Richard Day reviews this day in the club's history

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


1898 - Sheppey Utd 3-1 New Brompton     SLD1
A goal from Ferguson wasn't enough at Botany Road

1904 - Brighton & HA 1-3 New Brompton  SLD1
Harold Singleton, Tom Boucher and Jim Stevenson all found the net at the Goldstone Ground

1906 - New Brompton 1-0 Tottenham H   SLD1
P Travers scored the only goal of the game

1910 - New Brompton 4-0 Luton Town    SLD1
Goals from J Reid (2), Arthur Pickett and Albert Court accounted for the Hatters

1921 - Crystal Palace 4-1 Gillingham        D3
Tommy Hall scored at Selhurst Park

1927 - Brighton & HA 3-2 Gillingham         D3S   Att: 9,447
Sam Meston and William Arblaster netted but it wasn't enough for a point

1932 - Gillingham 1-4 Bournemouth         D3S   Att: 5,087
A George Scott penalty proved a mere consolation

1938 - Gillingham 2-1 Northampton T      D3S   Att: 4,582
A Fred Herbert double was too good for the Cobblers

1949 - Hastings Utd 1-4 Gillingham       SLD1   Att: 6,400
Goals from Hughie Russell (2), Jackie Briggs, George Piper earned victory on the Sussex coast

1955 - Watford 1-1 Gillingham                D3S   Att: 9,298
A goal from Ernie Morgan ensured the points were shared

1960 - Stockport Co 1-1 Gillingham       D4     Att: 6,077
A goal from Gordon Brown earned a point at Edgeley Park

1963 - Rochdale 1-1 Gillingham       D4   Att: 2,442
A Peter Godfrey effort secured a point against 'Dale

1966 - Gillingham 3-2 Grimsby T     D3   Att: 7,915
A double from Charlie Rackstraw plus a Brian Gibbs effort helped the Gills to a narrow victory

1969 - Gillingham 2-0 Swindon T    D3   Att: 6,084
Gordon Riddick and Carl Gilbert were the marksmen against the Robins

1977 - Gillingham 2-2 Swindon T        D3   Att: 4,994
Danny Westwood and Billy Hughes, his first goal for the club, earned the Gills a point

1983 - Gillingham 2-5 Bournemouth  D3   Att: 3,485
A Steve Bruce penalty and a Billy Lansdowne effort were little consolation in a home hammering

1988 - Gillingham 0-0 Mansfield T     D3   Att: 3,627

1994 - Torquay Utd 0-1 Gillingham    D3   Att: 3,353
Richard Green was the match winner at Plainmoor

2002 - Gillingham 2-1 Grimsby T            C     Att: 7,025
Goals from Paul Shaw and Guy Ipoua saw the Mariners edged out

2005 - Rotherham Utd 1-3 Gillingham  C    Att: 4,367
Michael Flynn put the Gills ahead and then, after the Millers levelled, both Mamady Sidibe and Darius Henderson got on the scoresheet to take the points

2011 - Gillingham 2-0 Bradford City       L2  Att: 5,019
Two goals in three minutes either side of half-time from Adebayo Akinfenwa and Curtis Weston earned the points



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

1963 - Mike Burgess at Rochdale

1983 - Dean Horrix versus Bournemouth

2002 - Jason Brown against Grimsby



1947 - Howard Moore

Having been born near Canterbury, Howard had played for Maidstone United and Ashford Town before joining Coventry City in March 1966.

It was from Highfield Road that he moved to Gillingham in July 1967 and made his debut in the September home game against Grimsby Town.

The winger had made 19 appearances for the Gills before being involved in a player exchange deal that brought Derek Woodley from Southend United in January 1968 with Howard departing for Roots Hall.

Later, after a short spell at Port Vale, he returned to Kent and played for Margate, Canterbury City and Dartford.

1961 - David Byrne

David played non-league football in the West London area having previously been a schoolboy at Brentford.

In July 1985 Keith Peacock signed the winger from Kingstonian and he made his debut as a substitute against Darlington at home the following month when replacing Dave Mehmet.

He had just one season with the Gills scoring three goals in his 30 appearances.

A £5,000 fee took him to Millwall before he embarked on a nomadic career which saw him play for numerous clubs for various spells and ranged from one Intertoto match for Tottenham Hotspur to Shamrock Rovers plus five Scottish clubs.

As his playing days came towards an end he took up coaching and has held differing roles at Albion Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United and Swindon Town where he held a number of posts including caretaker manager.

1985 - Tony Sinclair

Having started out on scholarship terms at Gillingham, the defender's career turned full cycle when Andy Hessenthaler brought him back to Priestfield in the summer of 2010 having been at Beckenham Town, Maidstone United, Fisher Athletic, Welling United and Woking.

He made his first team debut against Cheltenham Town on the opening day of the 2010-11 campaign and went on to make 23 appearances in an injury-hit campaign.

Following his release from Priestfield he joined Josh Gowling and John Nutter in moving to Lincoln City.

Tony has since been at Carshalton Athletic and Dulwich Hamlet but an injury sustained early in his second game with the South London side at Eastbourne Town has seen him ruled out for some time.