Farnborough Town and is currently in a second spell at Hayes & Yeading.



1969 - Cuthbert 'Clive' Wigmore

The half-back had previously been at Dinnington, Barnsley and Aston Villa before arriving at Gillingham in the summer of 1920.

He made his debut against Southampton at Priestfield on the opening day of the season and went on to make nine appearances.

Clive died in North Anston on this day in 1969.