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23 January 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...


1904 - Millwall Athletic 0-2 New Brompton  SLD1
Goals from Walter Leigh and Tom Boucher earned the points

1909 - Bristol Rovers 1-0 New Brompton    SLD1

1915 - Gillingham 0-0 Exeter City                  SLD1

1926 - Swindon Town 1-0 Gillingham           D3S   Att: 3,368

1931 - Gillingham 2-0 Thames                       D3S   Att: 6,224
Bill White and Hugh Vallance were on target against the East London side

1937 - Gillingham 4-4 Newport Co                D3S   Att: 6,125
Joseph McAteer hit two, Tom Robinson converted a penalty and Jim Watson added another but it was only enough for a point

1954 - Gillingham 2-3 Watford                      D3S    Att: 9,547
Billy Millar and Ernie Morgan both netted but the Hornets took the points

1960 - Gillingham 1-0 Barrow                       D4      Att: 3,671
Bill Albury scored the only goal of the game

1965 - Gillingham 1-0 Brentford                D3       Att: 14,475
Full-back Tony Weston scored the winner against the Bees

1971 - Gillingham 0-1 Doncaster R           D3        Att: 3,209

1982 - Gillingham 0-1 W.B.A                       FAC4   Att: 16,000

1985 - Gillingham 2-2 Colchester Utd  FRT1R1L   Att: 963
Keith Oakes and Paul Shinners were the marksmen against the U's

1988 - Gillingham 0-1 Wigan Athletic         D3     Att: 4,256

1989 - Gillingham 3-0 SM Caen                    Fr     Att: 1,093
Goals from Gavin Peacock and Mark Cooper (2) proved too good for the French outfit in this friendly

1993 - Gillingham 0-1 Cardiff City               D4   Att: 4,066

1999 - Torquay Utd 0-1 Gillingham           AWS3   Att: 3,171
Robert Taylor thumped home the winner at Plainmoor

2007 - Swansea City 2-0 Gillingham        L1         Att: 9,675
Adebayo Akinfenwa, later to join the Gills, opened the scoring for the Swans at the Liberty Stadium

2010 - Gillingham 0-0 Colchester Utd     L1         Att: 4,948



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

2007 - Romain Larrieu at Swansea

2010 - Darren Dennehy, Rene Howe and Tristan Plummer versus Colchester



1953 - Terry Cochrane

Born in Killyleagh, Cochrane had played for Castlewellan Town FC, Derry City, Linfield, Coleraine FC, Burnley, Eastern AA (Hong Kong) and Middlesbrough before coming to Priestfield Stadium in October 1983, initially on a month's loan after a falling out with boss Malcolm Allison at Ayresome Park.

The temperamental winger had international pedigree with Northern Ireland winning a total of 26 caps, 13 of which were as a substitute. His last two caps came as a Gills player against Scotland (December 1983) and Finland (May 1984).

Terry was skilful, he was able to knock in pin-point crosses with either feet, he could score goals, he was a crowd-pleaser and very much the joker of the pack.

He was part of an exciting team here at Gillingham as he, Martin Robinson and Dave Mehmet not only provided useful ammunition for goal-scorers David Shearer and Tony Cascarino but weren't adverse to the odd goal or two themselves, he made his Gills debut against Preston, scoring in a 2-0 home victory

The winner of the Player of the Year award for the 1984-85 campaign went on to score 21 goals in 131 appearances for the club, not bad for a free transfer.

After leaving Gillingham in 1986, Cochrane had short playing spells with Dallas Sidekicks, Millwall, Hartlepool United, Billingham Synthonia and Marske United before coaching the Saudi Arabian Military team. He also had spells as player-manager of the ill-fated South Bank and then Ferryhill Athletic.

Cochrane has since remained in the Teesside area, apart from a spell as manager at Carnegie Irish Premier League Glenavon FC, where he has coached youngsters as well as working in the media with the likes of Sky Sports and the Press Association.

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