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16 October 2012



16 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...


1897 - New Brompton 2-0 Eastbourne Swifts   FAC2Q
Dave Hutcheson and Hugh Gallacher scored to defeat the Sussex side

1909 - New Brompton 1-1 QPR   SLD1
Albert Court was on target in this draw

1912 - Gillingham 0-4 Reading   SLD1

1920 - Gillingham 2-1 Exeter City   D3
Wally Battiste scored both against City

1926 - Gillingham 2-3 Brighton & HA   D3S   Att: 6,385
William Arblaster and Frank Marshall goals weren't enough as the Sussex side claimed the points

1935 - Exeter City 4-2 Gillingham   D3SC1
Bill Baldwin and Tom Hopkins both netted but the home side went through

1937 - Gillingham 0-1 Bristol Rovers   D3S   Att: 6,628

1946 - Gillingham 2-1 Gravesend & N   SLCQR
A Bill Hales double decided this North Kent derby

1948 - Gillingham 3-0 Worcester City   SLD1   Att: 9,112
Hughie Russell scored twice and Tug Wilson added another in an easy win

1954 - Gillingham 0-1 Watford   D3S   Att: 10,232

1965 - Gillingham 0-1 Shrewsbury T   D3   Att: 9,235

1971 - Gillingham 4-2 Darlington   D4   Att: 4,625
A Dave Peach penalty, two goals from Brian Yeo and one from Alan Wilks saw the Quakers easily beaten

1976 - Gillingham 0-1 Lincoln City   D3   Att: 6,053

1982 - Cardiff City 1-0 Gillingham   D3   Att: 4,828

1991 - Sittingbourne 1-2 Gillingham   Fr   Att: 250
Richard Carpenter and David Crown scored in this friendly win at Central Park

1993 - Gillingham 2-1 Darlington   D3   Att: 3,063
Andy Arnott and Neil Smith were the goalscorers against the Quakers

1999 - Luton Town 3-1 Gillingham   D2   Att: 6,394
A Junior Lewis goal was just a consolation at Kenilworth Road

2010 - Port Vale 0-0 Gillingham   L2   Att: 6,420



The following player made his Gillingham debut in the above games...

1926 - Samuel Mason at home to Brighton



1922 - Charlie Burtenshaw
The Portslade born outside-right played for Brighton & HA as a junior, Southwick and Luton Town before coming to Priestfield in October 1949 as part of a £10,000 deal that also included his brother Bill and Bill Collins.

Charlie made his Southern League debut at Worcester City and following the Gills promotion his first Football League game came against Colchester United on the opening day of the 1950-51 campaign.

A broken leg sustained in a home game against Crystal Palace in February 1951 kept him out of the side for 13 months but although he made two further appearances taking his total to 61 in total, the injury had ultimately ended his professional career.

He enjoyed a successful spell with Snowdown Colliery Welfare before moving to Canterbury City in the summer of 1959.

1935 - Cliff Payton
The forward arrived at Gillingham, via Plymouth Argyle, Wisbech Town, Accrington Stanley and Tonbridge, in March 1959 and scored on his debut away at Port Vale.

Cliff struggled for a regular place in the side and after five goals in 25 games he joined Dartford in July 1960.

1958 - Dave Shearer
The stocky Scottish forward began his career with hometown club Inverness Clachnacuddin and then played for Middlesbrough, Wigan Athletic (loan) and Grimsby Town before joining the Gills in August 1984.

His debut came as a substitute for his former 'Boro team mate Terry Cochrane in a 4-2 win at Orient the following month.

An eye for goal and predatory instincts saw him net 50 goals, including three hat-tricks against Colchester United, Wigan and Swansea City, in his 119 appearances.

Spells followed at Bournemouth and Scunthorpe United before returning to the North-East with Darlington and Billingham Synthonia. 

1983 - Chris Palmer
The former Derby County trainee played for Hereford United (loan), Notts County, Wycombe Wanderers, Darlington (loan) and Walsall before Mark Stimson brought him to Priestfield in July 2009.

The versatile performer made his debut in the Carling Cup tie with Plymouth Argyle, the first of 47 appearances for the Gills.

A desire to move back to his native Midlands saw him join Burton Albion in the summer of 2011.

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