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9 September 2012

Richard Day looks back at news relevant to Gillingham FC on this day in history, games, players, debuts etc...


2007 -
Gills boss Ronnie Jepson resigns after a 3-0 defeat against Southend United at Roots Hall the previous day



1893 - New Brompton 3-3 Royal Eng.          Fr

1899 - New Brompton 1-1 Millwall Ath.     SL 
John MacDonald found the net in this one

1905 - New Brompton 0-3 Bristol Rov.        SL

- New Brompton 2-1 Southampton    SL 
A Pickering double was enough to beat the Saints

1908-Swindon T 6-1 New Brompton         SL 
Arthur Pickett got the consolation in this heavy defeat

1911-Exeter City 8-1 New Brompton         SL  
Ted Whiteside was on target in this hefty defeat

1914 -Gillingham 4-0 West Ham Utd          SL 
P Glen, Tom Leslie (a penalty), Lee, Hooper were the scorers against the Irons

1922- QPR 2-1 Gillingham                             D3S
Thomas Hall was on target for the Gills in their defeat in West London

1925 - Gillingham 3-1 Merthyr Town          D3S      Att: 3,793
Dick Edmed, Reg McKee and a penalty from Frank Marshall earned the points against the Welsh outfit.

1931- Gillingham 1-3 Luton Town              D3S      Att: 5,950
Former East Stirling forward John Renwick, who scored three goals in five games for the Gills, netted against the Hatters.

1933 - Watford 2-1 Gillingham                    D3S      Att: 8,267
George Purcell scored in the defeat at Vicarage Road

1936 - Gillingham 1-0 Bournemouth          D3S        Att: 4,421
James Dodds got the winner against the Cherries

1937- Newport County 2-0 Gillingham      D3S       Att: 5,662

1944 - Gravesend Utd 4-2 Gillingham         KL
Hughes and Jarman grabbed the goals in this reverse

1950- Watford 5-0 Gillingham                    D3S        Att: 10,529

1953 - Ipswich Town 6-1 Gillingham          D3S        Att: 12,459
Jimmy Scarth scored but it was little consolation at Portman Road

1961- Chesterfield 3-2 Gillingham             D4         Att: 3,993
Goals from Dennis Hunt and Peter Godfrey weren't enough to prevent defeat at Saltergate.

1964- Gillingham 1-0 Barnsley                   D3         Att: 13,677
Winger John Meredith scored the only goal of the game.

1966- Orient 0-1 Gillingham                       D3        Att: 5,999
Charlie Rackstraw earned the Gills victory at Brisbane Road

1967- Gillingham 1-0 Grimsby Town        D3     Att: 4,568
A spot-kick from Charlie Crickmore won the game for the Gills

1970 - Cardiff C 4-0 Gills Res                       FC

1975- Carlisle United 2-0 Gillingham       LC2   Att: 5,274

1978- Tranmere Rov. 1-1 Gillingham       D3     Att: 1,589
Ken Price struck at Prenton Park to earn the Gills a point.

1989- Hartlepool Utd 1-2 Gillingham       D4    Att: 1,379
Goals from Lee Palmer and Peter Heritage earned the Gills victory at Victoria Park.

1992- Northampton T 0-2 Gillingham      LC1-2L Att: 2,390
David Crown and Trevor Aylott were on target to earn the Gills a place in the 2nd Round of the Coca Cola Cup.

1995- Scunthorpe Utd 1-1 Gillingham      D3    Att: 2,423
Dennis Bailey netted the Gillingham goal at Glanford Park.

1998 Lordswood1-3Gills XI                                 Att 265
The game was played to mark the official turning on of the floodlights at Martyn Grove, Kevin Bremner (2) and Mick Galloway were the Gills scorers while former youth player Damon Verrall got the Lords reply 

2000- Grimsby Town 1-0 Gillingham     D1   Att: 4,512

2006 - Doncaster Rov. 1-2 Gillingham    L1   Att: 5,772
Goals from Andrew Crofts and Michael Flynn saw the Gills overcome Sean Clohessy's dismissal to take the points.



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

1922 - Albert Reay at QPR


away at Doncaster 2006 - Scott Flinders

(above) at Tranmere John Sharpe  - 1978

versus Grimsby at Priestfield Howard Moore - 1967

against Bournemouth at home Sydney Hartley  - 1936

at Watford Thomas Syred  and Charlie Robinson- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------


1943Simon Royce - 1971

The 1964-65 campaign saw just one game played, away at Peterborough United but the following season he made 11 appearances before moving to Bournemouth in February 1966 after Cox had taken over at Dean Court the previous month. 

He didn't make his debut until the November trip to Oxford United which turned out to be his only appearance of the season.

Rod came through the ranks at Portsmouth before following his former boss Freddie Cox to Priestfield in July 1963.

Rod Taylor-

The experienced goalkeeper played for a number of clubs, many on loan, but had his best spells with Southend United and QPR before moving to Priestfield initially on loan in April 2007.

He made his debut in the home game against Port Vale and, after making his move permanent, he went on to make a total of 109 appearances which included keeping a clean sheet at Wembley in the Play-Off Final against Shrewsbury Town. 

In the summer of 2010 he rejected the offer of a goalkeeping coach role with the Gills to take up a similar role at Brentford.

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