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12 December 2012

News relevant to the club on this day previously

Richard Day looks back at news relevant to Gillingham FC on this day in history, games, players, debuts etc...


1896 - Northfleet 3-1 New Brompton     SLD1
Bill Thomas netted in this 'derby' defeat

1903 - New Brompton 1-1 Bristol City    FAC1
A Chambers own goal saw the game go to a replay

1908 - New Brompton 2-3 Portsmouth  SLD1
Two goals from Walter Eames couldn't prevent a home loss

1914 - Watford 4-0 Gillingham                 SLD1

1925 - Southend United 1-0 Gillingham  FAC2

1936 - Wrexham 2-0 Gillingham               D3S   Att: 8,184

1953 - Gillingham 0-1 Newport County   D3S   Att: 10,204

1959 - Gillingham 1-1 Crewe Alex.          D4   Att: 4,589
The Gills scorer against the Railwaymen was Jack Hannaway

1964 - Gillingham 4-0 Walsall                  D3   Att: 6,077
Charlie Rackstraw and Brian Gibbs both struck twice in a comfortable victory

1970 - Gills Res 1-0 Reading                    FC

1987 - Rotherham Utd 1-2 Gillingham  D3   Att:2,557
The Gills won at Millmoor thanks to goals from Howard Pritchard and Mel Eves

1992 - Shrewsbury T 2-1 Gillingham     D3   Att: 2,442
Andy Arnott was on target at Gay Meadow

1998 - Stoke City 0-0 Gillingham            D2   Att: 17,233

2009 - Huddersfield T 2-1 Gillingham   L1   Att: 13,844
Simeon Jackson put the Gills ahead at the Galpharm Stadium but they couldn't hold on



1973 - Gary Breen

Gary was with Charlton Athletic as a schoolboy before playing for Maidstone United on a part-time basis.

He came to Gillingham in July 1992 and made his debut against Northampton Town at home on the opening day of the season.

While at Priestfield he was capped by the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level.

After 51 league appearances for the Gills, Peterborough United splashed out £70,000 for the central defender.

He has since had spells with Birmingham City, Coventry City, West Ham United, Sunderland, Wolves and Barnet, where he finished his career, as well as winning 63 caps for his country.



2000 - Jimmy Scarth

As a youngster, after leaving school, Jimmy worked in his local shipyard in North Shields before, aged 17, he did his National Service in the Navy.

The forward had played for his hometown club of North Shields, mining side Percy Main and Tottenham Hotspur before joining the Gills for £3,500 in February 1952 and making his debut came away at Brighton & HA.

Eight months later he notched a hat-trick in just 110 seconds in a home game against Leyton Orient - creating club and league history.

If one record wasn't enough he added another in February 1953 when he netted the clubs quickest ever league goal, after just 12 seconds, away at Norwich City.

Having scored 24 times in 138 league games he moved to Gravesend & Northfleet in June 1955 and spent five years at Stonebridge Road.

Jimmy died in Welwyn Garden City on this day in 2000.

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