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28 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...


1995 - Gillingham boss Mike Flanagan was made redundant as part of the cost-cutting made by the club's administrators after 20 months in charge at Priestfield Stadium. Player-coach Neil Smillie took over in a caretaker capacity.



1914 - Gillingham 0-0 Cardiff City           SLD1

1920 - Gillingham 2-3 Brighton & HA     SLD1
Arthur Wood hit two but Albion took the points

1925 - Gillingham 0-1 Northampton T    D3S

1931 - Gillingham 0-5 Notts County        D3S   Att: 8,264

1948 - Dartford 2-1 Gillingham                SLD1
Jackie Briggs scored the Gills goal at Watling Street

1953 - Gillingham 0-1 Bristol City            D3S   Att: 12,571

1959 - Gillingham 5-1 Workington          D4    Att: 6,787
Goals from Pat Terry (above - 2), Sammy Moore, John Edgar and David Laing, ensured a comfortable victory

1970 - Gillingham 0-1 Barrow                   D3   Att: 5,018

1975 - Charlton Ath 2-1 Gillingham         D3   Att: 18,929
Peter Feely was on target at the Valley

1981 - Gillingham 0-1 Plymouth Arg       D3   Att: 4,396

1984 - Millwall 4-3 Gillingham            AMC1   Att: 2,364
The Lions won despite goals from Tony Cascarino (2) and Brian Sparrow

1987 - Gillingham 2-0 Mansfield T          D3   Att: 4,251
Tony Cascarino was on target again, along with Howard Pritchard, as the Stags were beaten

1989 - Gillingham 1-3 Preston NE           D3   Att: 3,038
The visitors took the points despite a George Burley effort

1998 - Wycombe W 1-0 Gillingham        D2   Att: 5,583
Keith Ryan won the game for the Chairboys in the 29th minute

2004 - Crystal Palace 1-0 Gillingham     C    Att: 17,485
Nicky Southall was twice denied from the penalty spot, first by Eagles keeper Cedric Berthelin and then the woodwork as Iain Dowie's 10-man Palace won thanks to Danny Butterfield's winner.

2009 - Gillingham 1-0 Bournemouth        L2   Att: 5,353
Nicky Southall was luckier this time,striking the only goal of the game

2012 - Gillingham 5-4 Hereford Utd          L2   Att: 3,784
A stunning game saw the Gills trailing 0-2 and 2-4 before remarkably netting a 90th minute winner through Gavin Tomlin. The other scorers were Chris Whelpdale, Danny Kedwell and Charlie Lee (2).



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

1987 - Phil Kite versus Mansfield at home

1989 - Francis Joseph against Preston at Priestfield

2004 - Lars Hirschfeld at C.Palace

2012 - Ollie Lee in the epic with Hereford



1948 - Reg Dann

Born in Maidstone he joined the Gills from Aylesford Paper Mills in the summer of 1935 but had to wait until the October of that year before making his debut at Bournemouth.

It proved to be the first of just eight appearances before moving to Tottenham Hotspur in May 1936 before later having a spell with Bradford Park Avenue.

Reg died in Maidstone on this day in 1948.

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