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11 March 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...


1896 - Northfleet 5-3 New Brompton         KSL

1899 - Sheppey Utd 3-1 New Brompton   SLD1
Jack Frettingham netted in this away defeat

1905 - Portsmouth 1-1 New Brompton    SLD1
James McKie, the former Luton Town forward, scored to earn a point

1911 - Bristol R 6-2 New Brompton          SLD1
Albert Court, a penalty, and Joe Satterthwaite were the marksmen at Eastville

1922 - Gillingham 3-2 Bristol R                  D3S
Jim Waugh scored from the spot and both George Needham and Fred Howard were also on the scoresheet in a narrow victory

1933 - Gillingham 1-1 Torquay Utd           D3S   Att: 5,786
Fred Liddle was on target against the Gulls

1939 - Gillingham 6-0 Norwich C Res      SL
Harry Rowley hit a hat-trick, T McGee, W Johnson and Tug Wilson all found the net in a big win

1950 - Gillingham 1-1 Bath City                   SL    Att: 7,749
The visitors took a point despite a Jackie Carr goal

1961 - Gillingham 2-0 Doncaster R            D4   Att: 4,871
There was no coming back for Rovers after Pat Terry (above) and Harry Hughes, a penalty, put Gills two up by the break

1961 - Canterbury 5-2 Gillingham 'A'          Seanglian Lge

1967 - Colchester Utd 0-0 Gillingham       D3   Att: 4,915

1970 - Gillingham 2-1 Shrewsbury T          D3   Att: 4,524
A double from Andy Smillie ended the Shrews hopes

1972 - Gillingham 0-1 Grimsby Town        D4   Att: 4,279
1978 - Gillingham 2-1 Preston NE              D3   Att: 9,568
Ken Price and Danny Westwood both netted to seal the victory

1989 - Gillingham 1-2 Cardiff C                  D3   Att: 2,934
Relegation threatened Gills only had a Terry Boyle own goal to show following the Bluebirds visit

1995 - Scarborough 0-0 Gillingham         D3   Att: 1,949

2000 - Bristol C 0-1 Gillingham                  D2   Att: 9,332
A single goal from Andy Hessenthaler secured the points at Ashton Gate

2003 - Gillingham 3-3 Wimbledon              C     Att: 7,884
A Paul Shaw brace and one from Rod Wallace couldn't prevent the Dons returning home with a point

2006 - Nott'm Forest 1-1 Gillingham         L1   Att: 19,446
A Julian Bennett own goal put the Gills ahead but Forest equalised just before the break

2008 - Doncaster R 2-1 Gillingham           L1   Att: 7,867
The Gills were two-down before Andrew Crofts pulled one back



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

1972 - Bob Tooze versus Grimsby

1978 - Mick Buttress and Charlie Young against Preston at Priestfield

1989 - Peter Beadle at home to Cardiff



1974 - Robbie Reinelt

Having been with Charlton Athletic as a schoolboy and a trainee at Aldershot, Robbie had dropped into non-league football with Braintree Town and Wivenhoe Town before arriving at Priestfield in March 1993 following a trial.

It wasn't until the trip to Rochdale five months later that he made his debut and he went on to score eight goals in 66 games for the Gills.

In March 1995 he was involved in a player-exchange deal that saw fellow forward Steve Brown joining Gillingham.

Robbie made his name in Brighton & HA folklore when scoring the goal against Hereford United at Edgar Street that ensured the Seagulls Football League status in May 1977.

After a spell at Leyton Orient he returned to the non-league scene playing at Stevenage Borough, St Albans City, Ford United and Braintree once again.

1987 - Tyrone Berry

After coming through the ranks at Crystal Palace, where he made three substitute appearances for the first-team, the winger has gone on to have a nomadic career, playing at a number of league and non-league clubs without really settling anywhere.

His best spell coming at Rushden & Diamonds where he made 45 appearances.

Mark Stimson brought him to Priestfield on a monthly contract in August 2008 and he made his debut as a 69th minute substitute for Curtis Weston on the opening day of the season at AFC Bournemouth and set up Gary Mulligan's last minute equaliser.

He departed at the end of that month having made six appearances and has since appeared for Grays Athletic, York City, Forest Green Rovers, Burgess Hill Town, Hayes & Yeading and he is currently playing at Tooting & Mitcham United.



1990 - Dean Horrix

The forward came through the youth system at Millwall signing as an apprentice at the Den in 1978.

In 1981-82 he top scored for the Lions with 17 goals in all competitions and won the club's Player of the Year.

He came to Priestfield in March 1983 as part of a player swap that saw Dean White moving to the South London club.

His debut came against AFC Bournemouth at home and made 14 appearances before the end of the season.

After just five months at the club a £10,000 fee saw him move to Reading.

Spells followed at Cardiff City (loan) and a return to Millwall before a £50,000 deal took him to Bristol City in March 1990.

Tragically, just eight days after making his Robins debut, Dean died on this day in 1990 in a car accident, aged 28.

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