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28 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...


1901 - Northampton T 3-2 New Brompton  SLD1 

 Jack Frettingham scored both in defeat by Cobblers

1907 - New Brompton 2-2 Leyton                  SLD1 

Harry Salter and a EA Harvey penalty earned a point 

1910 New Brompton 2-1 Brentford              SLD1 

 John Reynolds and Martin Higgins were on target against the Bees

1912 - Gillingham 0-0 Millwall                       SLD1 

1929 - Gillingham 1-1 Crystal Palace            D3S        Att: 6,818 

Len Dowell scored in the draw against Palace 

1935 - Exeter City 2-5 Gillingham                 D3S       Att: 5,583 

 Two goals apiece from Bill Duncan and Dick Doncaster plus another from George Tadman helped the Gills to a convincing away victory

1937 - Gillingham 3-1 Brighton & HA          D3SCR1 

Jim Watson (2) and Cyril Walker were the marksmen that put the Seagulls to flight 

1938 - Gillingham 1-1 Bristol Rov. Res       SLD1 

Albert Braillisford scored as the Pirates stole a point

1946 - Merthyr Tydfil 1-0 Gillingham         SLD1 

1957 - Aldershot 2-0 Gillingham                  D3S       Att: 5,349 

1966 - Arsenal 5-0 Gillingham                      LC2       Att: 18,409 

The Gunners proved too good in the League Cup 2nd Round second replay at Highbury following two draws 

1968 - Gillingham 1-1 Mansfield Town       D3        Att: 4,650 

 Derek Woodley scored but the Stags still got away with a point

1974 - Gillingham 1-1 Peterborough Utd    D3       Att: 6,636 

A goal from Damien Richardson wasn't enough to beat the Posh 

1982 - Gillingham 1-0 Reading                     D3      Att: 3,621 

Tony Cascarino notched the only goal of the game to send the Royals home pointless 

1985 - Gillingham 1-2 York City                  D3     Att: 3,509 

City won at Priestfield despite a goal from Paul Collins 

1991 - Crewe Alex 2-1 Gillingham            D4      Att: 3,126 

 Mike Trusson scored from the spot but the Gills lost at Gresty Road

1993 - Gillingham 0-0 Colchester Utd  AMTR1   Att: 1,091 

1996 - Stockport Co 2-1 Gillingham         D2      Att: 6,049 

A goal from Iffy Onuora didn't prevent a defeat at Edgeley Park 

2004 - Gillingham 0-2 Leicester City        C       Att: 6,089 

2010 – Gillingham 0-0 Southend Utd        L2    Att: 4,925 



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

  Jeff Johnson versus Reading1982 -

  Mark Morris at Stockport1996 -



1936 - Terry Stacey 

The former Chelsea, Plymouth Argyle and Watford right-back joined the Gills in August 1963 but had to wait six months before making his debut against Tranmere Rovers at home. 

Terry struggled to win a regular place in the team and made a total of just 18 appearances. 

 After a spell at Ramsgate Athletic he moved to the West Country in 1971 and played for Falmouth Town and Bodmin Town.

1960 - Trevor Quow 

The former England Youth international played more 200 times for Peterborough United prior to a £8,500 deal bringing him to Gillingham in July 1986. 

He made his debut at Newport County on the opening day of the season before injuries disrupted his spell at Priestfield. 

Trevor made a total of 106 appearances for the Gills in total, scoring five goals, then Northampton Town paid £20,000 for the midfielders services in January 1989. 

He enjoyed a successful time playing in Hong Kong then returned to non-league circles here in England with Sudbury Town and Stamford and later he became assistant manager to Steve Evans at Boston United as they won promotion to the Conference in 2000. 

1969 - Nico Vaesen 

In January 1998, Nico played as a trialist for Gillingham Reserves in a 3-1 home defeat against Rushden & Diamonds in an Optimum Interiors Capital League game whilst still with Belgian side KSC Eendracht Aalst. 

Despite not impressing that night, some four months later he joined Division One Huddersfield Town in an £80,000 deal but was sent-off just 11 minutes into his Terriers debut at Bury. 

A big money move took him to Championship Birmingham City but it was while he was with the Blues that he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in March 2003 which kept him out of the game for around nine months. 

It was as he looked to regain match fitness he returned to Priestfield in a loan deal on Christmas Eve in 2003 making his debut in the 1-0 Boxing Day home victory over Watford. 

He played in five games before other loan moves to Bradford City and Crystal Palace before returning to Belgium with first Lierse SK and later KFC Verbroedering Geel. 

Since retiring from the game he has become a football agent. 

1972 - Tony Butler 

The former Hartlepool United schoolboy joined the Gills as a trainee in January 1990 and progressed through the ranks to sign professional terms in May 1991. 

He had made his debut the previous month against Blackpool at Priestfield the previous month. 

After scoring six goals in 179 appearances he turned down the offer of a new contract and moved to Blackpool for £225,000 in the summer of 1996. 

He later played for Port Vale, West Bromwich Albion, Bristol City and Blackpool before playing non-league soccer at Forest Green Rovers, Newport County (loan), Hinckley United and Alfreton Town.



1994 - George Tadman 

Despite being born in Rainham, it wasn't until after a move from Bristol Rovers in June 1935 that George made his Gillingham debut. 

That came at Northampton Town on the opening day of the 1935-36 campaign and he scored 19 goals in 44 games in his one season. 

He joined Charlton Athletic the following summer before having later spells at Cheltenham Town and French club FC Sete before becoming player-manager at Somerset side Street FC. 

George died in Bristol on 28 September 1994.

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