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ON THIS DAY

23 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...


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

DEBUTS...

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Michael Flynn scored a penalty as Gills lost heavily
2006 Oldham Ath. 4-1 Gillingham         L1    Att: 4,652

Goals from Mark Saunders and Marlon King earned a victory at the Britannia Stadium
2003 - Stoke City 0-2 Gillingham          LC2   Att: 4,607

2000 - Fulham 3-0 Gillingham                D1    Att: 13,032

Skipper Dave Martin earned the Gills a point at Sealand Road
1995 - Chester City 1-1 Gillingham        D3    Att: 3,886

1992 - Gillingham 0-0 Southampton LC2-1L Att: 7,488

1989 - Carlisle Utd 3-0 Gillingham         D4    Att: 3,185

Ken Price and Billy Hughes cheered the big Gills following at Griffin Park

1978 - Brentford 0-2 Gillingham             D3    Att: 6,977
1975 - Gillingham 0-0 Rotherham Utd   D3    Att: 5,493

George Jacks' goal couldn't stop the Shots winning
1972 - Gillingham 1-2 Aldershot             D4     Att: 3,055

David Peach scored in front of a massive Villa Park crowd
1970 - Aston Villa 2-1 Gillingham           D3     Att: 29,416

Bill Brown, Charlie Crickmore and John Meredith all scored in emphatic victory
1967 - Gillingham 3-0 Reading                D3      Att: 5,790

Tommy Johnston, an Ray Brady own goal and Charlie Livesey were on target against a toothless Lions
1961 - Gillingham 3-1 Millwall                 D4     Att: 8,205

1954 - Brentford 3-0 Gillingham              D3S   Att: 9,241

1950 - Leyton Orient 4-0 Gillingham       D3S   Att: 16,005

Arthur Mills netted to ensure the Gills gained a point
1933 - Bournemouth 1-1 Gillingham        D3S   Att: 4,874

1922 - Swansea Town 1-0 Gillingham      D3S

1911 - QPR 3-0 New Brompton                SL

1905 - Portsmouth 4-0 New Brompton    SL

George Seeley scored in this local derby

1899 - New Brompton 1-1 Chatham        SL
FIXTURES...
1933 - Arthur Mills  Joe was also a top class cricketer playing for both the M.C.C and Middlesex.

Spells followed at Norwich City, Watford and Northfleet United where he briefly coached after retiring.

The forward also played four games in the FA Cup scoring five of the six Gills goals in a 6-0 away win at Southwark non-league side Nunhead.

He scored on his debut, the only goal of the game, against Bristol Rovers on the opening day of the season and netted 11 goals in 39 appearances in his one season at Priestfield.

Joe, who won the Military Medal during World War I, played for Sheffield United, as a guest during the war, Arsenal and Reading before moving to Gillingham in July 1923.


1895 - Joe North
BIRTHS...

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versus Millwall 1961 - Tom Johnston

at Bournemouth

Arthur maintained links with Southampton until his death in Mitcham on 23rd September 1974 at the age of 81.

After ending his playing career at Clapton Orient he later returned to Southampton first as scout but managed the Saints for a three-year spell during the Second World War.

He made his debut at Brighton and went on to score 17 goals in 57 games for the Gills.

After scoring 133 goals in 334 league appearances for Southampton and playing alongside Dixie Dean at Everton, Arthur came to Priestfield aged 35 in in March 1928.


1974 - Arthur Dominy
DEATH...

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Rashid made nine appearances before being released in August 2010 and joined AFC Wimbledon. 

He made his debut on the opening day of the season as a late substitute in the 5-0 victory over Swindon Town.

The former England Youth international joined the Gills in August 2009 following his release by Charlton Athletic.

1989 - Rashid Yussuff


He remained at Dean Court, scoring once in 51 league appearances until becoming player-manager at Hastings United in August 1972.

After making 250 appearances for the Gills, in which he scored seven goals, John signed for Cox once again who was then manager at Bournemouth in August 1969, in an exchange deal for another winger Kenny Pound.

During the 1967-68 campaign Meredith teamed up with John Simpson, John Arnott, Mel Machin and David Quirke to form the Gillingham side that qualified for the National Five-A-Side Competition at Wembley Empire Pool that lost 1-0 to Charlton Athletic in the Final, Keith Peacock netting the winner.

He went on to make a club record 192 consecutive league and Cup appearances, including three ever-present campaigns, before he finally missed a gameI at Scunthorpe United in January 1968.

The creative left winger made his debut in a 2-0 home win against Aldershot and played in the remaining 10 games as the team took the title on goal difference from Carlisle United.

John played for Doncaster Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday and Chesterfield  before Gillingham manager Freddie Cox paid £5,000 for him in March 1964 as the Gills pushed towards the Fourth Division Championship.

1940 - John Meredith
 

He remained in Kent for the remainder of his career playing with Chatham Town (three spells), Dartford (twice), Ashford Town and Tunbridge Wells.

While captaining the Kent League side he made two more first-team appearances during the following campaign but then moved on to Gravesend & Northfleet.

Despite turning professional in December 1957 he had to wait until the final game of the season, at home to Coventry City, before making his debut.

Barry played for Gillingham, Medway and Kent boys before joining the groundstaff at Priestfield Stadium in 1955.

1940 - Barry Judges

 
During that summer he went back to Chatham Town and later played for Ashford Town.

After making eight appearances that season he played for Sittingbourne, Millwall and Chatham Town before returning to Priestfield for the 1929-30 campaign when he played 33 times.

The Faversham-born winger joined from his hometown club in 1918 but didn't make his debut until the trip to Southampton in August 1920.

1900 - Syd Gore


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