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14 February 2013



14 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...


1903 - Watford 2-2 New Brompton       SLD1
Goals from Alf Milward and Charlie Satterthwaite earned a point at Vicarage Road

1914 - Gillingham 2-2 Millwall                SLD1
SD Weavers scored on his debut and Charlie Hafekost added the other against the Lions

1920 - Gillingham 3-1 Swindon T          SLD1
Harry Lee scored two and Bob Steel got the other as the Robins were beaten

1923 - Gillingham 2-2 Charlton Ath       D3S
Tommy Hall and Charlie Freeman were on target in this 'derby' draw

1925 - Swindon Town 2-0 Gillingham  D3S

1931 - Luton Town 4-1 Gillingham        D3S   Att: 5,837
A Charles Fraser own goal was all the Gills had to show from a trip to Kenilworth Road

1948 - Bedford Town 0-2 Gillingham   SLD1
Hughie Russell and Tug Wilson netted in this victory

1953 - Norwich City 3-2 Gillingham        D3S   Att: 12,221
Goals from Jimmy Scarth and Ken Lambert weren't enough at Carrow Road. Scarth's effort after just 12 seconds is the clubs fastest in the Football League.

1959 - Gillingham 0-2 Exeter City           D4     Att: 6,474

1975 - Tranmere R 1-1 Gillingham         D3    Att: 2,914
The Gills earned a point thanks to Damien Richardson

1976 - Cardiff City 4-1 Gillingham          D3    Att: 10,912
A Richie Morgan own goal was little consolation at Ninian Park

1981 - Newport Co 1-1 Gillingham         D3   Att: 5,227
Trevor Lee scored as the Gills took a point home from South Wales

1984 - Gillingham 0-0 Bradford C          D3   Att: 4,390

1987 - Gillingham 1-2 Chester City       D3   Att: 4,438
A Trevor Quow effort couldn't prevent a home defeat

1998 - Bristol C 0-2 Gillingham               D2   Att: 11,781
Jim Corbett and Nicky Southall found the net at Ashton Gate

2006 - Swindon Town 1-0 Gillingham   C     Att: 5,530
Jamie Cureton's 27th-minute goal won the points for the Robins

2009 - Rotherham Utd 2-0 Gillingham  L2   Att: 2,757
Goals from Jamie Clarke and Jamie Green saw the points remain at the Don Valley Stadium

2012 - Chelsea XI 5-4 Gills XI                 Fr    BCD
Callum Davies, Chris Whelpdale, Ollie Lee and Bradley Dack were all on target at the London clubs training ground in Cobham



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

1931 - George Scott at Luton



1903 - George Nicol

The Scot played at Ardrossan Winton Rovers, Kilwinning Rangers and Saltcoats Victoria before joining Manchester United.

He scored twice on his Old Trafford debut in a 5-2 home win against Leicester City in February 1928 but they proved to be his only goals in seven appearances.

A centre-forward, George moved to Gillingham from Brighton & HA in September 1932 and he scored on his debut in a 4-1 home win against QPR.

After leaving Priestfield he spent around two years with French side RC Roubaix.

1958 - Charlie Young

Charlie, who was born in Nicosia (Cyprus), joined Aston Villa as a schoolboy and progressed through the ranks and signed as a professional at Villa Park in November 1975.

He made his Villains debut in a 3-1 victory at Leeds United in December 1976 and went on to make 12 appearances for the club.

In March 1978 Gills boss Gerry Summers paid the Midlands club £40,000 in a double deal for both Young and full-back Mike Buttress and Charlie made his Gillingham debut against Preston NE at Priestfield.

Unfortunately he broke his leg in the opening game of the 1978-79 season against Rotherham United at home and over the next four seasons only made sporadic appearances.

In February 1982, having scored twice in 34 games, he was forced to retire and after leaving the game he joined the Metropolitan Police. 



Dick Edmed

Born in 1904, Dick played for Chatham Centrals and Rochester Sports Club before joining the Gills in August 1923. 

The right-winger had to wait until the trip to Exeter City in April 1924 before making his debut.

After scoring seven times in 24 games a club record fee of £1,800 fee took him to Liverpool in January 1926.

He made his debut for the Reds against Manchester United at Anfield in August 1926 and went on to score 46 goals in 170 games for the Merseysiders before playing a handful of games for Bolton Wanderers.

It was after World War II that he returned to Priestfield as reserve team trainer.

Dick died in Chatham on his 79th birthday in 1983.

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