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19 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...


1910 - New Brompton 2-1 Northampton T  SLD1
Goals from J Hobson and Joe Satterthwaite were enough to take the points

1921 - Norwich City 2-1 Gillingham               D3
Tommy Hall netted at Carrow Road

1927 - Gillingham 0-0 Luton Town                 D3S      Att: 3,979

1938 - Millwall 5-0 Gillingham                        D3S      Att: 17,358

1947 - Gillingham 4-1 Millwall Res                 SLD1
A hat-trick from Hughie Russell plus a Vic Hole effort was suffice for victory

1949 - Yeovil Town 3-1 Gillingham                 SLD1    Att: 4,000
Jackie Carr found the net at the Huish

1955 - Gillingham 1-1 Millwall                         D3S      Att: 10,838
A Billy Millar goal earned a point with the Lions

1966 - Bournemouth 1-1 Gillingham               D3       Att: 6,565
Bill Brown scored to earn a point at Dean Court

1972 - Gillingham 0-2 Colchester Utd             D4       Att: 5,313
This game saw legendary goalkeeper John Simpson make the last of his 617 appearances for the Gills.

1973 - Southend U 4-0 Gills Res                       MWFL

1977 - Gillingham 1-1 Port Vale                       D3       Att: 5,084
Damien Richardson scored against the Valiants

1980 - Chatham Town 1-3 Gillingham                       Att: 3,500                                                         
Pat Walker, Nigel Donn and John Crabbe all found the net in a game to cover the official turning-on of the floodlights at Maidstone Road

1983 - Preston NE 0-0 Gillingham                    D3      Att: 3,475

1984 - Millwall 2-2 Gillingham                          D3     Att: 6,344
Goals from Tony Cascarino and Terry Cochrane saw the Gills take a point from the Den

1991 - Dover Ath 3-2 Gillingham                      KSC    Att: 1,852
A Peter Beadle double wasn't enough in this semi-final at a very frosty Crabble

1994 - Scarborough 1-1 Gillingham                 D3      Att: 1,527
Paul Baker struck at the McCain Stadium

2005 - Wolverhampton W 2-2 Gillingham      C      Att: 24,949
The Gills led twice through Darius Henderson and Michael Flynn but let two points slip conceding a stoppage time equaliser

2011 - Gillingham 1-1 Bury                                 L2   Att: 5,021
Curtis Weston put the Gills ahead but Ryan Lowe equalised for the Shakers in the second-half



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

1927 - Albert Fairclough and John Kelly at home to Luton

1938 - Frank Donoghue at Millwall

1966 - Bill Brown on the trip to Bournemouth



1982 - Adam Miller

The former Ipswich Town youngster played for a number of non-league sides, including Gravesend & Northfleet, before QPR boss Ian Holloway took him to Loftus Road in late 2004.

After spells at Peterborough United (loan) and Stevenage Borough he followed former boss Mark Stimson from Broadhall Way to Gillingham in November 2007 initially on loan and his debut came against Hartlepool United soon afterwards.

He went on to make 97 appearances for the Gills, scoring 13 times before leaving at the end of the 2009-10 campaign.

Adam joined Cambridge United on a three-year deal that summer but after just a handful of games he sustained a serious ankle injury in September 2010 which finally enforced his retirement from the game two years later.

1986 - Dean McDonald

The former Arsenal youngster, who had also played for Ipswich Town and Hartlepool United (loan), joined the Gills in May 2006.

Dean scored the winner on his debut in a 2-1 home win against Huddersfield Town on the opening day of the following season.

After the first year of his two-year deal had elapsed the diminutive forward was allowed to join Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

He returned to England at the start of the 2008-09 campaign and has since played for a number of non-league sides and is currently at Macclesfield Town.

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