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15 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...


1975 - Gills boss Len Ashurst resigned to take the vacant managerial role at Third Division rivals Sheffield Wednesday, trainer Tony Toms departed with him.



1898 - New Brompton 2-0 Sheppey Utd       SLD1
Jack Frettingham was on target twice against the 'island' boys

1904 - New Brompton 3-0 West Ham Utd     SLD1
Two goals from Walter Leigh and another from John Morris saw United 'hammered'

1910 - Brighton & HA 2-0 New Brompton     SLD1

1921 - Portsmouth 4-1 Gillingham               D3S
Arthur Wood scored as the Gills crashed at Fratton Park

1927 - Newport County 1-1 Gillingham        D3S     Att: 6,589
Scot James Nichol netted in the draw at Somerton Park

1932 - Watford 2-0 Gillingham                    D3S    Att: 8,128

1938 - Gillingham 3-0 Ipswich T Res           SLD1
Tug Wilson (2) and Ross scored in this easy win

1947 - Dartford 2-1 Gillingham                  SLD1
A Tommy Kingsnorth penalty wasn't enough at Watling Street

1949 - Worcester City 2-1 Gillingham         SLD1   Att: 4,464
Bill Burtenshaw scored as the Gills were beaten

1955 - Gillingham 0-0 Ipswich Town           D3S    Att: 12,193

1960 - Gillingham 1-2 Crystal Palace          D4      Att: 10,999
A John Shepherd goal wasn't enough to prevent Palace taking the points

1960 - Margate 2-2 Gillingham 'A'           Seanglian Lge

1963 - Carlisle Utd 3-1 Gillingham             D4      Att: 11,900
The Gills returned from Brunton Park pointless despite a Brian Gibbs goal

1966 - Gillingham 2-0 Brighton & HA          D3     Att: 7,758
Mel Machin and Brian Yeo were the marksmen as Albion were beaten

1977 - Preston NE 2-0 Gillingham              D3     Att: 7,212

1983 - Burnley 2-3 Gillingham                  D3     Att: 5,590
Terry Cochrane, Tony Cascarino and Dave Mehmet were all on target in win at Turf Moor

1986 - Chester City 1-1 Gillingham          D3     Att: 2,198
A Colin Greenall goal earned the Gills a point at Sealand Road

1988 - Southend Utd 2-1 Gillingham        D3   Att: 3,200
Steve Lovell scored at Roots Hall but the home side won

1994 - Hereford Utd 2-1 Gillingham         D3   Att: 2,470
An Andy Arnott goal wasn't enough at Edgar Street

1996 - Shrewsbury T 1-2 Gillingham        D2   Att: 2,042
Iffy Onuora and Dennis Bailey with the goals that beat the Shrews

2005 - Gillingham 0-0 Yeovil Town           L1    Att: 6,848
Moses Ashikodi was dismissed less than 30 minutes after replacing Andy Hessenthaler at half-time

2011 - Torquay Utd 2-5 Gillingham          L2   Att: 2,582
A Jo Kuffour double was added to by Luke Rooney, Frank Nouble and Chris Whelpdale in a convincing win at Plainmoor



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

1927 - Sidney Brown at Newport Co

1994 - Ian Hutchinson away to Hereford

2005 - Paul Crichton against Yeovil at home

2011 - Jack Evans down at Torquay



1986 - Tommy Forecast

The keeper joined the Gills on a season-long loan in July as part of the deal that took Paulo Gazzaniga to Southampton.

He made his debut at Crawley Town in the Johnstone Paints Trophy.

1987 - Stuart Lewis

The combative midfielder was signed from Stevenage Borough by his former boss Mark Stimson in January 2008 along with Barry Fuller and he made his debut at Tranmere Rovers.

He made 60 appearances for the Gills, including in the play-off final against Shrewsbury Town  at Wembley, before joining Dagenham & Redbridge in the summer of 2010.

His stay in East London was short and sweet, less than five months in fact, as a falling out with boss John Still saw him move to Wycombe Wanderers, following an initial loan.



1996 - Alf Bentley

The Aylesham born goalkeeper played for his local youth side, Snowdown Colliery Welfare, Coventry City and Margate before coming to Priestfield in August 1958.

Because of the form of John Simpson he had to wait eight months for his debut, which came against Watford at home, and only made a total of 13 appearances in four seasons with the club.

He then played for Tunbridge Wells and Hastings United before holding managerial roles at Canterbury City, Dover, Folkestone, Ramsgate and Snowdown.

Alf died aged 64 in Dover on 15 October 1996.

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