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10 February 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 2-1 Swindon Town   Fr

1900 - Sheppey Utd 2-2 New Brompton    SLD1
Tom Pangbourne and a MacFarlane own goal earned a point against the 'Islanders'

1906 - New Brompton 0-1 Millwall             SLD1

1912 - New Brompton 0-3 West Ham Utd SLD1

1923 - Charlton Athletic 3-1 Gillingham     D3S
Bill Oswald got the Gills reply at the Valley

1934 - Cardiff City 1-3 Gillingham                D3S   Att: 5,194
Goals from James Liddle and Sim Raleigh (2) saw the Gills to victory in South Wales

1940 - Chelmsford City 4-1 Gillingham      SLC
Keenan scored the consolation in Essex

1945 - Gillingham 6-1 Lloyds PM                KSL
Doubles for Vic Hole,Tug Wilson and Stan Trumper ensured an easy victory

1951 - Gillingham 2-0 Torquay Utd           D3S   Att: 12,995
Bobby Veck, from the spot, and Charlie Burtenshaw both netted in this home win

1962 - Millwall 0-0 Gillingham                    D4      Att: 14,987

1962 - Gillingham 1-2 Tonbridge               KSC2 Att: 1,005
John Amato scored in this defeat

1968 - Gillingham 3-1 Swindon T               D3   Att: 5,116
Gordon Riddick, Mel Machin, a penalty, and Tony Thear were on the mark against the Robins

1973 - Gillingham 2-0 Hereford Utd          D4   Att: 6,115
Damien Richardson and a penalty from Dave Peach accounted for the Bulls

1974 - Gillingham 3-0 Hartlepool              D4   Att: 8,724
An own goal from full-back George Potter was added to by both Alan Wilks and Brian Yeo

1987 - Port Vale 3-3 Gillingham              FRTQF   Att: 2,768
Goals from Karl Elsey, Tony Cascarino and David Smith saw six goals shared after extra-time before the Gills won their first-ever penalty shoot-out 5-4.

1990 - Burnley 1-2 Gillingham                   D4     Att: 7,274
Tony Eeles and Steve Lovell from the spot saw the Clarets downed at Turf Moor

1996 - Gillingham 2-0 Torquay Utd          D3     Att: 7,116
Neil Smith and Simon Ratcliffe were on target against the Gulls

2001 - Gillingham 1-0 Grimsby Town      C       Att: 8,633
Marlon King struck the only goal of the game

2003 - Reading 2-1 Gillingham                 C       Att: 11,030
The Gills goal at the Madjeski was netted by Rod Wallace

2007 - Gillingham 1-0 Bradford City            L1      Att: 5,513
Leon Johnson hit the match winner against the Bantams and celebrates accordingly above left



1931 - Roger Darvell

The centre-half joined Charlton Athletic in December 1953 but failed to break into the first-team at the Valley before arriving at Priestfield in the summer of 1957.

He made his league bow when making his Gills debut against Brighton & HA at home on the opening day of the 1957-58 season.

However after making just three appearances he lost his place and moved to Southport in July 1958 where he played more than 250 times.

After retiring from playing he was assistant-manager at Banbury United.

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