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4 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 – Wolverton LNWR 1-3 New Brompton  SLD1
Jack Frettingham, Bill Ford and AP Gladwell all netted to earn the points

1909 – Rotherham Town 0-1 New Brompton  FAC5Q
Albert Court notched the only goal in South Yorkshire

1920 – Gillingham 2-1 Dulwich Hamlet  FAC5Q  
Goals from Tommy Hall and Tom Gilbey put the Gills through

1926 – Millwall 2-0 Gillingham  D3S   Att: 12,021

1937 – Southend United 2-0 Gillingham  D3S   Att: 6,700

1948 - Gillingham 6-0 Barry Town  SLD1  Att: 7,336
Hughie Russell hit four while Cyril Poole and George Forrester also found the net in an easy win

1954 – Southend United 3-1 Gillingham  D3S   Att: 6,797
Ernie Morgan scored the Gills consolation

1965 – Exeter City 3-1 Gillingham  D3   Att: 5,141
A Ralph Miller goal wasn't enough at St James Park

1971 – Gillingham 0-1 Scunthorpe United  D4  Att: 6,488

1973 – Gillingham 4-1 Colchester United  D3   Att: 8,411
Alan Wilks hit two, Damien Richardson and George Jacks were also on target against the Essex side

1976 – Gillingham 1-2 Rotherham United  D3   Att: 4,715
Eddie Spearitt scored his only goal for the club from the penalty spot

1982 – Newport County 2-1 Gillingham  D3   Att: 3,727
Mark Weatherly scored the Gills goal at Somerton Park

1993 – Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Gillingham  FAC2   Att: 6,051

1999 - Gillingham 1-0 Bury  D2   Att: 7,036
The only goal of the game was scored by Roland Edge

2004 – Cardiff City 3-1 Gillingham C   Att: 10,623
Tommy Johnson got the goal against the Bluebirds

2007 – Crewe Alexandra 2-3 Gillingham  L1   Att: 3,929
Mark Bentley and a Chris Dickson double, including a penalty saw the Gills to victory at Gresty Road


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

1926 - Patrick Bradley at Millwall

1976 - Ken Price against Rotherham United at home

1902 - Dan Lewis

The Welsh international goalkeeper was signed from Arsenal in May 1931, where he'd made 142 league appearances.

He had played for the Gunners in the 1927 FA Cup Final and it was his error that saw Cardiff City lift the trophy.

Dan made his Gills debut on the opening day of the following season at Southend United but after playing six games he retired from the game.

1909 - Frank Torr

The outside-left made just one appearance for the Gills, away at Northampton in January 1933, after moving from Bradford Park Avenue. Frank moved to Aldershot in August 1933.

1910 - George Tweed

The full-back started the 1938-39 season by playing five games but then didn't appear again until a reserve side was sent to play Cheltenham Town the following March while the first-team played in a Kent Senior Cup game on the same day.

1958 - Dean White

The combative midfielder enjoyed two stints at Priestfield, and in this time made 135 apperances and scored 28 goals.

He originally joined the Gills as a centre-half from Chelsea in July 1978.

Dean often returns to the club in his capacity as a scout

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