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22 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...


1894 - New Brompton 4-0 Uxbridge        SL
Dave Hutcheson, Arthur Rule, Fred Manning and Harry Buckland were on target in a convincing win.

1900 - Millwall Ath. 3-1 New Brompton  SL
George Seeley got the goal in this defeat in SE London

1906 - Reading 3-0 New Brompton          SL

1923 - Swansea Town 3-1 Gillingham      D3S
The Gills scorer in South Wales was Joe North

1934 - Gillingham 1-2 Watford                 D3S     Att: 4,404
A Dick Doncaster penalty wasn't enough to stop the Hornets winning

1948 - Torquay Utd Res 1-2 Gillingham  SL
Tug Wilson and Jackie Briggs netted in this victory on the English Riviera

1951 - Northampton T 2-1 Gillingham    D3S     Att: 12,853
Jackie Briggs was again the marksman but couldn't prevent a defeat

1956 - Torquay Utd 3-3 Gillingham         D3S    Att: 7,123
Charlie Marks from the penalty spot, a Smith own goal and James Taylor all scored away but it only earned the Gills a point.

1958 - Oldham Ath. 3-1 Gillingham         D4      Att: 2,732
A consolation goal was scored by John Edgar at Boundary Park

1962 - Gillingham 0-1 Mansfield Town   D4      Att: 11,503

1965 - Blackpool 5-2 Gillingham             LC2    Att: 6,717
Brian Gibbs and Gordon Pulley scored but the Tangerines rocked the Gills

1973 - Hartlepool Utd 2-1 Gillingham     D4      Att: 1,399
The Gills lost in the North-East, George Jacks was on target

1979 - Hull City 0-0 Gillingham               D3     Att: 6,142

1984 - Gillingham 3-0 Walsall                  D3     Att: 4,102
A Tony Cascarino double and another from John Leslie were more than enough to beat the Saddlers

1987 - Stoke City 2-0 Gillingham             D3     Att: 7,198

1990 - Gillingham 0-2 Maidstone Utd     D4     Att: 8,004

2001 - Gillingham 2-1 Rotherham Utd  D1      Att: 7,688
Goals from Chris Hope and Marlon King saw off the Millers

2007 - Nottm Forest 4-0 Gillingham      L1      Att: 16,330
Junior Agogo netted a treble as Forest crushed the Gills

2012 - Port Vale 0-2 Gillingham               L2      Att: 6,978
Deon Burton and Chris Whelpdale hit the target for the leaders at second-place Vale



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

1956 - Paul Lucas at Torquay

1958 - Ed Tudor against Oldham at Boundary Park

1973 - Dave Coxhill up at Hartlepool

1990 - David Crown versus Maidstone at Priestfield

2007 - Chris Dickson and Derek Stillie against Forest at the City Ground

2012 - Robbie Findley at Vale Park



1902 - Charles Davis

The centre-half arrived at Priestfield in May 1924 and made his debut at Luton at the start of the following season but made a total of just seven appearances.

He later returned to his native North-East when joining West Stanley.

1962 - Mark Miller

The former Newcastle United apprentice cost £3,500 when he came to Gillingham from Whitley Bay in October 1981.

The nippy winger had to wait until the following February for his debut which came at Chester City.

After 16 months at the club, in which he made 10 appearances, he returned to Whitley Bay but did later play league football with both Doncaster Rovers and Darlington.

In 1985 he moved to Malta where he has enjoyed a successful career both as a player and coach at the likes of Rabat Ajax, Floriana, Sliema Wanderers and Hibernians as well as the Maltese youth and under-21 squads.

Mark is currently coaching at Valletta FC.

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