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7 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 - Reading 3-0 New Brompton  SLD1

1901 - Q.P.R 1-1 New Brompton  SLD1
Thomas Leigh netted to earn a point

1907 - New Brompton 6-0 Shepherds Bush  FAC5Q
A Charlie McGibbon hat-trick and further goals from J Hopkins, H Salter and Bill Marriott meant an easy passage into the next round

1912 - Gillingham 1-2 Crystal Palace  SLD1
John Boden was on target for the home side

1921 - Gillingham 3-1 Gravesend Utd  FAC5QR
Charles Freeman scored twice and George Needham added another in a comfortable cup victory

1929 - Newport County 5-1 Gillingham  D3S   Att: 1,991
John Geddes scored the consolation in South Wales

1935 - Watford 1-2 Gillingham  D3S   Att: 3,914
Goals from Jim Watson and George Tadman won it for the Gills

1939 - Sittingbourne 1-5 Gillingham  KL (EG)
Two goals apiece from Hickson and Walsh plus one from Fred Herbert saw an easy away triumph

1946 - Gravesend & N 5-1 Gillingham  SLD1  Att: 3,077
Tug Wilson was on target in a heavy 'derby' defeat

1957 - Millwall 1-1 Gillingham  FAC2   Att: 13,415
Jim Fletcher scored at the Den

1964 - Gillingham 1 - 1 Bournemouth  Fr   Att: 2,290
Gordon Pulley found the net for the Gills in this friendly

1968 - Luton Town 3-1 Gillingham  D3   Att: 12,035
A Brian Yeo penalty wasn't enough at Kenilworth Road

1974 - Huddersfield Town 0-2 Gillingham  D3   Att: 4,761
Peter Feely bagged a double to win the points at Leeds Road

1985 - Gillingham 6-1 Bognor Regis Town  FAC2   Att: 4,228
The Sussex side were smashed for six thanks to Tony Cascarino (2), Martin Robinson, Dave Shearer, Terry Cochrane and Derek Hales

1996 - Cardiff City 0-2 Gillingham  FAC2   Att: 3,474
Iffy Onuora and Andy Hessenthaler struck to clip the Bluebirds wings in front of the TV cameras

1999 - Gillingham 0-3 Torquay United  AWS1   Att: 2,718

2002 - Bradford City 1-3 Gillingham  C   Att: 10,711
The Gills won at Valley Parade due to a Marlon King brace, which included a penalty, and Rod Wallace



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

1929 - Robert Robinson and Lewis Woolven at Newport



1904 - Sidney Tyler

The Wolverhampton born left-back joined the club from Wolves and went on to play 81 times before joining Millwall



1959 - Albert Goodman

Albert made just six appearances in the 1925-26 season after signing from Charlton Athletic and moved on to Clapton Orient in the summer.

1993 - John Simpson

The Gillingham goalkeeping legend went on to set a club record of 617 appearances for the club after manager Archie Clark splashed out £750 to bring him to Priestfield in June 1957.

He was an ever-present in the Fourth Division title winning side in 1963-64 - keeping 24 clean sheets as the Gills conceded a divisional record of just 30 goals.

He was twice named Player-of-the-Year and a crowd of 9,118 turned up for his testimonial game with Crystal Palace.

John died on Tuesday 7 December 1993, following a short illness, aged 60

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