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12 September 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...

Defensive midfielder David Wright joins the Gills on loan from Championship side Crystal Palace NEWS...

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1903 - New Brompton 0-3 Southampton  SLD1

1908 - Coventry City 3-4 New Brompton  SLD1
Goals from Arthurs (2), J Reid and Hales gave the Brompton boys victory

1914 - Gillingham 1-1 Cardiff City              SLD1
Harry Lee got the goal in a draw with the Bluebirds

1925 - Gillingham 0-1 Swindon Town       D3(S)

1931 - Thames 3-0 Gillingham                    D3(S)   Att: 1991

1936 - Gillingham 1-0 Southend United    D3(S)   Att: 7873
James Dodds got the goal which sent United back to Essex pointless

1951 - Gillingham 3-0 Torquay United      D3(S)   Att: 12,229
Goals from Derek Lewis (two) and Dave Thomas earned the Gills a comfortable victory

1953 - Watford 6-1 Gillingham                   D3(S)   Att: 12,929
Ernie Morgan hit the consolation at Vicarage Road

1955 - Coventry City 2-0 Gillingham          D3(S)   Att: 18,386

1956 - Swindon Town 2-3 Gillingham       D3(S)   Att: 6,082
James Taylor struck a hat-trick in just his third appearance for the club
1959 - Barrow 0-1 Gillingham                    D3(S)   Att: 6871
A Bill Albury penalty made the long journey home a happier one

1960 - Accrington S 3-0 Gillingham          D4       Att: 4941

1962 - Gillingham 2-1 Rochdale                D4       Att: 5851
George Francis and Ronnie Waldock were on target against 'Dale

1964 - Gillingham 1-0 Hull City                   D3      Att: 11,144
A lone goal from Brian Gibbs proved sufficient to shoot down the Tigers

1970 - Gillingham 1-2 Torquay Utd           D3       Att: 4349
A Mike Green goal couldn't prevent a home defeat

1973 - Gillingham 7-2 Scunthorpe Utd    D4      Att: 4610
The Gills went goal crazy - a Brian Yeo treble, two from Damien Richardson plus others from Dick Tydeman  and Alan Wilks stunned the visitors

1978 - Gillingham 0-0 Sheffield Wed.     D3      Att: 5835

1981 - Gillingham 0-1 Chester City         D3      Att: 3990

1987 - Fulham 0-2 Gillingham                  D3      Att: 4704
Steve Lovell and David Shearer got the goals at Craven Cottage

1992 - Gillingham 0-0 Chesterfield         D3     Att: 2976

1995 - Hereford Utd 0-0 Gillingham       D3     Att: 1740

1998 - Colchester Utd 1-1 Gillingham   D2    Att: 4612
The Gills returned from Layer Road with a point thanks to Carl Asaba

2005 Folkestone Inv. 2-0 Gills Youth      JUCF
Bobby Patterson's youngsters were beaten at Cheriton Road in the final of the John Ullman Cup held over from the previous season.

2006 - Gillingham 2-1 Millwall                 L1   Att: 7934
Clint Easton and Matt Jarvis goals sent the Lions packing with their tails between their legs

2009 - Gillingham 2-0 Millwall                 L1   Att: 8097
Two first-half efforts from Andy Barcham and Curtis Weston again mean't another defeat for the South London side



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

1956 - Irvine Gray versus Swindon at Priestfield

1995 - Alex Watson at Hereford



1944 - Joe Jacques
Joe,born in Consett up in the North-East, had played for England Boys, Preston North End, Lincoln City, Darlington and Southend United before Gillingham boss Andy Nelson paid £5,000 for the naturally aggressive defender in November 1972 and he made his Gills debut in a 4-2 home win against Bradford City.
He was quickly named captain, succeeding Dave Quirke, and the following season (1973-74) he skippered the side that won promotion from the Fourth Division as runners-up to Peterborough United.
His one and only goal for the club came in April 1973 when he scored the second-half winner in a 2-1 victory over Colchester United here at Priestfield Stadium.
He began the 1974-75 season in the team but had made just eight appearances, taking his total to 76 for the Gills, prior to a move to Dartford in December 1974.
A short spell followed back in the Football League at Hartlepool United before moving to Crook Town.
Unfortunately in February 1981, at the age of just 36, Joe died of a heart attack at his Darlington home.

1971 - Lee Harrison
The goalkeeper played at a number of clubs on loan from Charlton Athletic, including the Gills.
He arrived at Priestfield in March 1992 but only appeared in the final two games of the season, making his debut at Chesterfield.
Since leaving the Valley he has had spells at Fulham, Barnet (twice making 363 appearances), Leyton Orient and Peterborough United.
During 2010-11 Lee was with Hayes & Yeading before being named assistant-manager at Newport County in May 2011 but was released when Justin Edinburgh took over the Welsh side five months later.
In August 2012 Harrison was named goalkeeping coach at Wycombe Wanderers and he was named on the bench for the game against Gillingham at Adams Park recently. 

1986 - Akwasi Edusei
The young forward came through the ranks here at Priestfield and famously scored the goal for the youth team when they beat Liverpool in an FA Youth Cup 4th Round tie at Anfield.
He made his first-team debut while still a youth team member, replacing Paul Shaw in the 79th minute of a home game with Walsall in April 2003.
Akwasi made just eight appearances for the first-team before moving into non-league circles playing for a number of clubs and was most recently playing for Canvey Island Reserves.

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