Richard Day reviews this day in the club's history

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


1979 - Manager Gerry Summers spends £45,000 on Southampton forward Tony Funnell to help the promotion push.



1897 - New Brompton 2-2 Millwall Ath     SLD1
David Hutcheson and David Skea both netted to earn a point

1902 - Reading 3-1 New Brompton     SLD1
Thomas Leigh scored in this defeat

1907 - Leyton 0-0 New Brompton     SLD1

1909 - New Brompton 0-4 Leyton     SLD1

1913 - Watford 1-1 Gillingham     SLD1
Charlie Hafekost netted to earn the Gills a point

1924 - Southend Utd 3-2 Gillingham     D3S
Goals from Wally Battiste and Joe North weren't enough for a point in Essex

1929 - Gillingham 0-2 Southend Utd     D3S     Att: 7,693

1930 - Gillingham 0-3 Coventry C     D3S     Att: 3,865

1937 - Northampton T 5-0 Gillingham     D3S     Att: 10,164

1939 - Gillingham 3-0 Dartford     SL
A Harry Rowley treble, which included another spot-kick, proved too good for the Darts

1947 - Gillingham 4-0 Exeter C Res     SL
Two goals from Jackie Briggs were added to by both Hughie Russell and T Hopper in a comfortable win

1948 - Gillingham 1-0 Gravesend & N     KSCF
A Wally Akers effort secured the trophy for the Gills in the final at Maidstone

1950 - Folkestone 0-2 Gillingham     KSCSF2R
George Forrester and Hughie Russell finally ended the saga as the Gills eventually reached the Final

1958 - Watford 3-0 Gillingham     D3S     Att: 6,293

1967 - Oldham Ath 2-1 Gillingham     D3     Att: 5,192
A Brian Yeo goal couldn't prevent a Boundary Park reversal

1969 - Gillingham 0-0 Torquay Utd     D3     Att: 6,236

1975 - Chesterfield 2-1 Gillingham     D3     Att: 4,166
Having gone two-down in the first-half, the Gills pulled one back through Dave Galvin

1980 - Bury 0-2 Gillingham     D3     Att: 2,764
A Dean White double proved too good for the Shakers

1985 - Gillingham 1-1 Burnley      D3     Att: 5,935
The struggling Clarets took a point despite a Keith Oakes goal

1986 - Gillingham 3-0 Reading     D3     Att: 5,710
Dale Tempest scored twice and Dean Horrix netted an own goal, as the Royals were well beaten

1997 - Bristol C 0-1 Gillingham     D2     Att: 11,276
Iffy Onuora earned the points by converting a penalty for the only goal

2003 - Gillingham 1-3 Ipswich T     C     Att: 8,508
Skipper Paul Smith put the Gills ahead but the Tractor Boys hit back to take the points

2008 - Gillingham 0-0 Carlisle Utd     L1     Att: 6,673
A dipping volley from Simeon Jackson almost took all three points from the promotion-chasing Cumbrians


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

1930 - Ronald Baird versus Coventry C

1985 - Derek Hales against Burnley at home

1986 - Dale Tempest and David Tong when Reading visited

1997 - Mick Galloway at Bristol C



1972 - Lindon Guscott

The former West Ham United schoolboy joined Gillingham as a trainee in the summer of 1988.

Great goalscoring form for the youth team saw Keith Burkinshaw give him his first team debut, albeit as a substitute in a 6-1 mauling by Wolves at Molineux in March 1989.

Unfortunately in his second appearance, this time as a sub at Fulham, he sustained a broken leg and the following season suffered a second break in a reserve friendly.

He never played for the first team again but did appear for a number of Kent clubs including Tonbridge, Sittingbourne, Chatham Town, Gravesend & Northfleet, Faversham Town and Sheppey United

1976 - Barry Miller

The young central defender had been playing non-league football before Peter Taylor brought him to Priestfield from Farnborough Town in August 1999.

He made his debut, the first of just seven appearances, against Wycombe Wanderers at home later that month.

Barry went on loan to Woking before returning to non-league soccer with Doncaster Rovers who paid £10,000 in September 2000, and later had spells at Hucknall Town, Leigh Genesis and Burton Albion.

1981 - JLloyd Samuel

The Aston Villa full-back had made twenty-odd appearances for the Premiership side before joining the Gills on loan in October 2001.

A week after appearing as a substitute at Everton for the Villains he made his Gillingham debut in a 2-0 home win over Walsall.

He returned to Villa Park after eight games and the England under-21 international went on to make 199 appearances in total for Villa.

Spells at Bolton Wanderers and Cardiff City (loan) followed and JLloyd is currently playing for Iran Pro League outfit Esteghlal Tehran.