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...


1974 - Left-back and penalty king David Peach left the Gills for Southampton for a club record £50,000 fee

2004 - Striker Patrick Agyemang signed for Gillingham in a £150,000 deal from Wimbledon



1894 - Ashford Utd 1-3 New Brompton      Fr

1900 - New Brompton 0-3 QPR                 SLD1

1906 - New Brompton 2-1 Northampton T  SLD1
Arthur Beadsworth and Bill Marriott netted to secure the points

1923 - Gillingham 3-0 Newport County      D3S
Charlie Freeman,Wally Batiste and John Henderson were all on target as the Gills cruised to victory

1940 - Dover 5-3 Gillingham                    KSC1
A Hickson hat-trick wasn't enough down on the Kent coast

1951 - Gillingham 3-1 Watford                  D3S  Att: 10,036
Dave Thomas, Bobby Veck and an Eggleston own goal were enough against the Hornets

1962 - York City 4-0 Gillingham                D4    Att: 5,456

1973 - Gillingham 2-0 Hartlepool               D4    Att: 2,772
Dave Galvin and Damien Richardson both scored to ensure a long journey home for the visitors

1978 - Colchester Utd 1-1 Gillingham        D3    Att: 6,447
Young Irish winger Pat Walker found the net at Layer Road

1979 - Gillingham 3-2 Tranmere R            D3   Att: 5,480
Ken Price, Danny Westwood, a penalty, and Terry Nicholl were the marksmen in this win

1990 - Gillingham 3-1 Doncaster Rov.       D4   Att: 3,817
The Gills won thanks to goals from Peter Heritage, Rufus Brevett (own goal) and Mark O'Connor

1993 - Huddersfield T 2-1 Gillingham   FAC3R   Att: 5,144
Richard Green netted from the penalty spot at Leeds Road

1996 - Gillingham 2-0 Lincoln City            D3   Att: 8,040
Leo Fortune-West and Simon Ratcliffe were the scorers against the Imps

2001 - Gillingham 0-0 Burnley                   C   Att: 9,331

2007 - Gillingham 0-2 Doncaster R           L1   Att: 6,202


The following player made his Gillingham debut in the above games...

1978- Pat Walker at Colchester



1905- James McWhirr

The Partick born outside-right signed for the Gills in May 1925 from Glaswegian outfit Ashfield but didn't make his debut until early the following season at Merthyr Town.

He spent one season at Priestfield making just six appearances.

In August 1926 James joined Norwich City.

1927- Ernie Morgan

Ernie played for his local colliery side Royston before turning down other clubs to join Lincoln City on a part-time basis in September 1949.

His next move brought him to Priestfield in a £3,000 deal in August 1953 and, as a full time professional, he went on to write his name in the clubs record books.

After making his debut at Bristol City he went on to net 77 goals in 163 appearances which included a club record 31 league goals in the 1954-55 season, and netted twice more in cup games.

The centre-forward was forced to retire in September 1957  and went on to coach/manage at Chatham Town, Dartford, Maidstone United and Tonbridge.

1983 - Gavin Tomlin

The Dagenham & Redbridge forward was signed on loan for the remainder of the season in January 2012 and after making his debut at Shrewsbury Town he went on to score six times in 10 appearances.

He joined League Two rivals Southend United in the summer.

1989- Jacob Erskine

Jacob had been on loan at a number of non-league sides from Dagenham & Redbridge before joining Bromley.

After impressing Gills boss Mark Stimson in a friendly, he signed a one-year deal in August 2009 and made his debut as a late substitute against Swindon Town on the opening day of the season.

He made just six appearances for Gillingham, five as sub, before being released at the end of the season.

Spells at more non-league clubs have followed, including Ebbsfleet United, and he is currently plying his trade at Blue Square Bet South Dartford.

1993- Tom Brunt

Tom failed to make a first-team appearance during his time here at Priestfield having progressed through the ranks to sign his first professional contract although he had loan spells at Ashford United and Leatherhead.

Having been released by Martin Allen in January 2013 the young midfielder joined Nicky Southall’s Whitstable Town.