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18 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...


1911 - New Brompton 1-0 Brighton & HA  SLD1
John Reynolds earned the points with his winner

1922 - Reading 2-1 Gillingham                     D3S
A Tommy Hall goal wasn't enough at Elm Park

1928 - Coventry City 1-2 Gillingham           D3S   Att: 8,500
William Boswell and Sam Meston scored in this away triumph

1939 - Worcester City 1-4 Gillingham      SLD1
Goals from T McGee (2), Harry Rowley and Tug Wilson earned the Gills victory at St Georges Lane

1956 - Gillingham 3-1 Shrewsbury T         D3S   Att: 4,071
Dave Hawkins, Billy Millar and Paddy Sowden were all on target as the Shrews were tamed

1961 - Peterborough U 2-0 Gillingham      D4    Att: 12,652

1961 - Gillingham 'A' 1-2 Yiewsley             Seanglian Lge

1967 - Gillingham 2-1 Colchester Utd      D3   Att: 6,147
Brian Gibbs and Brian Yeo struck to defeat the U's

1970 - Gillingham 2-1 Doncaster R          D3   Att: 4,621
A double from Ken Pound was enough to see off Rovers

1989 - Chesterfield 3-1 Gillingham          D3   Att: 3,432
Steve Lovell netted the Gills effort at Saltergate

1995 - Gillingham 3-1 Northampton T  D3   Att: 4,072
Andy Ramage, Richard Green and Adrian Foster all found the net against the Cobblers

2006 - Doncaster R 2-0 Gillingham       L1   Att: 5,738

2012 – Port Vale 2-1 Gillingham             L2   Att: 4,027
Chris Whelpdale headed the Gills ahead shortly before the break but Sean Rigg and a last minute Marc Richards won it for the home side.


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

1995 - Gareth Knott versus Northampton



1905 - George Purcell

The former Stockport County and Swindon Town forward came to Priestfield from Exeter City in June 1932 and made his debut in the opening game of the season at Brighton & HA.

He went on to score 20 goals, which included five penalties, in 53 appearances before joining Gainsborough Trinity in the summer of 1934.

1907 - Andrew Durnion

Andrew made his Gillingham debut at Brighton & HA in October 1929 having joined from Brentford.

He went on to score nine goals, including four in a 5-2 home victory over Northampton Town, in 20 appearances.

In June 1930 he moved to Thames.

1908 - Stanley High

Stanley signed for Gillingham from Accrington Stanley in August 1932 and he made his debut two months later at Torquay United.

He made 13 appearances in his one season with the Gills before moving to Dartford the following summer.

1933 - Bill Parry

Bill, who was born and raised in Blaenau Ffestiniog joined the groundstaff at Tottenham Hotspur as a 14-year-old.

Despite five years at White Hart Lane he failed to make the first-team and Gillingham manager Archie Clark brought Bill to Gillingham in July 1955 and made his debut in a 2-1 win at Reading around two months later.

He quickly became a first team regular and in his six seasons at Priestfield he clocked up 220 appearances, finding the net four times.

After leaving the Gills in June 1961, Bill went on to play for Kent neighbours Margate, where he played 204 games, and Sittingbourne before later doing some scouting for Norwich City and Oxford United and locally managing Twydall Boys and Breach Rovers.

On his 75th birthday he was a guest of Chairman Paul Scally for a home game with Bournemouth but sadly passed away a year later.

Bill's son David continues to represent the Gills as matchday announcer, alongside Doug Hudson.

1972 - Tony Bullock

The Warrington-born goalkeeper began his career in non-league football with Northwich Victoria, Hyde United (loan) and Leek Town before signing for Barnsley in March 1997.

He went on to play for Macclesfield Town, Lincoln City, Ross County and Dundee United before Neale Cooper brought him to Priestfield in June 2005.

Tony made his debut in a Johnstone Paints Trophy game against Crawley Town and kept a cleansheet in a 2-0 home win but it was to be the first of just 10 appearances.

After leaving Gillingham he has played for St Mirren, Ross County (again), Montrose, Dundee and he is currently goalkeeping coach at Scottish First Division outfit Livingston where he is also signed on as a player but has yet to make an appearance this season.

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