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 - New Brompton 2-0 Wolverton LNWR     SLD1
Bill Ford and Jim Stuart scored the goals against the bottom club

1910 - New Brompton 1-3 Croydon Common  SLD1
An Albert Court goal couldn't prevent a home defeat

1921 - Gillingham 1-0 Bristol Rovers   D3
George Needham hit the only goal of the game

1927 - Plymouth Arg 0-0 Gillingham    D3S   Att: 8,141

1934 - Charlton Ath 2-2 Gillingham      D3S   Att: 3,954
Goals from George Purcell and Arthur Mills earned a point at the Valley

1938 - Gillingham 2-1 Exeter City        D3S   Att: 3,844
Laurie Fishlock and Fred Herbert netted to secure the points

1949 - Gillingham 3-1 Guildford City  SLD1   Att: 9,171
Hughie Russell, Johnny Warsap and George Forrester were on target against the Surrey side

1955 - Gillingham 2-1 Crystal Palace  D3S   Att: 11,338
Ernie Morgan and Billy Evans were the marksmen against the Glaziers

1966 - Gillingham 1-1 Peterborough U  D3   Att: 8,727
A Brian Gibbs effort earned a point against the Posh

1972 - Gillingham 0-2 Exeter City            D4   Att: 3,755

1977 - Gillingham 1-1 Oxford Utd            D3   Att: 4,919
Ken Price found the net to win a point for the Gills

1986 - Gillingham 1-1 Brentford              FRT   Att: 1,464
Derek Hales scored to help the Gills into the next round

1991 - Darlington 1-1 Gillingham           D4     Att: 2,882
This one finished all-square - David Crown on target at Feethams

1994 - Colchester Utd 1-2 Gillingham   D3   Att: 3,273
Victory at Layer Road came through Neil Smith and Nicky Forster

2000 - Gillingham 3-1 Sheffield Wed     FAC5   Att: 10,130
Goals from Mark Saunders, Andy Thomson and Nicky Southall put the Gills into the Sixth Round

2002 - Gillingham 3-3 Stockport Co      C       Att: 7,217
A Colin Woodthorpe own goal plus efforts from Simon Osborn and Marlon King, a penalty, saw a six-goal thriller at Priestfield

2008 - Tranmere Rov 2-0 Gillingham    L1    Att: 5,006

2011 - Gillingham 2-1 Aldershot T         L2    Att: 4,810
A Cody McDonald double just gave the Gills the edge against the Shots

2013 - Gillingham 2-0 Northampton T    L2    Att: 5,600
Goals from Myles Weston and Cody McDonald earned the points


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

1921 - George Russell versus Bristol R at home

1938 - Charlie Campbell and Fred Herbert when Exeter came to Priestfield

2008 - Barry Fuller and Stuart Lewis at Tranmere



1947 - Bill Brindley

The Nottingham-born right-back began his career at Forest in February 1964 where he not only made 16 appearancesbut also won England honours at both schoolboy and youth level.

A £5,000 fee took him across the Trent to County in May 1970 where he was to play 250 times before Gerry Summers brought him to Gillingham in the summer of 1976.

He made his debut against Reading on the opening day of the 1976-77 campaign and scored in a 2-2 draw.

After being a regular at the start of the season, playing in 23 games, he lost his place in December and added just one further appearance as a substitute before moving to Grantham in July 1977.

Bill then played for Burton Albion and Alfreton Town before holding managerial posts at Meadows Albion, Boston, Heanor Town, Ilkeston Town and Arnold Town.

Unfortunately Bill lost a long battle with illness and died in April 2007.