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ON THIS DAY...

8 February 2013

Richard Day reviews this day in the club's history



He celebrates his 20th birthday today.

Since Martin Allen’s arrival in the summer of 2012 Callum has become a regular member of the first-team squad and has this season been rewarded with a two-year extension to his contract.

He made his debut in the home game against Crewe Alexandra in November 2010 but was unfortunately dismissed just 28 minutes into the 3-1 home reversal.

The young central defender came through the ranks as a trainee here at Priestfield and captained the youth team.  

1993 - Callum Davies


Then in July 2010 he signed for hometown club Winchester City.

After returning to White Hart Lane in January he was released the following month.

A former England Youth international Leigh made the first of his seven league appearances against Luton Town at home.

In June 2008 he moved to Brentford on a season-long loan but two months later Spurs recalled him and he came to Gillingham on what turned out to be a five month loan.

The defender came through the youth ranks at Swindon Town before moving to Tottenham Hotspur as a 16-year-old. 1988 - Leigh Mills




He played for no fewer than 27 different senior clubs plus Australian outfit Sunshine George Cross, England Under-21's and Jamaica during his career.

Leicester's £1.5m centre-forward made a goalscoring debut in a 2-0 home win against West Ham United but made just three further appearances.

The journeyman striker made his professional debut for Cambridge United as a 16-year-old against the Gills in February 1996 and just over six years later, in September 2003, he came to Priestfield on loan. 1979 - Trevor Benjamin




After spending time as the Gills Youth Development Officer, he returned to Norfolk and worked at Norwich Prison.

After making 124 appearances, in which he netted 13 goals, he decided to retire after an injury plagued 1998-99 campaign.

He made his Gillingham debut against Wigan Athletic at Priestfield on the opening day of the season.

A former Manchester United apprentice who won England honours at both schoolboy and youth level, Simon played for Norwich City and Brentford before he signed for the Gills on a free transfer in July 1995. 1967 - Simon Ratcliffe




After just four appearances in the 1933-34 campaign he returned to Wales the following summer when signing for Cardiff City.

The Welsh forward joined the Gills from Chester in June 1933 but had to wait until six months later before making his debut at Torquay United. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

BIRTHS...

1911 - Stanley Griffiths



Mark Walton in the televised game at Watford  
1998 -

The following player made his Gillingham debut in the above game... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

DEBUTS...



The Gills overcame the Millers thanks to goals from Cody McDonald (2) and Dennis Oli 2011 - Gillingham 3-1 Rotherham Utd   L2     Att: 4,824


The league leaders were humbled in front of the Sky camera's as Ade Akinbiyi claimed both goals 1998 - Watford 0-2 Gillingham                D2     Att: 10,498


The only goal of the game came through Andy Hessenthaler 1992 - Northampton T 0-0 Gillingham    D4    Att: 3,183

1997 - Gillingham 1-0 Bristol Rovers     D2    Att: 6,933


Both Tony Cascarino and Derek Hales found the net against the Cherries 1986 - Gillingham 2-0 Bournemouth      D3     Att: 3,890


Dick Tydeman and Dave Chadwick were on the scoresheet in this win 1971 - Plymouth A 3-0 Gills Res             FC

1975 - Gillingham 2-1 Southend Utd       D3     Att: 7,598


Goals from Ron Newman and George Francis netted a point against the Birkenhead side 1964 - Gillingham 2-2 Tranmere R         D4      Att: 8,166


Jim Fletcher was on target in this draw with the Shots 1958 - Gillingham 1-1 Aldershot             D3S    Att: 5,893


Former Chelsea forward George Pybus scored the Gills goal 1930 - Gillingham 0-0 Plymouth Arg      D3S    Att: 4,905

1936 - Gillingham 1-2 Bournemouth      D3S   Att: 6,342


An Arthur Wolstenholme effort proved to be the matchwinner 1908 - Reading 2-0 New Brompton        SLD1

1913 - New Brompton 1-0 Bristol R       SLD1


Alf Milward netted but the Poppies took the points
1902 - New Brompton 1-2 Kettering      SLD1

1896 - New Brompton 0-1 Luton Town  SLD1

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