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26 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...


1895 - New Brompton 3-1 Sheppey Utd  SLD2
Arthur Rule scored two and Dave Hutcheson added the other in this Kent derby

1901 - QPR 2-0 New Brompton              SLD1

1907 - New Brompton 0-0 Reading        SLD1

1924 - Luton Town 1-1 Gillingham         D3S
Tommy Hall struck for the Gills at Kenilworth Road

1929 - Gillingham 1-2 Brentford            D3S   Att: 3,756
An Arthur Dominy goal wasn't enough to prevent a home loss

1935 - Gillingham 3-1 Bournemouth      D3S   Att: 2,672
Hugh Vallance, Roy Bethell and Dick Doncaster all scored against the Cherries

1946 - 12th ITC (Canterbury) 2-9 Gillingham  KL
Both Vic Hole and Stan Trumper hit four and I Wilson added the other as the Gills ran riot

1952 - Gillingham 2-1 Northampton T    D3S   Att: 9,625
Derek Lewis and Bill Burtenshaw found the net to secure the points

1957 - Gillingham 1-2 Northampton T    D3S   Att: 5,724
A Paul Lucas effort wasn't enough against the Cobblers this time

1963 - Gravesend & N 1-4 Gillingham    Fr      Att: 1,462
Brian Gibbs (2), Peter Godfrey and Ronnie Waldock all found the net at Stonebridge Road

1968 - Scunthorpe Utd 2-1 Gillingham   D3   Att: 3,484
Brian Gibbs was on target again at the Old Show Ground

1973 - Doncaster R 0-1 Gillingham        D4   Att: 3,059
Graham Knight got the only goal of the game

1980 - Plymouth Arg 2-2 Gillingham      D3   Att: 6,413
Billy Hughes and Ken Price efforts were enough to see the Gills gain a point at Home Park

1985 - Ipswich Town 3-2 Gillingham      FAC4   Att: 16,547
Goals from John Leslie and Mel Sage weren't quite enough as the Gills put up a brave fight at Portman Road in front of around 4,000 travelling fans

1987 - Gillingham 2-0 Colchester Utd    FRT1   Att: 1,984
David Smith and Tony Cascarino netted to knock out the U's

2007 - Gillingham 2-0 Tranmere R        L1       Att: 5,378
A Chris McCready own-goal and Andrew Crofts were sufficient to send Rovers back to Birkenhead pointless

2008 - Walsall 2-1 Gillingham               L1      Att: 4,914
Andrew Crofts was on the scoresheet once again, netting a last-minute consolation

2010 - Hartlepool 1-1 Gillingham          L1      Att: 2,465
Simeon Jackson scored a cracking header to put the Gills ahead

2013 - Gillingham 1-1 York City           L2      Att: 4,893
A late goal from Cody McDonald, the striker returning on loan from Coventry City, earned a point


The following players made their Gillingham debuts in the above games...

1924 - Joseph Tredwell at Luton
1952 - John Murray versus Northampton at home
1968 - Derek Woodley away at Scunthorpe

1980 - Colin Ford on the trip to Oxford

2008 - Garry Richards against Walsall at Bescot


1963 - Tony Parks

The Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper came in on loan in September 1987 following an injury to Ron Hillyard and he made his debut in a 0-0 draw against Sunderland at home.

He returned to White Hart Lane following the next game in which the Gills beat York City 3-1.

Although never a regular with Spurs, where he is currently back as goalkeeping coach, he did play in the UEFA Cup Final against Anderlecht saving a decisive spot-kick in a penalty.

Tony spent time at a number of clubs but had his best spells with Brentford and Falkirk.

1982 - Justin Cochrane

The former QPR midfielder joined the Gills on loan from Crewe Alexandra in February 2006 and made his debut against Tranmere Rovers at Priestfield.

He made just five appearances for Gillingham, scoring once, before returning to Gresty Road.

After leaving Alex, Justin played for a number of league and non-league sides as well as Antigua Barracuda in the West Indies.

He has also made a dozen appearances for the Antigua and Barbuda national side.

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