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...


2000 - The Gills paid £200,000 for Swindon Town duo Iffy Onuora and Ty Gooden



1898 - New Brompton 3-0 Sheppey Utd     SLD1
Jack Frettingham scored twice and AE Meager added another in a comfortable home win

1910 - West Ham Utd 2-2 New Brompton  SLD1
John Taylor netted both in a draw with the Irons

1921 - Watford 3-1 Gillingham                      D3
The Gills consolation came from Archibold Roe

1927 - QPR 1-1 Gillingham                             D3S   Att: 7,714
Sam Meston was on target to earn a point in West London

1938 - Gillingham 1-0 Bristol City                 D3S   Att: 5,126
The only goal of the game came from Albert Brallisford

1949 - Gillingham 1-1 Colchester Utd         SLD1  Att: 7,953
Hughie Russell was the marksman against the Essex side

1955 - Gillingham 3-2 Walsall                       D3S   Att: 9,741
The Gills edged it thanks to goals from Paddy Sowden, Billy Millar and Ernie Morgan

1966 - Gillingham 1-0 Swindon Town       D3   Att: 7,705
Ralph Miller notched the winner against Town

1972 - Hartlepool 3-1 Gillingham               D4   Att: 2,932
A lone goal from Dave Galvin wasn't enough up in the North-East

1974 - Newport Co 3-3 Gillingham            D4   Att: 5,888
George Jacks, Alan Wilks and Dave Peach all found the net at Somerton Park

1983 - Gillingham 0-2 Lincoln City            D3   Att: 5,535

1985 - Bournemouth 2-0 Gillingham        D3   Att: 5,305
Gills duo Terry Cochrane and Dave Shearer were both dismissed in this defeat

1986 - Reading 1-2 Gillingham                  D3   Att: 10,885
The Gills claimed a fine win over the league leaders at Elm Park thanks to terrific goals from David Byrne and Karl Elsey

1987 - Gillingham 4-0 Walsall                   D3   Att: 6,003
Howard Pritchard struck a great hat-trick and Karl Elsey was on target again as the Gills romped to victory

1988 - Southend Utd 1-3 Gillingham       D3   Att: 5,581
Gavin Peacock, Mark Cooper and Steve Lovell all struck at Roots Hall

1990 - Hereford Utd 1-2 Gillingham         D4   Att: 2,759
Peter Heritage and Peter Johnson were the scorers against the Bulls

1991 - Stockport Co 1-1 Gillingham        D4   Att: 2,859
A Peter Beadle effort earned a point at Edgeley Park
1992 - Gillingham 2-1 Hereford Utd        D4   Att: 3,203
Steve Lovell (again) and Neil Smith netted as the Gills claimed the points

1994 - Gillingham 1-0 Bury                       D3   Att: 3,576
Neil Smillie netted the only goal of the game

1996 - Leyton Orient 0-1 Gillingham          D3   Att: 7,090
Leo Fortune-West notched the only goal of the game at Brisbane Road

2001 - Portsmouth 0-0 Gillingham             C     Att: 14,446

2005 - Gillingham 0-0 Reading                    C     Att: 8,570
Wind and driving rain ruined this game as a spectacle with neither side creating too many chances

2007 - Millwall 4-1 Gillingham              L1     Att: 10,055
Gary Mulligan put the Gills into a 10th minute lead but the Lions struck back, mainly through a Darren Byfield treble

2008 - Leyton Orient 0-0 Gillingham  L1     Att: 5,369
Goalkeepers Simon Royce and Stuart Nelson proved to be the stars as the Gills battled for a point

2011 - Gillingham 1-0 Stevenage       L2     Att: 5,429
Adebayo Akinfenwa nodded home Danny Spiller's 38th minute cross to secure the win

2013 - Southend U 0-1 Gillingham     L2      Att: 7,498
The Gills winner came from Chris Whelpdale in the third minute



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

1927 - Stan Hillier away at QPR

1938 - John Jones v Bristol C

1987 - Mark Beeney v Walsall

1992 - Austin Berkley v Hereford

2013 - Leon Legge at Southend



1914 - Jim Watson

The forward, who had played for Tunbridge Wells Rangers earlier in his career, joined the Gills from Northampton Town in August 1935  and ironically made his debut against the Cobblers shortly afterwards.

He scored his first goal in a 2-1 win at Bournemouth early in October and went on to score 45 goals, which included five hat-tricks, in 120 games for the club.

In July 1938 he moved to Notts County and was later with both Bristol Rovers and Brighton & HA.

1976 - Jon Bass

The right-back came to Priestfield in March 2000 on loan from Birmingham City, who he'd joined as a schoolboy.

He made his debut away at Colchester United, the first of seven appearances.

Jon later played for Hartlepool United, Pahang FA (Malaysia), Bristol Rovers and Salisbury City.