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18 August 2012

Richard Day looks back on events today in Gillingham FC history

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


1951 - Gillingham 1-1 Millwall                     D3S      Att: 17,214
A Dave Thomas penalty helped ensure a point against the Lions

1956 - Gillingham 0-3 Watford                    D3S       Att: 9,934

1962 - Gillingham 2-1 Chester                     D4          Att: 6,911
Charlie Livesey and Alec Farrell were the scorers for the Gills

1971 - Gillingham 4-0 Reading                    LC1        Att: 6,578
Kenny Hill, Alan Wilks, Tommy Watson and Dick Tydeman all netted to ease the Gills into the next round

1976 - Gillingham 2-0 Aldershot               LC1 2L   Att: 4,862
A Damien Richardson double completed a 3-1 aggregate win

1979 - Blackpool 2-1 Gillingham               D3         Att: 5,253
Danny Westwood netted against the Tangerines

1982 - Cambridge Utd 1-2 Gillingham      Fr          Att: 270
Keith Lockhart put United ahead before the Gills hit back through Trevor Lee and Colin Powell in a 'friendly' that saw Dean White and Northern Ireland international Tom Finney sent-off shortly after the break

1984 - Wimbledon 1-1 Gillingham             Fr          Att: 546
Terry Cochrane opened the scoring at Plough Lane with low shot in 35th minute but Andy Sayer's speculative 83rd minute effort deceived David Fry to level matters

1987 - Gillingham 1-0 Brighton & HA        LC1 1L  Att: 4,162
Colin Greenall gave the Gills a narrow first-leg lead

1992 - Gillingham 2-1 Northampton T      LC1 1L  Att: 2,245
David Crown and Steve Lovell earned the Gills a narrow lead ahead of the second-leg 

1998 - Gillingham 0-1 Southend Utd        LC1 2L  Att: 3,417

2001 - Sheffield Utd 0-0 Gillingham          D1        Att: 16,998
A scorching day at Bramall Lane where the heat proved the only winner

2007 - Gillingham 0-2 Tranmere Rov.      L1         Att: 5,302

2009 - Colchester Utd 2-1 Gillingham      L1         Att: 4,849
Curtis Weston put the Gills ahead but the U's hit back to take the points

2012 - Gillingham 3-1 Bradford City        L2         Att: 5,127
A Danny Kedwell double was added to by Myles Weston in this comfortable victory

1951 - Dennis Hillman, Tommy Rigg and Vic Niblett made their debuts against Millwall

1956 - Debutants against Watford at Priestfield were Peter Chiswick, Bert Carberry, Gordon Brasted, Ron Clark and Stewart Pollock

1962 -  John Arnott, George Francis and George Wright played their first games when Chester came to town

1971 - Centre-half Kenny Hill scored a debut goal in the League Cup tie with Reading

1979 - Steve Bruce made his Gills debut at Blackpool's Bloomfield Road

2012 - Deon Burton and Myles Weston against Bradford at home


1904 - William George Berry

The outside-left arrived at Priestfield from Charlton Athletic in May 1923 but didn't make his debut until the trip to Bournemouth in February 1924.

He went on to make 87 appearances in total scoring a dozen goals before joining Brentford in May 1926


1962 - Peter Chiswick

The East Londoner moved to Gillingham from West Ham United in July 1956 having made 19 league appearances for the Hammers.

He made his debut against Watford on the opening day and played another 13 times in his one season at the club.

After a spell at Margate he became manager-coach t Barking.

Peter died in West Ham on August 18 aged just 32 following a throat infection.

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