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 1-1 Cray Wanderers     Fr

1900 - Tottenham H 1-0 New Brompton     SLD1

1906 - New Brompton 0-4 Southampton     SLD1

1913 - Gillingham 2-0 Stoke     SLD1
Abel Lee scored both goals against the Potters

1923 - Gillingham 2-1 Reading     D3S
Horace Williams and Jock Henderson , a penalty, won the points

1928 - Brentford 2-0 Gillingham     D3S     Att: 6,107

1934 - Swindon T 3-1 Gillingham     D3S     Att: 6,168
Fred Liddle struck the Gills effort at County Ground

1945 - Gillingham 2-3 RN Depot      KLCQ
A George Tadman goal and Harry Lillis converted a penalty in a home reversal

1951 - Gillingham 3-1 Northampton T     D3S     Att: 10,647
Bobby Veck, Derek Lewis and Dave Thomas all found the net against the Cobblers

1956 - Swindon T 0-1 Gillingham     D3S     Att: 7,035
A goal from Charlie Marks was enough for victory at the County Ground

1962 - Tranmere R 4-2 Gillingham     D4     Att: 5,850
Experienced forward Tommy Johnston and Charlie Livesey were on target at Prenton Park

1971 - Gills Res 1-2 Leicester C     FC

1973 - Workington 1-1 Gillingham     D4     Att: 918
The Gills took a point from Borough Park thanks to Brian Yeo

1979 - Gillingham 0-0 Mansfield T     D3     Att: 6,935

1984 - Gillingham 0-1 Burnley     D3     Att: 4,319

1989 - Gillingham 2-1 Wigan Ath     D3     Att: 3,446
The Gills took the points thanks to goals from Pat Gavin and Gavin Peacock

1990 - Gillingham 1-2 Grimsby T     D4     Att: 4,138
A Steve Lovell effort couldn't stave off a home defeat

2002 - Gillingham 1-0 Millwall     C     Att: 8,082
Marlon King struck the goal which dented the Lions pride

2007 - Carlisle Utd 5-0 Gillingham     L1     Att: 6,087
Mark Bentley was sent off as the Gills capitulated at Brunton Park

2008 - Port Vale 2-1 Gillingham     L1     Att: 3,157
A late goal from Leroy Griffiths wasn't enough at Vale Park

2012 - Bradford C 2-2 Gillingham     L2     Att: 9,854
Having been two-up through Lewis Montrose and a Simon Ramsden own goal, the Gills were pegged back



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

1984 - Colin Clarke versus Burnley

2007 - Felix Bastians and Dale Tonge at Carlisle

2012 - Rowan Vine away at Bradford



1909 - Sim Raleigh

Born in Brinsworth, Sim was with Huddersfield Town and Hull City before arriving at Gillingham in June 1932 making his debut at Brighton & HA on the opening day of the season.

Although it took him six games to open his goal account, his first coming at Torquay, he went on to score 34 goals, including hat-tricks against Northampton Town and Torquay United, before tragedy struck in his 89th appearance against Brighton in December 1934.

During the first-half he clashed heads with an opponent which eventually led to him collapsing after half-time and later that day died in St Bart's Hospital from a brain haemorrhage.

1960 - Jerry Williams

Having joined Reading as an apprentice in March 1976, the winger went on to make more than 300 appearances for the club in nearly twelve years.

In August 1988 he was involved in a player-exchange deal that saw Karl Elsey move to Elm Park while he came to Priestfield.

He made his Gillingham debut as a substitute against Sheffield United but unfortunately injuries saw him make just 16 appearances in his one season with the club.

Spells followed at Aldershot and Windsor & Eton

1963 - Paul Haylock

The right-back progressed through the ranks with Norwich City, having signed as an apprentice in July 1979 and was part of the Norwich team that won promotion to Division One in 1982 and won the Football League Cup at Wembley Stadium when the Canaries beat Sunderland in the 1985 final.

Having played 193 games for City, scoring four times, he signed for Gillingham in a £25,000 deal in August 1986 and made his debut in the opening day victory at Newport County.

While at Priestfield he not only became a crowd favourite but gained the nickname "Pud", said to be due to his slightly solid build.

In a Littlewoods Cup match against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Goldstone Ground Haylock took over in goal when Gills goalkeeper Phil Kite was sent off. The match ended in a draw and went to a penalty shoot-out, and Haylock saved one of the Brighton kicks, enabling Gillingham to progress to the next round.

He made a total of 194 appearances for the Gills, scoring just once in a 2-0 home win against Scarborough in November 1989.

After leaving Priestfield in March 1991 he went on to play for and hold coaching roles at a number of clubs.

1964 - Mel Sage

Mel, another right-back, was born in Gillingham and in June 1980 he signed apprentice forms with his home town club.

In March 1982 he turned professional with the Gills and less than two months later was making his first-team debut as a substitute for Peter Shaw at Bristol City.

He went on to make 158 appearances, scoring seven goals, before Derby County paid £60,000 for his services in the summer of 1986.

Despite his time at the Baseball Ground being disrupted by injury, he went on to play 140 league games for the Rams before a knee problem eventually forced him into retirement.

1992 – Charlie Allen

Charlie joined the Gills in July and made his debut for the club in the Capital One Cup triumph at Championship outfit Bristol City, his first senior goal in the 4-0 home win over Aldershot Town two months later.

The midfielder has previously spent time at Dagenham & Redbridge, Billericay Town and Notts County.

He celebrates his 21st birthday today.