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25 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...


1902 - New Brompton 3-2 Wellingborough  SLD1
Goals from Jack Frettingham, Albert Dunkely and a Alf Milward penalty saw a home win

1908 - Leyton 1-0 New Brompton               SLD1

1913 - Millwall 3-1 Gillingham                    SLD1
An Arthur Wolstenholme effort wasn't enough in South-East London

1930 - Gillingham 1-2 Norwich City            D3S   Att: 3249
Former Sittingbourne forward Len Dowell netted against the Canaries

1934 - Norwich City 4-0 Gillingham            D3SC1  Att: 2763

1936 - Cardiff City 4-0 Gillingham             D3S      Att: 5998

1969 - Gillingham 2-0 Northampton T        D3        Att: 4532
Brian Yeo and Derek Woodley were the marksmen against the Cobblers

1975 - Gillingham 2-3 Tranmere Rovers    D3        Att: 6941
A Damien Richardson double, including a penalty, wasn't enough against the Birkenhead outfit

1986 - Chesterfield 1-1 Gillingham            D3       Att: 2521
A Joe Hinnigan goal earned a point at Saltergate

1991 - Gillingham 1-1 Scarborough           D4       Att: 3776
Peter Beadle was the scorer against the Seadogs

1997 - Gillingham 4-1 Plymouth Arg.         D2       Att: 5465
Richard Green, Simon Ratcliffe, Ade Akinbiyi and a Chris Curran own goal ensured a miserable journey home for the Pilgrims

2003 - Gillingham 1-1 Leeds Utd               FAC4   Att: 11,093
A Mamady Sidibe goal saw the Gills earn a replay

2011 - Gillingham 0-2 Chesterfield            L2        Att: 4,770
Two goals from Deane Smalley saw the leaders victorious here at Priestfield



1923 - Frank McKee 

The Scot had played for Hull City, Lochgelly Albert, Dundee United and Birmingham City before coming to Gillingham in July 1952.

He made the first of his 57 appearances for the club at Swindon Town in the September.

In August 1956 he joined Gloucester City and a year later moved on to Kidderminster Harriers.

1944 - Mike Bickle

The experienced centre-forward cost £7,000 when he signed for Basil Hayward's side in November 1971.

He made his debut at home to Stockport but it was against the same opponents eight games into the following season that he sustained a neck injury.

Then in November 1972 he suffered a shoulder injury on his return and in January 1973 he was forced to retire on medical grounds having scored seven goals in 38 appearances.

1969 - Paul Ritchie

The former Brechin City forward twice came to Priestfield on loan from Dundee, first under Glenn Roeder in February 1993 then Mike Flanagan in September 1994.

After scoring on his debut at Northampton Town he went on to total four goals in 12 games in both spells.

He next had spells in Hong Kong and Northern Ireland before returning to Scotland for an impressive term with Hamilton Academicals, helping the Accies win promotion.

Paul has since played for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Brechin (again), Partick Thistle and East Fife and is currently manager at Scottish Junior side Lochee United.

1975 - Duncan Jupp

The defender had made more than 100 appearances for both Fulham and Southend United, as well as playing for Wimbledon, Notts County and Luton Town before joining the Gills in May 2006.

He made his debut on the opening day of the season against Huddersfield Town on the opening day of the following campaign.

Duncan had made 34 appearances before leaving the club by mutual consent shortly after Mark Stimson's arrival as manager, signing for Bognor Regis Town.

He has worked as a football coach at Dorset House School in Pulborough.



1971 - Sidney Tyler

The left-back joined the Gills from hometown club Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 1927 and made his debut at home to Bristol Rovers the following month.

After making 81 appearances in two seasons at the club he moved to Millwall in May 1929.

Sid died in Walsall on this day in 1971

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