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12 October 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 - New Brompton 0-1 Millwall Ath     FAC1Q

1901 - Tottenham H 3-1 New Brompton   SLD1
Thomas Leigh was on target in this North London defeat

1907 - New Brompton 1-2 Reading             SLD1
H Salter netted but the visitors took the points

1912 - Gillingham 0-0 Swindon Town         SLD1

1929 - Northampton T 3-1 Gillingham        D3S   Att: 10,633
George Pateman scored as the Gills slipped to defeat

1935 - Gillingham 0-1 Luton Town              D3S    Att: 8,252

1938 - Dartford 1-1 Gillingham                    SLD1
Tug Wilson was the scorer in this drawn North Kent derby

1949 - Gillingham 0-1 Colchester Utd         SLC2  Att: 6,639

1957 - Brentford 1-0 Gillingham                  D3S    Att: 12,488

1963 - Doncaster R 1-2 Gillingham              D4      Att: 6,670
A Brian Gibbs double saw the Gills take the points at Belle Vue

1968 - Gillingham 0-0 Stockport Co            D3      Att: 5,314

1971 - Grimsby Town 1-0 Gillingham        LC3R   Att: 15,804

1974 - Gillingham 2-3 Hereford Utd           D3      Att: 5,357
George Jacks and Peter Feely found the net but it was the visitors that won

1985 - Gillingham 2-0 Cardiff City               D3     Att: 3,367
Goals from Keith Oakes and Mark Weatherly were sufficient to beat the Bluebirds

1991 - Halifax Town 0-3 Gillingham           D4     Att: 1,435
Two goals from David Crown and one from Peter Beadle saw the Gills romp to victory at the Shay

1996 - Blackpool 2-0 Gillingham                 D2     Att: 4,320

2002 - Rotherham Utd 1-1 Gillingham      D1    Att: 6,094
A Rod Wallace goal ensured a point at Millmoor



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

1929 - George Pateman at Northampton

1957 - John McCorkindale against Brentford at Griffin Park

1991 - Keith Branagan away at Halifax



1988 - Donovan Simmonds

The young striker joined the Gills on loan from Coventry City late in March 2008 and made his Football League debut four days later as an 84th minute substitute for Dennis Oli in a home win against Luton Town.

He made three substitute appearances before returning to City and that summer joined Kilmarnock on loan.

Spells have followed at Floriana (Malta), Greenock Morton and Dover Athletic amongst others, and is currently playing for Chelmsford City.



1953 - Samuel Meston

The outside-right joined the Gills from home-town club Southampton in August 1926 and made his debut at home to Bristol City.

He scored nine goals in 68 games during two seasons with the club before moving to Everton in March 1928 and spells followed at Tranmere Rovers and Newport (IoW).

Sammy was later employed as a 'bookie's runner' but died of a heart attack on 12th October 1953 at the age of 51.

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