Richard Day reviews this day in the club's history

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


1896 - Southampton St Mary's 5-0 New Brompton     SLD1

1897 - New Brompton 4-1 New Brompton     T&MC

1902 - Millwall Ath 3-1 New Brompton     SLD1
Centre forward Albert Gosnall netted the consolation

1903 - Swindon T 1-1 New Brompton     SLD1
George Smith scored to earn a point

1908 - New Brompton 1-3 Portsmouth     SLD1
Army man Charlie McGibbon scored but it couldn't prevent a home loss

1910 - New Brompton 0-1 Coventry City     SLD1

1914 - Gillingham 3-1 West Ham Utd     SLD1
Sam Gilligan hit two and Ernie Pinkney the other as the Gills proved their mettle against the Iron

1921 - Southend Utd 1-0 Gillingham     D3

1925 - Gillingham 0-0 Reading     D3S

1928 - Gillingham 1-1 Exeter City     D3S     Att: 3,138
Tommy Millington netted to earn the Gills a point

1931 - Gillingham 3-2 Fulham     D3S     Att: 4,898
Roy Bethell, Harry Loasby and Bill White all found the net against the Cottagers

1932 - Cardiff C 1-0 Gillingham     D3S     Att: 10,455

1936 - Gillingham 1-3 Millwall     D3S     Att: 5,634
All the Gills had to show from this game was an own goal from Jimmy Wallbanks

1949 - Gillingham 4-1 Gloucester C     SL     Att: 5,047
Four different scorers - Jackie Carr, Les Gore, George Forrester and Hughie Russell, saw off City

1953 - Gillingham 1-1 Ipswich T     D3S     Att: 8,868
The Gills drew level thanks to a Ron Murchison own goal

1959 - Gillingham 1-1 Crystal Palace         D4   Att: 8,754
Former Tonbridge forward Cliff Payton struck the equaliser

1964 - Stockport Co 2-0 Gillingham     D4     Att: 2,605

1966 - Yeovil 1 - 1 Gillingham  Testimonial

1970 - Shrewsbury T 2-2 Gillingham     D3     Att: 3,532
Goals from Andy Smillie and Mike Green were sufficient to gain a point

1981 - Hull City 2-2 Gillingham     D3     Att: 3,309
A Trevor Lee double was enough to earn a point against the struggling Tigers

1987 - Bury 1-0 Gillingham     D3     Att: 2,197

1992 - Gillingham 2-0 Mansfield T     D4     Att: 2,583
Steve Lovell and Peter Beadle fired the Gills to victory over the Stags

1998 - Gillingham 2-0 Fulham     D2     Att: 10,507
A double from Ade Akinbiyi thwarted the Cottagers promotion push

2000 - Wycombe W 1-0 Gillingham     D2     Att: 4,183
Andrew Baird netted the Chairboys winner seven minutes from time

2009 - Brentford 1-1 Gillingham     L2     Att: 7,908
A Simeon Jackson penalty ensured a point at Griffin Park



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

1936 - Edwin Scott versus Millwall

1987 - Les Berry away at Bury

1992 - Rod Thomas against Mansfield T at home



1925 - Joe Campbell

The Scot had played for St Mark's YM, St Anthony's, Glasgow Celtic and Leyton Orient before Archie Clark paid £2,000 to bring him to Gillingham in September 1950.

Just hours later Joe made his debut against Millwall at home but in his one season with the club he scored twice in a dozen games.

The following summer Joe moved to Bedford Town.

1987 - Simeon Jackson

Having been born in Jamaica and growing up in Canada, Simeon had played for Sunoco FC, ASPIRE Academy and Dulwich Hamlet as a youngster, he also had an unsuccessful trial with the youth team here at Priestfield.

He joined Rushden & Diamonds in August 2004 and had scored 42 goals in 93 games for the non-league side before Mark Stimson paid £150,000 for his services in January 2008, the striker signing a three-and-a-half year contract.

He made his debut for the club in the 0-0 home draw with Cheltenham Town but initially found it difficult to find his goalscoring form in League One and it took nine games before finding the net against AFC Bournemouth.

Over the next two seasons he hit 39 goals including two memorable one's, the first in the FA Cup Third Round tie with Aston Villa and then of course the last gasp goal against Shrewsbury Town in the play-off final at Wembley that secured promotion to League One.

Seven days after that goal Jackson made his debut for Canada, scoring the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Cyprus in Lanarca.

In July 2010 he moved to Norwich City for an undisclosed fee which included Cody McDonald spending a season on loan here at Priestfield and has gone on to score 17 goals for the Canaries so far.