Richard Day reviews this day in the club's history

News relevant to Gillingham FC on this day in history, games, players, debuts etc...


1904 - Northampton T 2-2 New Brompton SLD1
An own goal from Peter Durber plus a Tom Boucher effort earned a point at the County Ground

1906 - Swindon T 2-0 New Brompton           SLD1

1910 - New Brompton 3-1 Crystal Palace     SLD1
Goals from Jimmy Reid and George Massey proved too much for the Glaziers

1921 - Brighton & HA 1-0 Gillingham            D3

1924 - Gillingham 6-0 Brentford                     D3S
Tommy Williams (2), Tommy Hall, Bill Berry and Arthur Read were all on target and a Pearson own goal completed the annihilation

1927 - Southend Utd 1-0 Gillingham             D3S  Att: 6,605

1932 - Gillingham 1-0 Bristol R                       D3S   Att: 3,965
A John McGregor penalty proved the difference between the sides

1936 - Newport Co 4-2 Gillingham                D3S   Att: 2,515
Bill Baldwin struck twice at Somerton Park

1938 - Gillingham 1-0 Cardiff C                      D3S   Att: 6,710
Fred Herbert notched the only goal of the game

1949 - Merthyr Tydfil 2-2 Gillingham           SL
Les Gore and George Forrester hit the goals as the Gills came from behind to gain a point

1955 - Aldershot 0-2 Gillingham                   D3S   Att: 5,201
Goals from Paddy Sowden and Ernie Morgan ensured victory at the Recreation Ground

1960 - Watford 3-1 Gillingham                     D4     Att: 12,709
A Bill Albury penalty wasn't enough at Vicarage Road

1963 - Margate 2-1 Gillingham                     KSC3   Att: 2,200
Brian Gibbs scored in the defeat at Hartsdown Park

1966 - Gillingham 0-1 Scunthorpe U            D3    Att: 6,114

1977 - Gillingham 1-0 Sheff Wed                  D3    Att: 6,022
Billy Hughes cracked home the first-half winner

1983 - Gillingham 1-0 Portsmouth               D3    Att: 6,489
The Gills overcame champions-elect thanks to a Colin Duncan effort

1985 - Plymouth Arg 1-1 Gillingham        D3   Att: 4,852
A Dave Mehmet penalty earned a point at Home Park

1988 - Gillingham 0-0 Port Vale                D3   Att: 3,367

1989 - Swansea C 3-2 Gillingham              D3   Att: 4,252
Goals from Pat Gavin and Jason Lillis couldn't prevent defeat at the Vetch

1990 - Stockport Co 1-0 Gillingham          D4   Att: 3,378

1991 - Gillingham 1-1 Scunthorpe Utd     D4   Att: 2,319
Mike Trusson converted from the spot to earn a point from the Iron

1994 - Scunthorpe Utd 1-1 Gillingham     D3   Att: 2,386
A Paul Baker goal ensured a point at Glanford Park

2002 - Norwich C 2-1 Gillingham               C    Att: 16,479
The Canaries completed a double despite an Iffy Onuora effort

2005 - Gillingham 0-0 Ipswich T                C   Att: 9,311

2011 – Burton Albion 1-1 Gillingham      L2   Att: 3,230
A superb 78th minute Cody McDonald strike earned a point at the Pirelli Stadium



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

1932 - William Parker v Bristol R at home

1985 - Jim McDonagh at Plymouth

1990 - Harvey Lim against Stockport away



1930 - George Wright

The right-back, born in Ramsgate, played for the Rams, Margate, West Ham United and Leyton Orient prior to joining the Gills in July 1962.

While at Upton Park he made his debut at Hull City in September 1951 and in more than seven years with the Hammers he made 172 appearances.

His first Gillingham game was against Chester at Priestfield in August 1962 which proved to be the first of just four games.

In the summer of 1963 he returned to his hometown club.

1969 - Andy Ansah

The Lewisham born forward played for seven Football League clubs during his career which included two substitute appearances for the Gills while on loan from Peterborough United in March 1996, his debut coming at Rochdale.

After a spell in Hong Kong and playing non-league soccer he set up his own consultancy company which covers sport related films, commercials and TV programmes.

He has worked alongside a number of top footballing stars including Wayne Rooney on Sky's Street Striker and regular viewers of Soccer AM will no doubt recognise his catchphrase of "Unbelievable Tekkers". 

1971 - Adrian Foster

The forward had played for WBA and Torquay United before Gills boss Mike Flanagan paid £60,000 for his services in August 1994.

He made his debut against Hartlepool United on the opening day of the season and he went on to make 49 appearances for the club, scoring 11 times.

His chances under Tony Pulis were restricted to substitute appearances and, following a three-month loan at Exeter City, he moved to Hereford United in August 1996.

Since then he has had spells at a number of clubs, mostly in the West Country, and Adrian, 41 today, is currently player-manager at Gillingham Town.

1993 - Jack Evans

The young defender made his Gillingham debut away at Torquay United back in October and made his full debut when the Gills travelled to Port Vale in February 2012.

Jack, who celebrates his 20th birthday today, is currently on loan at Dartford and recently scored his first goal for the Darts in their 2-1 victory over Wrexham.