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27 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...


1897 - Northfleet 3-2 New Brompton        SLD1
Jack Frettingham and a Bagnall own goal were in vain in this loss

1902 - New Brompton 1-1 Luton Town     SLD1
George Smith netted against the Hatters

1909 - Coventry City 2-1 New Brompton  SLD1
An Albert Court effort wasn't enough at Highfield Road

1910 - Coventry City 5-2 New Brompton  SLD1
Goals from John Reynolds and John Taylor were mere consolations

1913 - Q.P.R 0-0 Gillingham                        SLD1

1919 - Bristol Rovers 1-1 Gillingham       SLD1
Bob Steel was on target at Eastville

1920 - Northampton T 2-0 Gillingham      D3

1921 - Northampton T 3-1 Gillingham      D3S
A Fred Howard goal wasn't enough against the Cobblers

1924 - Gillingham 4-1 Luton Town           D3S
Frank Marshall, Len Ramsell (2) and George Chance all found the net as the Gills cruised to victory

1926 - Gillingham 1-1 Charlton Ath          D3S  Att: 8,575
Reg McKee scored against the Valiants

1927 - Gillingham 0-3 Watford                 D3S   Att: 3,310

1930 - Brighton & HA 5-0 Gillingham      D3S  Att: 7,610

1932 - Gillingham 1-1 Cardiff City            D3S  Att: 10,449
Arthur Cropper earned a point against the Bluebirds

1937 - Notts County 1-0 Gillingham        D3S  Att: 23,337

1938 - Gillingham 2-1 Folkestone           SLD1
Tug Wilson and Harry Rowley were on target in this narrow home win

1943 – Gillingham 1-3 Ford Sports          Fr
Football returned to Priestfield after more than three wartime years

1945 - Gillingham 8-1 Gravesend Utd    KL
Tug Wilson scored two, including a penalty, and Johnny Warsap, Vic Hole and Stan Trumper also hit double's in this annihilation

1947 - Gillingham 4-1 Gravesend & N  SLD1  Att: 6,900
Hughie Russell, George Forrester plus Warsap and Wilson again netted against the 'Fleet

1948 - Gillingham 0-1 Chelmsford C    SLD1   Att: 9,562

1949 - Tonbridge 2-1 Gillingham           SLD1   Att: 6,756
Jackie Briggs was the scorer as the Gills were edged out at the Angel Ground

1952 - Walsall 1-3 Gillingham                D3S     Att: 6,898
George King, Trevor Long and Ken Lambert all found the net at Fellows Park

1954 - Gillingham 3-1 Torquay Utd       D3S    Att: 14,712
Goals from Ernie Morgan (2) and Paddy Sowden made it a long way home for United

1955 - Gillingham 2-3 Southend Utd     D3S  Att: 10,563
Morgan again and a Charlie Marks penalty couldn't prevent the points heading off to Essex

1958 - Northampton T 4-2 Gillingham  D4   Att: 9,538
The Gills slipped to defeat despite a Peter Smith effort and a Claypole own goal

1960 - Gillingham 1-2 Millwall                D4   Att: 12,048
A Harry Hughes penalty wasn't enough against the Lions

1966 - Gillingham 3-1 Oxford Utd           D3   Att: 7,591
Two goals from Brian Yeo and another from Brian Gibbs secured the points

1969 - Luton Town 1-2 Gillingham          D3   Att: 17,402
Mike Green hit both goals as the Gills sealed the points against the Third Division leaders at Kenilworth Road

1971 - Gillingham 4-1 Northampton T    D3  Att: 11,795
Yeo struck twice again while Alan Wilks and Dave Peach were also on the scoresheet as the Cobblers were sent packing

1976 - Gillingham 0-3 Crystal Palace  D3   Att: 11,237

1977 - Peterborough Utd 1-1 Gillingham  D3   Att: 10,156
Gary Armstrong hit the target at London Road

1980 - Colchester Utd 2-1 Gillingham       D3   Att: 3,879
The Gills goal at Layer Road came from Ken Price

1982 - Gillingham 1-0 Southend Utd         D3   Att: 5,035
Mark Weatherly got the match winner against the Shrimpers

1983 - Bristol Rovers 3-0 Gillingham       D3   Att: 5,996

1986 - Gillingham 1-3 Swindon Town     D3   Att: 9,982
A Colin Greenall goal couldn't stave off defeat against the Robins

1993 - Gillingham 1-0 Northampton T    D3   Att: 4,573
A Steve Terry own goal was the difference between the teams after the match was delayed due to floodlight problems.

1994 - Barnet 1-0 Gillingham                   D3   Att: 2,074
Dougie Freedman was on target for the Bees



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

1924 - George Cook versus Luton at home

1958 - Peter Smith at Northampton

1980 - Gary Sutton away at Colchester



1967 - Mark Stimson

Stimmo had three spells with the Gills, the first of which was a player signed on loan from Spurs by Keith Burkinshaw in January 1989.

He may have only made 18 appearances but his performances were enough to see him voted runner-up in the Supporters Player-of-the -Year.

Next came a trial period at the time Peter Taylor was Gills boss but he decided against taking on the left-back.

Of course the third spell was as manager, taking over from caretaker bosses Iffy Onuora and Mick Docherty in November 2007.

His spell in charge of the club was rather a roller-coaster affair with two relegations and a promotion via the play-off at Wembley following an unforgettable 1-0 victoy over Shrewsbury at Wembley.

After having spells in charge at Barnet and Kettering Town, he is currently manager at Thurrock of the Ryman Premier.

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