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7 February 2013



7 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...


1903 - New Brompton 0-0 Northampton T  SLD1

1906 - Southampton 1-0 New Brompton     FAC2R

1914 - Portsmouth 0-0 New Brompton        SLD1

1919 - QPR 0-0 Gillingham                              SLD1

1925 - Gillingham 1-1 Bristol City                  D3S
Former Pirate George Chance plundered a point for the Gills

1931 - Gillingham 1-0 Southend Utd             D3S  Att: 4,223
Bill White scored the only goal of the game

1951 - Exeter City 1-2 Gillingham                  D3S  Att: 5,188
Joe Campbell and Dave Thomas were on target at St James Park

1953 - Gillingham 0-0 Coventry City             D3S  Att: 10,383

1959 - Coventry City 1-1 Gillingham             D4    Att: 13,452
Sammy Moore netted for the Gills at Highfield Road

1961 - Folkestone 2-0 Gillingham 'A'         Seanglian Lge

1970 - Watford 2-1 Gillingham                   FAC5   Att: 25,868
The Gills finally bowed out of the FA Cup despite a Brian Yeo effort at Vicarage Road

1976 - Gillingham 0-0 Sheffield Wed           D3    Att: 8,090

1981 - Gillingham 0-1 Carlisle Utd                D3    Att: 4,927

1987 - York City 2-1 Gillingham                     D3    Att: 2,845
David Smith netted at Bootham Crescent

1995 - Doncaster R 1-2 Gillingham               D3    Att: 1,740
A Chris Pike double won the points in South Yorkshire

2004 - Burnley 1-0 Gillingham                       C       Att: 10,400
Glen Little's 83rd minute effort won the game for the Clarets at Turf Moor

2009 - Gillingham 0-2 Bradford City             L2    Att: 4,866
Goals from Omar Daley and Michael Boulding saw the Bantams to victory at Priestfield



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

1987 - Steve Jacobs at York

2009 - Rene Steer versus Bradford


1911 - Thomas Brennan

The forward was signed from Brentford in August 1929 but he had to wait until April 1930 before making his debut at Watford, scoring the Gills consolation in a 4-1 defeat at Vicarage Road.

In all he made 16 appearances, scoring twice, before moving to Crystal Palace in December 1930.

1943 - Bill Brown

Born in Croydon, Bill played with both Southampton and Charlton Athletic as a youngster before dropping down to play non-league football.

He played for Romford, Chelmsford City and Bedford Town before former Eagles manager Basil Hayward paid £2000 to bring the centre-forward to Gillingham, his first signing for the club, in February 1966.

Just days after arriving a crowd of 3587 were at Priestfield to see him score a hat-trick in a 4-2 friendly victory over Ipswich Town, Brian Gibbs scored the other goal and four days later he made his Gills debut against Bournemouth, scoring in the 1-1 draw away at Dean Court.

After scoring 34 goals in 116 league and cup appearances for the Gills, Bill joined Portsmouth in June 1968 and later played for Brentford and Margate before returning to Bedford in February 1970.

Spells later followed at both Dunstable Town and Ford United.

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