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30 July 2012



30 July 2012

Richard Day looks back at news relevant to Gillingham FC on this day in history, games, players, debuts etc...



1969 - Romford 2-0 Gillingham                      Fr   Att: 800

1977 - Gillingham 1-0 Leyton Orient              Fr   Att: 1,148
Danny Westwood won the game with an 82nd minute header

1980 - Herne Bay 0-0 Gills XI                         Fr

1985 - Gillingham 1-2 Norwich City                Fr       
Dave Mehmet scored for the Gills while John Deehan hit a double for the visitors as Steve Bruce returned to Priestfield although the game was played 'behind closed doors'.

1986 - Orient 2-1 Gillingham                          Fr       
Trialist Roger Gibbins netted at Brisbane Road 

1988 - Gillingham 2-2 Racing Club de Paris   Fr   Att: 1,500
George Shipley and Jason Lillis, a penalty, netted against the French side

The Gills squad at Cobh

1991 - Cobh Ramblers 0-1 Gillingham            Fr
The Irish tour continued with a second victory thanks to David Crown's effort

1996 - Horsham Town 2-2 Gills XI                  Fr
James Pinnock and Canadian trialist centre-forward Cameron Watkins were on target at Queen Street

2004 - Gillingham 0-0 Charlton Ath                Fr   Att: 4,372

2005 - Gillingham 3-0 Barnet                         Fr
Darren Byfield stung the Bees with a hat-trick

2008 - Aveley 1-4 Gills XI                              Fr
The goalscorers at Mill Field were Tyrone Berry, Luis Cumbers, Rory Hill and Tayler Thomas

2009 - Croydon Athletic 2-2 Gills XI              Fr
Luis Cumbers and Josh Sargeant were the Gills scorers as four goals were shared at the Keith Tuckey Stadium

2011 - Gillingham 1-2 Peterborough U         Fr
The Posh netted twice in the closing stages after Matt Lawrence had headed the Gills in front



The following former Gillingham players were born on this day..... 

1964 - John Gayle

The experienced, much-travelled striker arrived at Priestfield on loan from Stoke City in March 1996. 

Boss Tony Pulis signed him to boost the promotion push and he scored an important goal, the only one of the game, on his debut at Mansfield Town.

He went on to add two more goals in his nine appearances for the club before having spells at Northampton Town, Scunthorpe United, Shrewsbury Town and Torquay United and later managed Totnes and Dartington Sports and Newton Abbot.

1975 - Rodney Rowe

The Yorkshire born forward had spent all of his career in the north of the country before Peter Taylor splashed £30,000 on him in November 1999.

He made his Gillingham debut as a substitute, replacing Andy Thomson, at Cardiff City and opened his goal account in the home Boxing Day win over Colchester United.

Rodney struggled to break into the team and eventually joined Hull City in January 2001 having scored four goals in his 23 appearances, more than half of which had been as a substitute.

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