Richard Day reviews this day in the club's history

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


1897 - New Brompton 2-0 Northfleet          SLD1
Goals from J Cockrill and David Hutcheson earned the points

1907 - Watford 2-2 New Brompton              SLD1
William Lee and Danny Cunliffe were on target at Vicarage Road

1909 - Crystal Palace 1-2 New Brompton  SLD1
An Alf Whyman double secured the points at Selhurst Park

1915 - Gillingham 2-2 Croydon Common   SLD1
P Glen and Ernie Pinkney were the scorers as the two struggling sides drew

1920 - Northampton T 1-0 Gillingham        SLD1

1922 - Swindon T 0-0 Gillingham                 D3S

1926 - Gillingham 0-1 Aberdare Ath            D3S     Att: 4,689

1937 - Gillingham 1-0 Torquay Utd              D3S     Att: 5,723
Tommy Robinson proved to be the match winner

1948 - Hereford Utd 4-2 Gillingham            SL
Goals from Hughie Russell and Jackie Briggs weren't enough at Edgar Street

1954 - Shrewsbury T 0-0 Gillingham          D3S     Att: 7,137

1961 - Yiewsley 1-1 Gillingham 'A'              Seanglian Lge

1963 - Margate 2-1 Gillingham                     KSC3  Att: 2,189

1965 - Grimsby T 1-1 Gillingham                 D3   Att: 4,242
The Gills couldn't hang on despite Charlie Rackstraw putting them ahead

1971 - Gillingham 0-2 Plymouth Arg          D3   Att: 4,162
Gills keeper John Simpson made his 600th appearance for the club in this game

1971 - Southampton 0-1 Gills Res             FC

1976 - Colchester Utd 2-2 Gillingham       D3   Att: 3,981
All four goals at Layer Road came after the break with Damien Richardson, a penalty, and Joe Durrell scoring for the Gills

1979 - Walsall 0-1 Gillingham                     D3   Att: 3,084
Danny Westwood netted the only goal of the game at Fellows Park

1982 - Swindon T 0-1 Gillingham               D3   Att: 5,149
A Micky Adams effort won the points at the County Ground

1993 - Hereford Utd 3-1 Gillingham          D3   Att: 2,138
David Crown hit the Gills goal at Edgar Street

1999 - Gillingham 4-0 Lincoln C                  D2     Att: 7,023
Doubles from Andy Hessenthaler and on-loan Kevin Lisbie saw the Imps outclassed

2001 - Gillingham 2-1 Tranmere R             C      Att: 8,233
Goals from Marlon King, a penalty, and Iffy Onuora secured the points

2004 - Gillingham 2-0 Rotherham U            C     Att: 8,047
Two goals in four first-half minutes from Barry Ashby and Mamady Sidibe proved too much for the Millers

2010 - Charlton Ath 2-2 Gillingham             L1   Att: 20,024
A see-saw encounter at the Valley saw Andy Barcham and Dennis Oli net as 3,000+ travelling fans enjoyed their day out

2012 – Gillingham 0-1 Crawley T                 L2   Att: 5,204
A 50th minute side-foot finish from Dannie Bulman saw the Sussex side take the points at MEMS Priestfield



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

1993 - Paul Watson at Hereford



1933 - Tom Nekrews

The Chatham born centre-half played for Chelsea as an amateur before joining Gillingham in September 1953 although he had to wait until April 1954 before making his debut against QPR.

His first two seasons saw him make one appearance in each and it wasn't until towards the end of the 1955-56 campaign that he finally won a regular place and Tom had played in a total of 42 games by the time he moved to Bexleyheath & Welling in the summer of 1959.

Spells followed at Chelmsford City and Littlehampton before, later in life he emigrated to Australia.

1948 - Carl Gilbert

The forward bought himself out of the Army which enabled him to sign professional forms with the Gills in October 1965.

Having been a constant marksman for the reserves he scored on his first-team debut in a 2-1 win against Mansfield Town at home in April 1968.

Carl went on to score 11 goals in 30 appearances for the club before Basil Hayward allowed him to join Bristol Rovers in November 1969 in an exchange deal that saw fellow forward Ken Ronaldson arrive at Priestfield.

In March 1971 a £17,000 deal took him to Rotherham United where he enjoyed a prolific spell, netting 44 goals in 108 games.

Then in July 1974 a club record £2,500 fee saw Gilbert return to Kent when signing for Southern League Margate where he was to score 40 goals in 133 matches.

Next up for the Folkestone-born forward was a spell with his home town club, where he later became player-coach. He went to Canterbury City in February 1982 as a player before, following a brief spell as player-manager at Herne Bay, he took over as manager at Kingsmead in 1985 and later returned to Cheriton Road as boss.