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5 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...


1898 - New Brompton 1-0 Chatham             SLD1
Louis Campbell got the only goal of the game

1904 - Northampton T 2-0 New Brompton SLD1

1910 - New Brompton 1-0 Bristol Rovers    SLD1
John Taylor got the winner in this one

1921 - Swansea Town 2-0 Gillingham          D3S

1927 - Southend United 1-2 Gillingham      D3S    Att: 6,756
Goals from Sam Meston and William Arblaster ensured a Gills win

1932 - Gillingham 1-3 Brentford                   D3S    Att: 12,880
Sim Raleigh was on target in this home defeat

1938 - Gillingham 2-0 Torquay Utd Res      SLD1
Both goals came from Tug Wilson making it a long journey back to the English Riviera

1949 - Gillingham 4-2 Kidderminster H      SLD1    Att: 5,937
Two goals from Bill Burtenshaw, plus one apiece from George Forrester and Hughie Russell proved to be enough

1960 - Ashford Town 1-2 Gillingham          FAC1    Att: 5,500
Harry Hughes and John Shepherd netted in the victory at Essella Park

1966 - Watford 1-1 Gillingham                    D3        Att: 5,874
Bill Brown was on target in this draw with the Hornets

1968 - Northampton T 0-1 Gillingham       D3        Att: 5,545
Brian Yeo scored the only goal at the County Ground

1975 - Sheffield Wed 1-0 Gillingham         D3       Att: 8,390

1977 - Swindon Town 3-2 Gillingham       D3       Att: 7,293
The Gills slipped to a narrow defeat despite goals from Danny Westwood and John Overton

1983 - Gillingham 2-0 Lincoln City             D3      Att: 4,428
Jeff Johnson and Dave Mehmet proved enough to beat the Imps

1988 - Cardiff City 1-0 Gillingham             D3      Att: 3,640

1991 - Gillingham 0-0 Cardiff City             D4      Att: 2,467

1994 - Colchester Utd 2-2 Gillingham      D3      Att: 3,817
Robbie Reinelt and Chris Pike netted to earn a draw at Layer Road

2005 - Burscough 3-2 Gillingham             FAC1   Att: 1,927
Matt Jarvis and Mark Saunders scored, Mike Flynn was sent-off and the Gills were unfortunately on the wrong end of a major giant-killing

2011 - Gillingham 4-3 Northampton T     L2      Att: 4,704
Jo Kuffour netted a hat-trick which was added to by Danny Kedwell in this seven-goal thriller



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

1927 - George Crawford at Southend



1914 - George Tadman

The Rainham born outside-right, joined the Gills from Bristol Rovers in June 1935 and made his debut at Northampton Town on the opening day of the 1935-36 campaign.

After scoring 19 goals in 44 games in his one season, he moved to Charlton Athletic the following summer before having spells at Cheltenham Town and French club FC Sete before becoming player-manager at Somerset side Street FC.

1973 - Grant Watts

The forward came through the ranks at Crystal Palace and came to Gillingham from Selhurst Park in September 1994, making his debut at Exeter City.

He made just four appearances while here at Priestfield before becoming a non-league journeyman around the south-east.



1958 - Albert Fairclough

Albert, previously with Manchester City, Southend United and Bristol City, joined the Gills from Derby County in February 1927 and made his debut in the home game with Luton Town soon afterwards.

 The centre-forward went on to score three goals in 11 appearances.

Albert died in Stockport on November 5 1958.

1976 - Roy Bethell

The former St Albans City and Charlton Athletic forward signed for the Gills in May 1929 and made his debut on the opening day of the following season.

His first goal came in a 5-0 home win against Newport County in April 1930 and went on to score 34 goals in 173 appearances.

Roy died in Watford on November 5 1976.

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