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...


1904 - New Brompton 1-1 Kettering           SLD1
A J Robertson goal earned a point

1909 - Southend Utd 1-0 New Brompton  SLD1

1915 - Gillingham 1-3 Brighton & HA         SLD1
P Glen scored in this home defeat

1926 - QPR 0-1 Gillingham                            D3S   Att: 7,287
Dick Edmed notched the winner at Loftus Road

1932 - Gillingham 4-0 Southend Utd         D3S    Att: 5,353
Hugh Vallance hit a hat-trick and George Scott was also on target as the Essex side were easily beaten

1937 - Gillingham 2-1 Watford                   D3S    Att: 8,320
The Gills won thanks to goals from James Dodds and Alf Wheeler

1954 - Gillingham 3-1 Southend Utd       D3S   Att: 7,557
Ernie Morgan hit two and Jimmy Scarth was also on target in another win against Southend

1960 - Gillingham 2-0 Darlington             D4     Att: 5,747
A Pat Terry double ensured a pointless return for the Quakers

1961 - Carlisle Utd 1-3 Gillingham             D4   Att: 3,364
Pat Terry was on the score-sheet again, along with John Shepherd and Gordon Pulley at Brunton Park

1965 - Gillingham 5-1 Workington           D3   Att: 9,089
The Gills hammered the Reds thanks to a hat-trick from Rodney Green plus further goals from Brian Gibbs and Charlie Rackstraw

1976 - Walsall 1-1 (Aban) Gillingham                   D3  
This game at Fellows Park had to be abandoned shortly after the half-hour mark as gale-force winds removed roof panelling from the Main Stand

1978 - Wrexham 3-3 Gillingham              D3   Att: 16,281
Ken Price scored twice and Damien Richardson was also on target at the Racecourse Ground

1982 - Barking 1-3 Gillingham          FAC2R   Att: 4,770
The plucky non-leaguers took the Gills to extra-time in the replay (played at Gillingham) before goals from Steve Bruce, Ken Price again and Colin Powell eventually proved too much for them.

1988 - Gillingham 2-2 Fulham                  D3   Att: 5,918
Mark Cooper hit both goals to earn a point

1989 - Wigan Athletic 3-0 Gillingham    D3   Att: 3,090

1993 - Gillingham 0-0 Huddersfield T    FAC3   Att: 5,413

1999 - Gillingham 1-0 Blackpool              D2      Att: 7,022
Nicky Southall scored the only goal of the game in the 87th minute against the Tangerines

2006 - Huddersfield T 0-0 Gillingham     L1      Att: 11,483
A resolute defensive performance, backed up by an in-form Jason Brown, helped the Gills earn a point at the Galpharm Stadium

2012 – Gillingham 1-0 Aldershot Town   L2      Att: 5,432
Danny Jackman scored the winner in the first minute of the second-half



1896 - Arthur Cropper

The Birmingham-born forward joined the Gills from Clapton Orient in July 1932 and made his debut at Brighton & HA on the opening day.

In his one season with the club he scored three times in 19 games before moving onto Yarmouth Town in September 1933.

1907 - Laurie Fishlock

Born at Battersea on January 2, 1907, Laurie went on to prove adept at both cricket and football  at a top level.

As a cricketer he played for Surrey and played in four tests for England

He had already won an England amateur cap as an outside-left while playing football for Dulwich Hamlet.

As a professional footballer he played for Crystal Palace, Aldershot, Millwall, Southampton, where he was top goalscorer in the 1934-35 season, and Fulham before arriving at Priestfield in January 1938.

Gills manager Bill Harvey brought him to the club and he made his debut in a 1-1 draw at Watford.

The first of his two goals, in 20 appearances, came in a 2-1 home win over Exeter City, two games later.

1958 - Gary Armstrong

The left-back joined the Gills as an apprentice in July 1975 and turned professional 12 months later.

He made his debut in the away game at Grimsby Town on the final day of the season in April 1976.

After 92 appearances a fee of £18,000 saw him move to Wimbledon in March 1980.

Following spells at Gravesend & Northfleet, KePS in Finland and Barnet he returned to Priestfield Stadium in November 1983 and added another 10 games to his tally for the Gills.

At the start of the following season he was on the move again, Crewe Alexandra being his next club.

On departing Gresty Road he returned south and played for a number of non-league sides.

1968 - Paul Stephenson

The winger came through the ranks with Newcastle United before a £300,000 move to Millwall in November 1988.

He joined Glenn Roeder's Gills on loan in November 1992 making his debut in the home game with Darlington.

Paul scored two goals in 14 games for the club in his five month spell at Priestfield.

Decent spells followed at Brentford, York City and Hartlepool United and it was at Victoria Park, having retired as a player, that he joined the coaching staff initially as assistant youth team coach.

When manager Martin Scott departed Stephenson was put in caretaker charge of the club.

After time at Norwich City he was appointed Development Coach at Huddersfield Town and he is still at the Galpharm currently in the role of first-team coach.

1971 - Dave McDonald

Dave is another loanee who joined the Gills from Tottenham Hotspur in September 1990 and made the first of his dozen appearances on the trip to York City.

After returning to White Hart Lane he won Eire Under-21 and B honours but failed to win a regular place with Spurs and found himself being farmed out on loan once again.

In August 1993 he moved to Peterborough United on a permanent basis but his best spell in the Football League came at Barnet.

He later had spells at a number of non-league clubs around the Home Counties.

1992 - Paulo Gazzaniga

The young goalkeeper joined the Gills in the summer having been released by Spanish giants Valencia.

Argentine Paulo made his first-team debut last season against Barnet in the Johnstone Paints Trophy at MEMS Priestfield in October.

Having made just 22 appearances for the Gills he signed for Premier League Southampton in the summer and has made more than 10 appearances for the Saints