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...


1895 - New Brompton 6-0 Maidenhead      SLD2
Arthur Rule hit two while WE Thomas, Harry Buckland, Dave Hutcheson and Joe Dickenson also scored in an emphatic win

1907 - Brighton & HA 4-1 New Brompton  SLD1
A goal from Daws wasn't enough on the South coast

1910 - New Brompton 2-2 Leyton                FAC1R
Albert Court and Arthur Pickett netted but couldn't prevent
another replay

1924 - Gillingham 0-0 Luton Town               D3S

1929 - Bristol Rovers 2-4 Gillingham          D3S   Att: 4,913
Bill Hanney, Arthur Dominy (2) and Jim Poxton all found the net in an impressive away triumph

1935 - Northampton T 2-1 Gillingham        D3S   Att: 3,783
A Harry Anstiss effort wasn't enough at the County Ground

1946 - Gillingham 11-1 Snowdown C        WKL
Hat-tricks from Dave Thomas and Vic Hole, doubles from Johnny Warsap and Tug Wilson and one from Stan Trumper saw the Gills coast to victory

1952 - Reading 2-1 Gillingham                D3S   Att: 13,670
Thomas was again on the mark at Elm Park

1957 - Bournemouth 3-1 Gillingham     D3S   Att: 10,002
Ernie Morgan netted in this defeat

1980 - Gillingham 1-1 Carlisle Utd       D3      Att: 5,106
A Danny Westwood goal wasn't sufficient to take all the points from the Cumbrians

1987 - Wigan Athletic 2-1 Gillingham  FAC3   Att: 3,459
The Gills went out despite a Colin Greenall penalty

1988 - Chatham T 0-4 Gillingham         Fr        Att: 400
Mark Weatherly, John Stinson (2) and Ian Docker all found the net at Maidstone Road

2002 - Preston NE 0-2 Gillingham         C        Att: 13,289
Goals from Simon Osborn and Paul Smith paved the way for victory at Deepdale

2008 - Gillingham 0-1 Northampton T   L1   Att: 5,579

2010 - Accrington S 1-0 Gillingham  FAC3   Att: 1,322


1894 - Jonah Wilcox

The centre-forward signed from QPR in August 1927 and made the first of his 60 appearances at the Valley against Charlton in the first game of the season.

He scored the first of his 30 goals for the club in the next match, a 3-3 draw at QPR.
On leaving the Gills, Jonah who'd previously played for Bristol City, Bradford Park Avenue, New Brighton and Bristol Rovers, joined Kidderminster Harriers in July 1929.

1934 - Ron Newman

Freddie Cox brought the former Portsmouth winger to Gillingham from Crystal Palace in September 1963.

He scored on his debut in a 2-1 home win over Darlington and three months later he registered a hat-trick in a 5-1 victory over Southport at Priestfield.

He went on to score 22 times in 101 games before embarking on a playing then coaching career with a number of clubs in the U.S.A

1972 - Simon Osborn

The experienced midfielder, who had played for Crystal Palace, Reading and Wolves amongst others, joined the Gills in October 2001 and made his debut as a late substitute against Norwich City.

He went on to score five times in 49 games for the club before having spells at Walsall, where was assistant-manager to Paul Merson at one point, and Hereford United.

Simon returned to Kent with Bromley in September 2006 and later had a three month spell as player-manager at Hayes Lane but resigned in April 2008.

Time at Croydon Athletic and Cray Wanderers followed and his most recent next port of call was as player-coach at Erith & Belvedere in 2010

1976 - Gareth Knott

The right-winger came to Gillingham on loan from Tottenham Hotspur in February 1995 and made his debut against Northampton Town at Priestfield Stadium.

He went on to make five appearances for the club before returning to White Hart Lane.

Following his release from Spurs the former Welsh youth international returned to Wales and played for a number of sides, the 36-year-old is still playing for table-topping Ynysddu Crusaders AFC in the Welsh Autoparts Gwent County Division 3.

1991 - Tom Murphy

The young striker stepped up from the youth team to make one senior appearance for the Gills when replacing Andy Barcham as a second-half substitute against Colchester United in the Johnstone Paints Trophy.

After leaving the club he has played for Lewes, Thurrock, Farnborough Town, Horsham and has been with Margate since February 2012.