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15 December 2012



15 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...


1976 – Midfielder Dick Tydeman is sold to Charlton Athletic for a club record fee of £70,000

1995 – Gillingham splash out £100,000 for Cambridge United striker Steve Butler



1900 - Reading 2-1 New Brompton  SLD1
Jack Frettingham netted in this defeat

1906 - Brentford 3-0 New Brompton  SLD1

1923 - Gillingham 1-0 Tranmere Rovers  FAC6Q   Att: 9,128
Rovers were beaten by a Joe North effort

1926 - Brentford 1-0 Gillingham  FAC2R   Att: 6,965

1928 - Gillingham 2-2 Bournemouth  D3S   Att: 3,202
Arthur Dominy struck both for the Gills

1934 - Gillingham 3-6 Charlton Athletic  D3S   Att: 5,101
William Varty, Harry Randle with a penalty and Bill Baldwin all found the net but it didn't prevent a hefty defeat

1951 - Gillingham 0-3 Rochdale  FAC2   Att: 15,651

1956 - Watford 2-3 Gillingham  D3S   Att: 3,684
Two goals from Errol Crossan and one from Paul Lucas saw the Gills take the points at Vicarage Road

1962 - Chester 1-0 Gillingham  D4   Att: 3,663

1974 - Gillingham 3-2 Charlton Ath  Fr   Att: 1,734
Damien Richardson, Brian Yeo and Alan Wilks helped the Gills to this friendly win

1981 - Gillingham 1-1 Barking  FAC2   Att: 4,363
The non-league side earned a replay despite a Dean White penalty

1984 - Lincoln City 2-0 Gillingham  D3   Att: 1,920

1990 - Gillingham 3-2 Burnley  D4   Att: 3,743
The Clarets were sunk by a David Crown treble

2001 - Gillingham 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday  C   Att: 8,586
The Owls were put to flight by goals from Paul Shaw and Simon Osborn

2007 - Bournemouth 1-0 Gillingham  L1   Att: 4,746
Brett Pitman's first-half strike saw Mark Stimson's side beaten

2012 - Gillingham 2-2 Fleetwood T    L2    Att: 8,571
Charlie Lee and Myles Weston netted in this home draw


1941- Bob Smith

Smith began his career at Portsmouth, but didn't make one first team appearance at Fratton Park in three years as a professional.

He signed for the Gills in the summer of 1962 and appeared seven times, a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Workington proving to be his last outing.

1951- Derek Hales

Hales was a youth player at Gillingham before drifting into non-league Football.

He got his chance to impress at Luton, but it was at Charlton where he really showed his qualities by scoring 148 goals in 320 appearances.

Hales was once sent off for the Addicks for a punch-up with team-mate and future Gills manager Mike Flanagan in a 1979 FA Cup tie with Maidstone United.

He returned to the Priestfield at the end of the 1984-85 season, making 40 appearances in total and scoring nine times.

Derek was released in the summer of 1986 and went into pub management.


1983- Harold Crockford

Crockford was signed from Chesterfield in March 1925 and went on to play for the Gills seven times, scoring one goal before moving to Accrington Stanley two months later.

He was also on the books of Chatham, Vicar of Wakefield - a Bethnal Green pub, Fulham, Exeter City, Port Vale, Walsall, Darlington, Norwich City, Bedford Town and Tunbridge Wells Rangers.

Harold sadly died on this day in 1983 at the age of 90. 

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