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...


1905 - New Brompton 3-0 Fulham               SLD1
Goals from Walter Leigh, John Morris and P Travers proved too much for the West London side

1907 - Burton Utd 0-2 New Brompton         FAC1R2
A Wood own goal and a James Hartley effort ensured progression into the next round at the third attempt

1911 - New Brompton 1-1 West Ham Utd  SLD1
John Taylor netted to earn a point with the Irons

1922 - QPR 1-0 Gillingham                             D3S

1928 - Gillingham 3-1 Plymouth Arg            D3S  Att: 4,473
Jonah Wilcox netted twice and Enos Bromage added the other against the Pilgrims

1933 - Gillingham 5-2 Aldershot T                D3S  Att: 4,924
By George – without a shadow of a doubt! George's Purcell, Nicol and Kidd were all on target along with James Liddle and Sim Raleigh

1956 - Brighton & HA 5-0 Gillingham          D3S   Att: 17,192

1961 - Aldershot 0-1 Gillingham                  D4      Att: 6,310
Fred Morris got the winner at the Recreation Ground

1961 - Gillingham 'A' 3-2 Tunbridge W        Seanglian Lge

1967 - Bournemouth 1-0 Gillingham           D3     Att: 4,937

1978 - Gillingham 3-1 Cambridge Utd        D3     Att: 10,541
Ken Price notched two and Damien Richardson was the other marksmen against the U's

1985 - Gillingham 2-1 Cardiff City               FAC3   Att: 5,452
Goals from Martin Robinson and John Leslie knocked the Bluebirds out of the cup

1989 - Sheffield Utd 4-2 Gillingham           D3       Att: 9,336
Gary West and Mark Cooper scored in the defeat at Bramall Lane

1992 - Gillingham 1-2 Ashford T                 KSC2   Att: 537
A Steve Lovell goal wasn't enough to prevent a Nuts N' Bolts victory

1997 - Gillingham 0-2 Derby County          FAC3   Att: 9,508

2006 - Oldham Ath. 2-0 Gillingham            L1        Att: 5,783



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

1989 - Mark Stimson at Sheff Utd



1924 - Jack Day

The goalkeeper played locally for Northfleet Youth Club, then Erith & Belvedere before coming to Gillingham in 1946 and he made his Gills debut in a Kent League Cup qualifier against Shorts Sports in April 1946.

After just a handful of games in two years he left and had spells at Walthamstow Avenue, Shrewsbury Town, Fulham and Brighton & HA before returning to Priestfield in July 1949 and he share the goalkeeping duties with John Burke in that Southern League season.

In the following campaign he made his one and only Football League appearance at home to Aldershot in April 1951.

1951 - Dave Peach

Dave scored 31 goals for the Gills which is not bad for a left-back although 15 of them did come from the penalty spot.

Born in Harrold, he played for Chelsea as a schoolboy then local side Bedford Town before signing apprentice forms here at Priestfield in May 1966 just shortly before he was one of the ball-boys at Wembley for the 1966 World Cup Final.

His goalscoring abilities started as a member of the youth team here at Gillingham and he was second top scorer in both1967-68 (12 goals) and 1968-69 (15 goals) in the South East Counties League, scoring 12 and 15 goals respectively.

In September 1969 the full-back not only signed his first professional contract but also scored on his Gillingham debut in a 3-1 home loss against Barnsley.

Having scored on his first appearance he also scored on the last of his 205 games as the Gills won 3-1 away at Darlington on 12th January 1974. Despite leaving the club at that point he was still selected in the PFA 1973-74 Division 4 team of the year.

Shortly after the game at Feethams he was on the move becoming Lawrie McMenemy's first signing as he joined then top flight Southampton for £50,000, which was at the time, a club record fee received for a player.

Just over two years later, Peach was playing in the 1976 F.A Cup Final when of course the South Coast side famously beat Manchester United thanks to a Bobby Stokes goal.

While he was at the Dell, Peach also won England honours at both Under-21 and B level.

He then had spells with both Swindon Town and Leyton Orient before leaving the professional game.

David remained close to his New Forest home and held various playing and managerial positions at Andover, Wellworthy Athletic, Christchurch, AFC Lymington and Dorchester Town.

1979 - Georges Ba

The Ivory Coast international played for numerous French clubs before joining Israel’s Maccabi Netanya in 2007.

After a trial at Leeds United he was signed by Mark Stimson here at Gillingham in April 2007 and made his debut as a second-half substitute for Adam Miller in a home game with Luton Town. In all he made four appearances, three as sub, before returning to the Israeli outfit.

Since then he has gone back to France and played for AC Ajaccio, SJA Le Poire-sur-Vie and most recently SS Saint-Louisienne.



1988 - George Kidd

The Scot played for home town club Dundee North End before moving to Charlton Athletic for the 1931-32 campaign.

In March 1932 he came to Gillingham and made his debut away at QPR.

He went on to make 124 appearances, scoring twice, before joining Luton Town in April 1935.

George died in Tonbridge on this day in 1988.