Richard Day reviews this day in the clubs history

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


1899 - Grays Utd 0-2 New Brompton        T&MC

1902 - New Brompton 3-0 Luton Town    SLD1
Goals from Thomas Leigh, Alf Milward and Jack Frettingham proved too much for the visitors

1913 - Gillingham 2-2 West Ham Utd       SLD1
Charles Hafekost and Tom Caldwell were both on target against the Irons

1924 - Millwall 5-0 Gillingham                    D3S

1930 - Bristol Rovers 3-0 Gillingham       D3S    Att: 5,011

1939 - Gillingham 1-2 Folkestone            SLC2R
Tug Wilson scored but the Gills were edged out

1947 - Gillingham 4-1 Cheltenham T      SLD1   Att: 5,930
Jackie Briggs hit a hat-trick and Hughie Russell added the other in a comfortable win

1952 - Gillingham 1-1 Leyton Orient          D3S   Att: 13,191
Another Hughie Russell effort wasn't enough to deny the O's a point

1958 - Gillingham 1-0 Norwich City           D3S   Att: 6,591
Ron Saunders notched the only goal of the game

1961 - Wrexham 0-0 Gillingham                D4     Att: 4,913

1969 - Orient 1-1 Gillingham                      D3   Att: 4,988
Carl Gilbert netted to secure a point at Brisbane Road

1975 - Gillingham 2-1 Watford                  D3   Att: 7,281
Dave Galvin and Damien Richardson both struck to sting the Hornets

1980 - Gillingham 2-0 Mansfield Town      D3   Att: 4,572
John Overton and Damien Richardson were the scorers against the Stags

1986 - Gillingham 2-2 Blackpool                D3   Att: 4,537
Tony Cascarino and Martin Robinson found the net but the Tangerines took a point

1997 - Gillingham 3-1 Watford                   D2   Att: 7,385
Andy Hessenthaler and Steve Butler both scored against their former club and Iffy Onuora added a penalty in this home triumph

2008 - Hartlepool Utd 4-0 Gillingham       L1   Att: 4,055

2011 - Southend Utd 2-2 Gillingham        L2   Att: 5,771
Goals from Cody McDonald and Adebayo Akinfenwa inside the opening twenty minutes were only enough to earn a point



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

1924 - Trevett Read at Millwall 

1980 - Tony Bottiglieri versus Mansfield at home

2008 - Kevin Maher at Hartlepool



1910 - Joe McAteer

The Glaswegian joined the Gills from Clapton Orient in August 1936 and scored the only goal of the game on his debut in the home game against Brighton & HA.

He made just 10 appearances, scoring three times, before moving to Irish club Brideville in the summer of 1937.