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30 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...


2011 - Striker Jo Kuffour joined the Gills on an initial loan from Bristol Rovers



1893 - W. Arsenal 2-4 New Brompton      FR

1899 - Reading 3-1 New Brompton           SLD1
Tom Pangbourne scored but the Biscuitmen won comfortably

1905 - New Brompton 0-0 Swindon T      SLD1

1911 - New Brompton 1-3 Millwall           SLD1
Edward Whiteside scored in this defeat against the Lions

1922 - Gillingham 2-2 Swansea Town      D3S
Bill Arnold scored on his debut and Tom Thompson added another to ensure a draw with the Swans

1925 - Gillingham 1-1 Northampton T     D3S        Att: 4,347
Thomas Hall scored in the draw against the Cobblers

1933 - Gillingham 6-2 Cardiff City            D3S        Att: 8,907
Goals from Fred Liddle, Alex Forbes, George Nicol, George Purcell, Arthur Mills and a Russell own goal saw the Bluebirds smashed for six

1936 - Bristol City 0-2 Gillingham            D3SC1   Att: 1,150
Alf Wheeler and Tommy Robinson goals ensured a triumphant return from Ashton Gate

1944 - Snowdown CW 2-4 Gillingham   KL
George Tadman (2), Tug Wilson and Stan Trumper were on target in this away victory

1950 - Gillingham 0-1 Ipswich Town     D3S      Att: 12,853

1953 - Gillingham 1-2 Leyton Orient     D3S     Att: 6,371
Jimmy Scarth scored but the O's claimed the points

1959 - Gillingham 2-2 Workington        D4        Att: 5,821
A Pat Terry brace earned the Gills a point against the Reds

1961 - Mansfield T 3-1 Gillingham        D4       Att: 10,597
Charlie Livesey scored in the defeat at Field Mill

1964 - Gillingham 1-0 Southend Utd    D3      Att: 13,109
A Charlie Rackstraw goal beat Southend

1967 - Swindon Town 2-2 Gillingham  D3     Att: 12,983
Bill Brown got both goals at the County Ground

1972 - Crewe Alex 1-1 Gillingham        D4     Att: 1699
Brian Yeo netted to earn a point against the Railwaymen

1978 - Gillingham 2-1 Chesterfield       D3    Att: 4596
The Spireites were beaten by goals from Danny Westwood and Damien Richardson

1980 - Huddersfield T 1-0 Gillingham  D3    Att: 7716

1986 - Mansfield T 1-0 Gillingham        D3   Att: 3046

1989 - Peterborough U 1-1 Gillingham D4  Att: 4199
Steve Lovell was on target at London Road

1995 - Gillingham 3-0 Bury                     D3   Att: 6018
A Dennis Bailey effort and a brace from Leo Fortune-West rattled the Shakers

2000 - Gillingham 2-0 Sheffield Wed   D1   Att: 9099
Goals from Guy Butters and Andy Thomson put the Owls to flight

2006 - Gillingham 2-1 Cheltenham T   L1   Att: 5688
Matt Jarvis and Mark Bentley hit the net against the Robins



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

1922 - Bill Arnold versus Swansea T

2006 - Bas Savage against Cheltenham



1952 - Glenn Aitken

The left-back was still an amateur when he made his Gills debut against Mansfield Town in November 1972 and signed pro terms the following month.

After 25 appearances he joined then non-league Wimbledon and captained the team that won promotion to the Football League in 1977.

Glenn later played for Kent sides Maidstone United, Dartford, Chatham Town and Thanet United.

1971 - Neil Smith

The tough-tackling midfielder came through the ranks at Tottenham Hotspur before joining the Gills initially on loan in October 1991 before a £40,000 deal went through.

Neil went on to make more than 250 appearances for the club before moving to Fulham in July 1997 and the following season was in the squad that won the Division Two title under Kevin Keegan.

Smith later played at Woking for six years before taking managerial/coaching roles at Kingfield before moving on to the likes of Grays Athletic, Croydon Athletic, Lewes and currently Bromley.

1972 - Richard Carpenter 

Born in Sheerness, 'Chippie' joined the Gills aged 12 and progressed through the ranks here at Priestfield signing professional terms in May 1991 seven months after scoring on his debut as a substitute against Wrexham.

After five goals in 141 appearances a £35,000 deal took him to Fulham in September 1996 and he later played for Cardiff City and Brighton & HA, winning promotion with each of them and has worked with the Sussex clubs Albion in the Community.

He recently returned to playing action with Ryman League Division One (South) Faversham Town. 

1972 - Matt Joseph

Former Arsenal youngster Matt made just one appearance for the Gills in a 3-3 draw with Fulham in an Autoglass Trophy tie in December 1992.

He went on to make 442 league and cup appearances for Cambridge United and Leyton Orient plus two caps for Barbados and then dropped into non-league soccer with Canvey Island and Histon before retiring.

1982 - Ben Chorley

The Sidcup born defender was another to come through the ranks at Arsenal but joined the Gills on loan from MK Dons in October 2006 making his debut against Carlisle United.

He made 27 appearances in total for Gillingham and has since had a spell at Tranmere Rovers before joining current club Leyton Orient in June 2009.

1992 - Alex Brown

The young midfielder, who celebrates his 20th birthday today, made his first-team debut against Morecambe as a substitute for Jack Payne in the final game of the 2011-12 campaign.

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