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7 April 2013

Richard Day reviews this day in the club's history

News relevant to Gillingham FC on this day in history, games, players, debuts etc...


1894 - New Brompton 8-1 Rochester     CCC

1900 - New Brompton 0-1 Gravesend U     SLD1

1906 - New Brompton 2-0 Watford     SLD1
John Campbell and Arthur Beardsworth were on target to secure the points

1923 - Gillingham 1-0 Southend Utd     D3S
Horace Williams was the match winner

1928 - Exeter C 2-2 Gillingham     D3S   Att: 6,001
James Poxton and a Pool own goal saw the Gills take a point from St James Park

1934 - Aldershot T 0-2 Gillingham     D3S   Att: 2,832
Goals from Sim Raleigh and Arthur Mills helped the Gills to victory

1937 - Luton Town 5-2 Gillingham     D3S   Att: 13,386
Jim Watson and Syd Hartley found the net at Kenilworth Road but Town won emphatically

1939 - Bath City 2-1 Gillingham     SLD1
The Gills won nine, drew one and lost just this one at Twerton Park in the run-in as they unsuccessfully chased the title. Harry Rowley was the scorer.

1947 - Guildford C 2-1 Gillingham     SLD1   Att: 8,000
Title challengers City edged this one - T Hopper netting for the Gills

1948 - Gravesend & N 0-2 Gillingham     SLD1
A Hughie Russell double won the points at Stonebridge Road

1950 - Gillingham 1-1 Weymouth     SLD1   Att: 9,233
A Jackie Briggs goal earned a home point

1951 - Gillingham 1-4 Nott'm Forest     D3S   Att: 13,845
The consolation came from Dave Thomas

1956 - Northampton T 0-2 Gillingham     D3S   Att: 6,553
Goals from Larry Baxter and Dave Hawkins secured the points at the County Ground

1958 - Southend Utd 2-0 Gillingham     D3S   Att: 12,244

1962 - Hartlepools Utd 1-3 Gillingham     D4      Att: 2,434
Gordon Pulley (2) and Alec Farrall netted in the Gills success at Victoria Park

1969 - Gillingham 2-0 Barrow     D3   Att: 6,037
Carl Gilbert hit both as the Gills claimed the points

1979 - Carlisle Utd 1-0 Gillingham     D3   Att: 5,093

1980 - Sheff Wed 1-0 Gillingham     D3   Att: 22,920

1981 - Gillingham 0-0 Burnley       D3   Att: 4,412

1984 - Bolton W 0-1 Gillingham     D3   Att: 4,815
The Gills won at Burnden Park thanks to a Tony Cascarino goal

1986 - Derby Co 2-0 Gillingham       D3   Att: 11,351

1990 - Gillingham 0-2 Torquay Utd     D3   Att: 2,873

2000 - Reading 2-2 Gillingham       D2   Att: 11,064
After going behind just before the break, Nicky Southall and substitute Iffy Onuora struck to put the Gills ahead before the Royals equalised

2001 - Gillingham 4-3 Norwich C     C    Att: 9,631
Onuora was on target again, with a hat-trick, and Chris Hope hit the other in a slender victory

2007 - Rotherham U 3-2 Gillingham     L1   Att: 3,223
After Delroy Facey struck early for the Millers, goals from Felix Bastians and Andrew Crofts in a three minute spell put the Gills in front but they couldn't hang on.



1903 - Jimmy Nicholl 

Jimmy was signed from Glasgow Perthshire FC in May 1925 but had to wait until the trip to Norwich City in October that year before making his debut.

After scoring twice in 89 games for the Gills he moved to Portsmouth in November 1927.

1946 - George Ley

The experienced left-back had played for Hitchin Town, Arsenal as an amateur, Exeter City, Portsmouth, Brighton & HA, and N.A.L side Dallas Tornado before arriving at Gillingham under Len Ashurst in August 1974.

George made his debut against Aldershot the following month and in his two seasons with the club he scored twice in 89 appearances.

After leaving Priestfield he returned to the States and Tornado but later played for both the Wichita Wings and the Oklahoma City Slickers - he was also assistant-coach at the latter.

After a spell back in England as youth team coach at Luton Town he has worked as a coach for both youth, amateur and professional organizations in the USA with Austin Sockadilloes, River City Rangers and current club Crossfire in Round Rock.



1978 - Enos Bromage

Having previously played for Sheffield United and Derby County, the outside-left joined Gillingham from the Rams in August 1927.

He made his debut on the opening day of the season at Charlton Athletic, the first of 22 appearances before moving to West Bromwich Albion the following March and he later played at Nottingham Forest, Chester City and Wellington Town.

Enos died in Derby on this day in 1978.

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