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19 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...


1903 - Fulham 1-0 New Brompton         SL

1908 - New Brompton 2-0 Bristol Rov.  SL

Herbert Powell and J Reid struck to sink the Pirates

1914 - Exeter City 2-0 Gillingham           SL

1925 - Exeter City 2-1 Gillingham           D3(S)  Att: 3,854

Reg McKee got the goal in a West Country defeat

1931 - Gillingham 0-2 Brentford             D3(S)  Att: 7225

1953 - Gillingham 0-4 Torquay Utd        D3(S)   Att: 11,824

1959 - Gillingham 3-1 Chester City       D4         Att: 7551

Bill Albury scored two, including a penalty, and Scottish winger Gordon Brown added another in this home victory

1964 - Brentford 2-0 Gillingham            D3        Att: 13,075

1970 - Port Vale 1-1 Gillingham             D3        Att: 5178

A Mike Green goal ensured the Gills returned home from Vale Park with a point

1981 - Preston NE 1-1 Gillingham         D3        Att: 4565

Danny Westwood was the scorer at Deepdale

1987 - Gillingham 3-1 York City            D3         Att:5501

A brace from Karl Elsey and another from Gary West helped the Gills to a comfortable win

1990 - Hereford Utd 1-1 Gillingham    D4         Att: 2632

Peter Heritage scored at Edgar Street to earn the Gills a share of the points

1992 - Cardiff City 3-1 Gillingham       D3         Att: 6356

Nicky Forster scored in the defeat at Ninian Park

1998 - Gillingham 2-1 Burnley             D2         Att: 5702

Gills scorers in this home win were Micky Galloway and Robert Taylor

2001 - Cobham 0-14 Gills XI 

Mark Lovell scored four, Andrew Crofts hit a hat-trick, Danny Spiller and C.Jones registered two apiece while Ben White, Richard Rose and Jones Awuah netted one apiece in a memorial game for Steven Armstrong

2009 - Leeds Utd 4-1 Gillingham        L1         Att: 21,026

Andy Barcham got the Gills goal in a defeat at Elland Road



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

1931 - Thomas Shipley and Ernie Watkins versus Brentford

1981 - John Sitton at Preston



1929 - Peter Chiswick

The goalkeeper arrived from West Ham United in July 1956 and made his debut against Watford on the opening day of the season.

Peter spent just one season at Priestfield making a total of 14 appearances before moving on to Margate.

1947 - Henry Hill

Henry had been released by Ipswich Town when boss Andy Nelson brought him to Priestfield Stadium in July 1971.

He made his debut as a substitute for Brian Yeo in the game at Peterborough United two months later but after appearing four times and having a spell on loan at Dartford, Henry moved to Margate in the November.

In January 1972 he moved to South Africa where he was to spend seven years.

1970 - Lee Palmer

The left-back joined the Gills as a trainee in June 1987 and turned pro two years later having already made his first-team debut against Rotherham.

He went on to make 144 appearances for the club in his six seasons at the club which included a spell on loan at Sittingbourne.

After leaving for Cambridge United in August 1995 he later returned to Kent playing for both Dover Athletic and Folkestone.

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