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11 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...


1897 - Swindon T 2-1 New Brompton          SLD1

1899 - Reading 2-0 New Brompton             SLD1

1905 - West Ham Utd 2-0 New Brompton    SLD1

1911 - Northampton T 2-1 New Brompton   SLD1
Joe Satterthwaite scored at the County Ground

1922 - Gillingham 5-2 Norwich City            D3S
The Canaries were put to flight by a Tommy Hall hat-trick, the first ever for the Gills in a Football League fixture, Charlie Freeman and Leo Cassell, his only goal for the club.

1925 - Gillingham 0-0 Bristol Rovers          D3S

1928 - Northampton T 1-0 Gillingham         D3S   Att: 9,538

1933 - Crystal Palace 5-1 Gillingham          D3S   Att: 8,280
The Gills consolation came from Sim Raleigh

1950 - Gillingham 4-1 Exeter City Res        SLD1  Att: 7,609
Hughie Russell, Bill Burtenshaw, Jackie Carr and Harold Williams were all on target in this comfortable victory

1956 - Norwich City 5-1 Gillingham             D3S  Att: 7,586
The scorer in this heavy defeat was Billy Millar

1961 - Bradford PA 0-0 Gillingham              D4   Att: 7,483

1961 - Gillingham 'A' 2-0 Canterbury        Seanglian Lge

1967 - Middlesbrough 1-1 Gillingham          D3   Att: 18,945
Bill Brown found the net at Ayresome Park

1975 - Bury 0-1 Gillingham                       D3    Att: 4,473
The Gills winner came from Dave Galvin

1984 - Gillingham 2-1 Bournemouth          D3    Att: 4,891
Goals from Dave Mehmet and John Leslie proved too much for the Cherries

1989 - Bristol City 1-0 Gillingham             D3   Att: 7,319

1992 - Aldershot 0-0 Gillingham               D4   Att: 2,986
This result was expunged from the records after The Shots resigned from the Football League around a month later.

1995 - Chesterfield 2-0 Gillingham          D3   Att: 3,070

2006 - Gillingham 1-1 Tranmere R           L1       Att: 6,803
A Darren Byfield equaliser salvaged a point for the Gills



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

1989 - Billy Manuel and Alan Reeves away at Bristol C

2006 - Justin Cochrane against Tranmere



1893 - Arthur Dominy

Having previously scored 146 goals in 369 games for Southampton, the forward arrived at Gillingham from Everton in March 1928, aged 35, and made his debut at Brighton & HA.

He went on to score 17 goals, including a hat-trick against Norwich City, in 57 games before joining Clapton Orient in May 1929 and he later appeared occasionally for Newport (IoW).

Arthur managed the Saints during the war years of 1943 until early 1946 when Bill Dodgin was appointed.

1909 - Tommy Robinson

The forward joined the Gills from Northampton Town in the summer of 1936 and made his debut in the second game of the 1936-37 campaign away at Bournemouth.

In his one season with the Gills he scored 13 goals in 38 games before moving to Walsall in May 1937.

1910 - George Bond

The former Millwall centre-forward signed for the Gills from Northfleet in August 1935 and scored on his debut the following month in a 3-3 draw at Notts County.

He scored once more, in a total of nine appearances, before emigrating to Malta the following summer.

1942 - Charlie Crickmore

Charlie played for Hull Schoolboys and home-town club Hull City before moving to Bournemouth for £2,000 in June 1962.

The classy right winger joined Gillingham in June 1966 from the Cherries in an exchange deal that took left back David Stocks and forward Tommy Taylor in the opposite direction.
He made his Gills debut at Scunthorpe in August 1966, scoring in a 2-1 victory.

After 17 goals in 63 appearances, the last of which was a 2-1 home win over Oxford United in October 1967, Gillingham received a then club record fee of £20,000 from Rotherham United and he went on to play for Norwich City and Notts County before a knee injury ended his career while at Meadow Lane.

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