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17 February 2013



17 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 4-0 Dartford           CCC

1894 - Dartford 5-4 New Brompton Res   Fr
Two games were played on the same day against the Darts, a Chatham Charity Cup game (see above) and a friendly

1906 - Luton Town 2-1 New Brompton    SLD1
A Fred White own goal wasn't enough at Kenilworth Road

1912 - Bristol R 0-1 New Brompton          SLD1
Harry Lee got the winner at Eastville

1923 - Gillingham 1-0 Plymouth Arg         D3S
Horace Williams notched the only goal of the game

1934 - Gillingham 1-1 Exeter City              D3S   Att: 5898
Winger James Liddle scored for the Gills

1940 - Gillingham 4-3 Shorts Sports        KRL
Goals from Jackson (2), Lee and Hickson ensured a narrow victory

1945 - Bromley 1-3 Gillingham                  KSC4
Two goals from Tug Wilson and one from guest George Jones (Sheffield United) put the Gills into the semi-final

1951 - Ipswich Town 5-1 Gillingham        D3S   Att: 9676
Charlie Burtenshaw netted the consolation at Portman Road

1962 - Gillingham 2-2 Mansfield Town     D4   Att: 5928
Ronnie Waldock and Alec Farrall were on target against the Stags

1968 - Shrewsbury T 1-2 Gillingham        D3   Att: 7032
Goals from Brian Yeo and Brian Gibbs earned the victory at Gay Meadow

1973 - Newport County 5-1 Gillingham    D4   Att: 4235
A Damien Richardson effort proved little comfort at Somerton Park

1974 - Bury 3-2 Gillingham                     D4   Att: 8813
An own goal from Peter Swan plus a Dave Coxhill effort wasn't enough at Gigg Lane

1987 - Gillingham 1-1 Newport Co        D3   Att: 3643
Colin Gordon scored on his debut against the South Wales outfit

1990 - Gillingham 0-0 York City             D4   Att: 3665

1996 - Gillingham 1-1 Hereford Utd     D3   Att: 6987
Debutant Steve Castle scored a cracker against the Bulls

2001 - Huddersfield T 2-3 Gillingham  C   Att: 10,576
Goals from Mark Saunders (2) and Marlon King earned the points at the Galpharm Stadium

2009 - Gillingham 4-4 Aldershot T            L2   Att: 5974
A see-saw battle saw the Gills take a point thanks to goals from Curtis Weston, Mark McCammon, Andy Barcham and Adam Miller, a penalty



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

1962 - Peter Sanders versus Mansfield at home

1987 - Colin Gordon against Newport at Priestfield

1990 - Garry Kimble when York came to town

1996 - Steve Castle at home to Hereford



1972 - Steve Thompson

The centre-half joined the Gills as a trainee in July 1988 and it was during his YTS days that manager Damien Richardson was forced to blood him in the first-team because of injuries.

He made his debut against Aldershot on the opening day of the 1989-90 season.

However the Manchester born youngster failed to win a professional contract and he moved to Tonbridge in August 1990 having made four appearances.

1986 - Anton Robinson

The midfielder came in on loan from Huddersfield Town in February and made his debut as a substitute in the televised home game against Wycombe Wanderers.

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