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...


1898- Southampton 4-1 New Brompton   SLD1
Dave Hutcheson scored in this defeat by the Saints

1910 - Southampton 1-1 New Brompton  SLD1
This time a John Taylor goal earned a point

1921 - Brentford 3-3 Gillingham                  D3
Two goals from George Needham and one from Arthur Wood helped the Gills to a share of the points

1927 - Gillingham 1-0 Bournemouth          D3S    Att: 1,740
Stanley Hillier netted the only goal of the game

1938 - Gillingham 0-0 Mansfield T              D3S    Att: 5,590

1949 - Gravesend & N 0-1 Gillingham       SLD1  Att: 5,871
Gills Jackie Carr scored the winner

1955 - Gillingham 5-1 Reading                    D3S   Att: 6,160
Two goals apiece from Billy Millar and Jimmy Scarth plus another by Billy Evans were too much for the Biscuitmen

1972 - Workington 1-1 Gillingham             D4      Att: 2,405
A Bill Williams goal earned a point at Borough Park

1977 - Reading 1-2 Gillingham                   D3   Att: 6,390
Ken Price and John Crabbe were on target in this victory at Elm Park

1983 - Gillingham 1-1 Wrexham                  D3   Att: 3,798
Micky Adams netted in this draw with the Red Dragons

1986 - Derby County 0-2 Gillingham           FRT   Att: 3,721
The Gills progressed thanks to goals from Martin Robinson and Tony Cascarino

1991 - Ashford T 2-3 Gillingham                           Att: 160
Garry Kimble, Tony Eeles and Paul Burke scored in a testimonial at Homelands

1994 - Gillingham 1-1 Walsall                     D3    Att: 3,211
Paul Baker was the marksman in this draw with the Saddlers

2000 - Gillingham 1-3 Blackpool             D2     Att: 6,805
A Nicky Southall strike couldn't prevent a home reversal

2005 - Leicester City 2-0 Gillingham      C      Att: 23,457

2008 - Gillingham 0-0 Oldham Ath          L1    Att: 4,402
The Gills gained a point despite having keeper Simon Royce sent off seven minutes before half-time

2011 - Torquay Utd 1-1 Gillingham          L2    Att: 2,368
Luke Rooney netted an 87th minute equaliser for the Gills after Elliot Benyon's early opener



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

1977 - John Crabbe at Reading

1983 - Billy Lansdowne versus Wrexham at home



1914 - Syd Hartley

The right-back was signed from Clapton Orient in June 1936 and he made his debut early the following season against Bournemouth.

Syd went on to score once in 82 matches for the Gills before joining Bristol Rovers in May 1938.

1942 - John Jervis

The former Blackburn Rovers forward came to Gillingham in July 1961 but was to make just one appearance for the club.

That was the infamous league game at Barrow in October 1961 when travelling difficulties saw the Gills not only arrive late but get hammered 7-0 in a game abandoned after 76 minutes through bad light - however the result stood.

He returned to his native north-west with Stalybridge Celtic the following summer.

1983 - Michael Phillips

The attacking midfielder came through the ranks at Priestfield but made just one first-team appearance as a substitute at home to Blackburn Rovers in May 2001.

Unfortunately his early career was blighted by injuries but he has since played for a number of non-league sides, mostly in Kent, and is currently in a second spell at Maidstone United.