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21 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...


1895 - Swindon Town 4-0 New Brompton  SLD1

1901 - New Brompton 3-0 Southampton  SLD1
Thomas Leigh, Jack Frettingham and Alf Milward  were all on target against the Saints

1907 - Plymouth Argyle 1-0 New Brompton  SLD1

1912 - Gillingham 0-1 Southampton  SLD1

1929 - Merthyr Town 1-1 Gillingham  D3S   Att: 1,352
Len Dowell netted for the Gills in Wales

1935 - Aldershot 0-2 Gillingham  D3S   Att: 3,324
The Gills won thanks to goals from Jim Watson  and Richard Doncaster

1946 - Chelmsford City 0-0 Gillingham  SLD1

1957 - Brighton & HA 5-2 Gillingham  D3S   Att: 10,459
Ron Saunders scored both in defeat at the Goldstone  Ground

1963 - Gillingham 5-1 Southport  D4   Att: 5,529
Ron Newman hit a hat-trick, while Brian Yeo and Gordon Pulley added others in a heavy home win

1968 - Gillingham 0-2 Bristol Rovers  D3   Att: 4,289

1974 - Gillingham 4-0 Chesterfield  D3   Att: 5,425
Goals from Dave Chadwick, Damien Richardson (2) and Peter Feely provided another emphatic win

1991 - Gillingham 1-1 York City  D4   Att: 2,700
David Crown was the marksman against the Minstermen

1996 - Watford 0-0 Gillingham  D2   Att: 7,809

2002 - Gillingham 4-2 Burnley  C   Att: 7,905
Rod Wallace, Paul Shaw, Paul Smith and Marlon King all found the net against the Clarets


1919- Charlie Marks

Marks was an integral part of the Gillingham side for 15 years as a full-back, having received an award before joining the club for scoring 40 goals from a centre-back position.

In total he made 265 appearances for the club and scored eight goals. After he retired from the game he went on to work in a paper mill as a stock controller.

1949- Neil O'Donnell

The midfielder was signed from Norwich City by Len Ashurst in the summer of 1974, but failed to hold down a regular place in the first team.

He made 24 appearances for the club before signing for Sheffield Wednesday.

A serious back injury forced the Scot  to retire at the end of 1976, and he went on to work for a major finance company.

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