Richard Day reviews this day in the club's historyNews 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.