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3 February 2013

News relevant to the club on this day previously

Richard Day looks back at news relevant to Gillingham FC on this day in history, games, players, debuts etc...


1894 - New Brompton 1-7 Burton Swifts  Fr

1900 - New Brompton 4-2 Reading            SLD1
Doubles from Jack Frettingham and Tom Pangbourne proved too much for the Biscuitmen

1906 - New Brompton 0-0 Southampton  FAC2

1911 - New Brompton 1-0 Portsmouth     SLD1
Albert Court notched the only goal of the game

1912 - Millwall 1-1 New Brompton            SLD1
A John Taylor effort earned a point at the Den

1934 - Gillingham 5-1 Bournemouth         D3S   Att: 2,633
Goals from James Liddle, Alan Scott (2), Sim Raleigh and Arthur Mills helped the Gills to a convincing win

1945 - RN Depot 2-3 Gillingham                 KSL
Vic Hole, Tug Wilson and Walker all netted in this away win

1951 - Gillingham 1-0 Leyton Orient         D3S   Att: 8,352
Bobby Veck scored the match winner against the O's

1962 - Gillingham 1-1 Stockport Co          D4     Att: 5,992
A Charlie Livesey goal earned a point with the Hatters

1968 - Reading 3-1 Gillingham                  D3    Att: 6,679
Brian Gibbs scored for the Gills at Elm Park

1973 - Darlington 2-3 Gillingham             D4   Att: 1,805
George Jacks, Damien Richardson and Dave Peach all found the net at Feethams

1974 - Lincoln City 2-3 Gillingham           D4   Att: 7,150
Alan Wilks and a Brian Yeo brace secured this away triumph

1979 - Gillingham 2-0 Blackpool             D3   Att: 6,146
Danny Westwood scored twice, including a penalty, against the Tangerines

1987 - Gillingham 1-0 Rotherham Utd  D3    Att: 3,862
A Howard Pritchard goal was sufficient to beat the Millers

1996 - Cambridge Utd 0-0 Gillingham   D3   Att: 4,114
The Gills claimed a point despite having both Simon Ratcliffe and Leo Fortune-West sent off

2001 - Wolverhampton W 1-1 Gillingham  C     Att: 26,627
Marlon King helped the Gills claim a point a Molineux

2007 - Huddersfield T 3-1 Gillingham    L1   Att: 9,167
Gary Mulligan netted the consolation in West Yorkshire



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

1968 - Dave Quirke against Reading at Elm Park



1967 - David Puttnam

The left-winger had played for Kirkby Muxloe, Leicester United, Leicester City and Lincoln City before Tony Pulis paid £30,000 to bring him to Priestfield in October 1995 making his debut at home to Rochdale.

Although he went on to make 53 appearances more than half were as a substitute.

After a loan spell at Yeovil Town he moved to Swansea City in August 1997 before playing for a number of non-league sides.

1980 - Kevin James

The former Charlton Athletic winger came to Priestfield having impressed when playing in a pre-season friendly against the Gills for Canvey Island.

He made his debut when replacing Carl Asaba as a 73rd minute substitute in a Worthington Cup victory over Torquay United at home in August 2000.

After 53 appearances, and four goals, he joined Nottingham Forest in May 2004.

A number of loan spells away from the City Ground followed and he eventually signed for Woking in July 2007 and has since played for Crawley Town, Chelmsford City and is currently at Dulwich Hamlet.

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