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...


1910 - New Brompton 1-1 Plymouth Arg  SLD1
A J Reid goal earned a point against the Pilgrims

1927 - Gillingham 0-1 Newport County      D3S  Att: 4,611

1938 - Gillingham 1-5 QPR                            D3S  Att: 7,699
An Alan Fowler was nothing more than a consolation

1955 - Crystal Palace 0-2 Gillingham       D3S   Att: 8,379
Jimmy Scarth and Ernie Morgan both found the net at Selhurst Park

1966 - York City 1-2 Gillingham                  D3   Att: 4,006
It was a case of the 'Life of Brian' - as Brian Yeo and Brian Gibbs scored against the Minstermen

1972 - Gillingham 1-0 Chester                     D4   Att: 5,614
Mike Bickle scored the only goal of the game

1977 - York City 2-2 Gillingham                   D3   Att: 2,153
A Damien Richardson penalty plus a Danny Westwood effort earned a point at Bootham Crescent

1983 - Gillingham 4-4 Exeter City               D3   Att: 2,970
Dean White hit a hat-trick which included a penalty and Mark Weatherly was also on target but the Grecians still took a point away from Priestfield.

1991 - Gillingham 0-1 Hereford Utd          LDC1   Att: 1,455

1993 - Gillingham 4-2 Rochdale                  D4   Att: 3,050
Andy Arnott netted twice and with Richard Green and Paul Baker also scoring, the Gills secured the points

2000 - Gillingham 2-1 Walsall (AET)        FAC3R   Att: 6,538
The Gills progressed after extra-time thanks to Andy Thomson and an own goal from Tony Barras

2005 - Portsmouth 1-0 Gillingham          FAC3   Att: 14,252
A strong Premier League outfit scraped through thanks to a 47th minute goal from Yakubu

2008 - Gillingham 1-1 MK Dons               FLT   Att: 3,717
Craig Stone put the Gills ahead in the 84th minute but they couldn't hold on and it was MK Dons who progressed 5-4 on penalties

2011 - Stockport 1-5 Gillingham              FL2      Att: 3,573
The Gills hammered five past a hapless home side at Edgeley Park. Cody McDonald's fine hat-trick was added to by goals from Curtis Weston and Andy Barcham.


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

1938 - Reg Neal versus QPR

1983 - Phil Handford at home to Exeter

1993 - Paul Baker against Rochdale at Priestfield

2005 - Dean Beckwith and Matt Bodkin away at Portsmouth



1900 - Edward Donaghy

Edward joined Gillingham from Derby County in July 1927 and made his debut the following month at Charlton Athletic on the opening day of the new campaign.

He made just four appearances in his one season with the club before moving to French football the following summer.

Then between 1931 and 1935 he coached Dutch giants Feyenoord, winning two league titles.

1909 - Walter Rivers

Wally, a forward who joined the Gills from home town club Throckley Welfare in the North-East in September 1927, didn't make his debut until 13 months later when Crystal Palace came to Priestfield.

He must have impressed the South London side because after scoring one goal in five games he moved to Selhurst Park in August 1929. 

1959 - Paul Shinners

The raw, tall centre-forward was signed from Fisher Athletic in August 1984 but didn't make his debut, as a substitute, until early October when Plymouth Argyle visited Priestfield.

After a loan spell at Colchester United, Paul, who had netted once in eight appearances for the Gills, joined Leyton Orient where he impressed as a target man.