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20 November 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 - New Brompton 1-0 Chatham       FAC4Q

1901 - New Brompton 2-0 Clapton         FAC4QR
Goals from Thomas Leigh and Scott put the home side through

1909 - New Brompton 9-1 Oxford City   FAC4Q
Arthur Pickett grabbed a hat-trick, J Reid added two and John Taylor, Albert Court, Martin Higgins and an Harrison own goal completed this cup rout

1920 - Gillingham 1-0 Maidstone Utd      FAC4Q     Att: 6,725
Tom Gilbey netted the match winner

1926 - Swindon Town 1-0 Gillingham     D3S         Att: 5,493

1937 - Brighton & HA 1-0 Gillingham      D3S        Att: 7,701

1946 - Gravesend & N 1-3 Gillingham    SLCQ
Tug Wilson, Jackie Briggs and Hughie Russell were the marksmen

1948 - Gillingham 5-1 Cheltenham T     SLD1       Att: 7,887
Goals again from Wilson (2), Briggs and Russell plus one from George Forrester ensured a comfortable victory

1954 - Gillingham 2-0 Newport Co        FAC1       Att: 10,287
Ernie Morgan and Billy Millar were on target to put the Gills through

1965 - Oxford Utd 0-4 Gillingham          D3          Att: 7,204
Brian Gibbs (2), Brian Yeo and a Beavon own goal saw the Gills triumph at the Manor Ground

1968 - Gillingham 2-1 Orient                FAC1R     Att: 9,563
A brace from Gordon Riddick knocked out the O's

1971 - Gillingham 3-2 Plymouth Arg     FAC1       Att: 7,842
Goals from Dave Galvin, Alan Wilks and Brian Yeo saw the Pilgrims edged out.

1976 - Gillingham 0-1 Watford             FAC1      Att: 6,818

1982 - Gillingham 1-0 Dagenham         FAC1     Att: 3,884
Tony Cascarino notched the only goal of the game

1991 - Fulham 2-0 Gillingham              ATP       Att: 1,108

1993 - Gillingham 2-2 Wigan Ath          D3        Att: 2,751
Nicky Forster and Paul Baker were on target but the Latics still took a point

1999 - Gillingham 3-1 Darlington          D2        Att: 5,168
The Quakers returned home pointless thanks to two goals from Robert Taylor and one from Guy Butters

2004 - Crewe Alex. 4-1 Gillingham       C          Att: 6,128
Darius Henderson netted as the Gills went off the tracks against the Railwaymen

2012 - Gillingham 2-3 Exeter C            L2         Att: 6,851
Goals from Danny Jackman and Myles Weston scorerd but the West Country side took the points


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

1965 - Tommy Taylor at Oxford



1904 - George Cook

Born in Shankhouse, George joined the Gills from Bedlington United in December 1924 and made his debut against Luton Town shortly after Christmas.

Having made just eight appearances he returned North, signing for Preston North End.

1944 - Alan Gauden

The experienced midfielder came to Priestfield from Hartlepool United in December 1974 following his former boss Len Ashurst from Victoria Park.

Alan, who had previously played for Sunderland, Darlington and Grimsby Town, played his first game for the Gills when Crystal Palace visited soon afterwards and he scored in a 3-1 victory.

After 45 games for Gillingham he returned to his North East when signing for Gateshead.

He later played for Evenwood Town and Blyth Spartans and managed at both Willington and Durham City.

1958 - Karl Elsey

Having played for Pembroke Borough, Swansea City and QPR, he returned to South Wales with Newport County and played in the Welsh club's most successful period. This included promotion from the Fourth Division and lifting the Welsh Cup which saw them qualify for the 1981 European Cup Winners Cup - amazingly they reached the quarter-final.

After a spell at Welsh rivals Cardiff City Karl, who could play either at full-back or in midfield, was brought to Gillingham on a free transfer in May 1985 by Keith Peacock and his powerful strikes became known as 'Elsey rockets'.

His Gills debut came against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank on the opening day of the 1985-86 season and registered his first goal for the club the following month in a 2-0 home win against Wigan Athletic.

A player-exchange deal saw him leave the club just before the start of the 1988-89 campaign when he moved to Reading with midfielder Jerry Williams moving to Priestfield.

Having been a regular for the Royals and then Maidstone United, under the guidance of ex-Gills boss Peacock, he returned to the club.

In March 1992 he chose to leave the Gills for a second time, he had scored 21 goals in 197 games for the club in his two spells.

He continued playing non-league soccer with Sittingbourne, Braintree Town, Ashford Town, Hastings United, Faversham Town and Margate where he took his first steps in management.

Further spells followed at Ramsgate, Chatham Town and Lordswood before returning to Maidstone in the 1998 close season, making a couple of appearances as the re-formed club looked to rebuild in the Kent County League.

In September 1998 he finally retired from the game.



1997 - Fred Morris

Fred played for hometown club Oswestry Town, Walsall, Mansfield Town, Second Division Liverpool and Crewe Alexandra before joining the Gills.

Morris had scored 14 goals in 48 games for the Merseysiders before being released shortly after Bill Shankley's arrival.
Gillingham manager Harry Barratt paid £1,500 for his services in January 1961 and he made his debut in the home game against Oldham Athletic and went on to score one goal in 11 appearances.

Spells followed at Chester and Altrincham before returning to play and manage at Oswestry Town.

After leaving Hereford United he was later a scout for a number of clubs.

Fred died in Chester on 10 November 1997

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