Richard Day reviews this day in the club's history

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


1894 - New Brompton 2-1 Liverpool Victoria  Fr

1895 - Bromley 2-3 New Brompton                SLD2
Harry Buckland (2) and Arthur Rule were on target in this away win

1903 - West Ham Utd 1-1 New Brompton    SLD1
Albert Dunkley was the marksman in East London

1907 - New Brompton 2-1 Swindon T           SLD1
Goals from James Hartley and Steve Smith earned the points

1912 - New Brompton 3-3 Coventry City      SLD1
Dick Goffin, Abel Lee and Jack Mahon were the scorers as the points were shared with the Sky Blues

1929 - Gillingham 1-0 Charlton Ath                D3S  Att: 5070
Former Wolves right winger Albert Legge scored the only goal

1935 - Gillingham 2-0 Swindon T                   D3S Att: 3796
Bill Baldwin and Hugh Vallance were the scorers as the Robins were put to flight

1940 - Gillingham 6-3 Ashford Town            KRL(EG)
Fred Herbert struck two penalties in his hat-trick and further goals from Lee, Golding and Hickson undone the Nuts n' Bolts

1946 - Gillingham 5-1 Shorts Sports            KSS SF
A Tug Wilson treble plus further goals from PJ Ravenscroft and Dave Thomas ensured another place in a Final

1949 - Exeter C Res 2-2 Gillingham             SL
Tug Wilson again, and Hughie Russell put the Gills two-up before the visitors hit back

1951 - Gillingham 0-0 Southend Utd            D3S   Att: 15,356

1957 - Gillingham 1-2 Colchester Utd         D3S   Att: 9,983
Paul Lucas netted but the U's took the points

1963 - Gillingham 3-0 Lincoln C                  D4   Att: 6,135
Former Millwall forward Jim Towers notched a hat-trick,including a penalty, against the Imps

1966 - Gillingham 2-4 Reading                    D3   Att: 5,389
Charlie Rackstraw put the Gills ahead at the break but despite Bill Brown also scoring, there wasn't a crumb of comfort as the Biscuitmen took the points

1968 - Oxford Utd 3-0 Gillingham               D3   Att: 5,516

1974 - Torquay Utd 0-1 Gillingham            D4   Att: 2,748
Damien Richardson struck the second-half winner

1985 - Millwall 2-1 Gillingham                    D3   Att: 8,256
A Dave Mehmet goal wasn't enough against his former club

1991 - Rochdale 1-3 Gillingham                 D4   Att: 1,654
A Peter Beadle double, plus one from David Crown won the points at Spotland

1993 - Gillingham 3-1 Lincoln C                 D3   Att: 2,934
Nicky Forster added two to a Richard Green effort to ensure a home win

1996 - Gillingham 1-1 Leyton Orient          D3   Att: 8,004
Loan striker John Gayle added another crucial goal, this time against the O's

2004 - Sunderland 2-1 Gillingham              C    Att: 23,262
A first visit to the Stadium of Light ended in defeat, Patrick Agyemang on target for the Gills



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

1985 - Dave Rushbury at Millwall

1993 - Steve Crane v Lincoln at home



1958 - Mick Buttress

Mick came through the ranks at Aston Villa, signing apprentice forms in July 1974 and then professional terms in February 1976.

He made his Villains debut against Liverpool in a 5-1 victory over Liverpool at Villa Park, the first of just three appearances.

In March 1978 he came to Gillingham as part of the £40,000 deal that saw Charlie Young also move to Priestfield and he made his debut against Preston at home.

Mick struggled to hold down a regular first-team spot and a year later, having played just seven times, he signed for Telford United.