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31 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...


1988 - Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Keith Burkinshaw was appointed as the new Gillingham manager following Paul Taylor's dismissal.

1994 - 42-year-old Gladiator 'Wolf' or Michael Van Wijk, to use his real name, played in the reserves 3-1 victory over Cambridge United  



1896 - New Brompton 6-1 Faversham         FAC1Q
A convincing victory thanks to two goals apiece from Jack Peters and Jack Frettingham plus others from John Walker and Dan Pellatt

1903 - Bristol Rovers 2-0 New Brompton    SLD1

1908 - New Brompton 2-1 West Ham Utd    SLD1
Arthur Pickett and an own goal from Taylor proved too much for the Irons

1914 - Millwall 3-0 Gillingham                    SLD1

1925 - Gillingham 3-1 Brighton & HA          D3S   Att: 6,814
Two goals from Fred Brown plus one from Reg McKee were more than enough to beat Albion

1931 - Gillingham 1-0 QPR                        D3S   Att: 5,457
Bill White scored the only goal of the game

1936 - QPR 0-1 Gillingham                        D3S   Att: 5,687
Tom Robinson notched the winner at Loftus Road

1953 - Gillingham 2-2 Bristol City              D3S   Att: 10,968
Goals from Billy Evans and Ernie Morgan saw the Gills get a point

1959 - Gillingham 2-0 Watford                   D4     Att: 7,107
Gordon Brown and Pat Terry were on the mark against the Hornets

1964 - Mansfield Town 3-1 Gillingham        D3    Att: 7,073
A Les Riggs goal wasn't enough at Field Mill

1970 - Gillingham 0-2 Shrewsbury T          D3    Att: 3,938

1970 - Swansea C 2-0 Gills Res                FC

1973 - Bradford City 0-0 Gillingham          D4    Att: 2,567

1981 - Gillingham 1-0 Swindon Town         D3    Att: 8,410
Dean White got the winner against Town

1987 - Port Vale 0-0 Gillingham                 D3    Att: 3,495

1989 - Gillingham 1-0 Rochdale                 D4    Att: 3,127
Steve Lovell was the marksman against 'Dale

1992 - Torquay Utd 2-0 Gillingham             D3   Att: 3,005

1995 - Exeter City 0-0 Gillingham              D3   Att: 3,024

1998 - Lincoln City 1-2 Gillingham             D2   Att: 4,366
A Carl Asaba double won the points at Sincil Bank



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

1970 - Jimmy McVeigh at home to Shrewsbury



1972 - Michael Harle

The Gills trainee made his debut against Torquay United in January 1991 and later in the season added another appearance as a substitute.

However at the end of that season he turned down the offer of a contract at Priestfield Stadium and instead moved to the then dubbed 'Manchester United of non-league football' the ambitious Sittingbourne.

After just over two years at Central Park Millwall paid £100,000 for the left-back but he made just 22 appearances in four seasons. He also played for Bury, Barnet and Welling United.

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