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1 February 2013

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...


1986 - Royal Ordnance 1-2 New Brompton  SLD1
A Dave Hutcheson double earned the points

1902 - Wellingborough 0-0 New Brompton  SLD1

1904 - Brentford 1-1 New Brompton             SLD1
Walter Leigh scored the goal in West London

1908 - Manchester City 1-1 New Brompton FAC2
A Charlie McGibbon effort earned a draw at the First Division giants

1930 - Crystal Palace 5-1 Gillingham       D3S   Att: 8,783
Campbell Whyte netted the consolation at Selhurst Park

1936 - Gillingham 2-2 Exeter City             D3S   Att: 6,333
Bill Baldwin and George Tadman were on target in this home draw with City

1947 - Gillingham 3-2 Merthyr Tydfil      SLD1   Att: 4,869
Tug Wilson, Hughie Russell and Wally Akers found the net against the Martyrs

1958 - Plymouth Arg 2-1 Gillingham      D3S    Att: 17,566
A goal from Ron Saunders wasn't enough down at Home Park

1964 - Darlington 1-1 Gillingham            D4      Att: 2,814
Gordon Pulley nabbed the Gills goal against the Quakers

1969 - Gillingham 2-2 Hartlepool           D3   Att: 4,885
Terry Simpson and Derek Woodley hit the goals as the visitors took a point

1975 - Halifax Town 1-1 Gillingham      D3   Att: 1,742
Damien Richardson sealed a point at the Shay

1986 - Gillingham 4-0 Notts County      D3   Att: 4,368
Goals from Martin Robinson (2), Keith Oakes and Russell Musker put the Magpies to flight

1989 - Corinthian 0-1 Gillingham                  Att: 250
The Gills won Colin Horner Testimonial's game at Gay Dawn Farm

1992 - Gillingham 2-1 Doncaster R     D4   Att: 2,366
Neil Smith and Mark O'Connor accounted for the goals against Rovers

1997 - Wrexham 1-1 Gillingham            D2     Att: 3,153
Ade Akinbiyi netted for the Gills at the Racecourse Ground

2000 - Chesterfield 0-0 Gillingham       D2     Att: 2,898

2003 - Preston 3-0 Gillingham               C       Att: 12,121
Goals from Eddie Lewis, Graham Alexander and a Barry Ashby own goal proved too much to overcome at Deepdale

2011 - Stevenage 2-2 Gillingham          L2     Att: 2424
Cody McDonald and Adebayo Akinfenwa were on target in the draw at Broadhall Way



The following player made his Gillingham debut in the above games...

1958 - Dave Taylor against Plymouth at Home Park



1971 - Russell Norris

The local lad, from Hoo, progressed through the ranks here at Priestfield Stadium after signing schoolboy forms in March 1985.

He signed as a professional in in July 1989 and was given his debut by Damien Richardson the following month against Aldershot at home.

Russell, a right-back, made just seven appearances for the Gills but later played for Dartford, Barking, Tonbridge and Chatham.

1977 - Alan Pouton

After spells at hometown club Newcastle United and Oxford United as youngster, the midfielder played for York City and Grimsby Town before Andy Hessenthaler paid £30,000 to bring him to Gillingham in January 2004.

He made his debut away at Burnley in the FA Cup Fourth Round.

Having made 66 appearances in an injury hit spell at Priestfield, Pouton decided to retire in January 2007 but did later play again with Dover Athletic, Maidstone United and Sutton United.

Alan was also assistant-manager to Jay Saunders at Maidstone for a while but left in January 2012 following budget cuts.

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