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12 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...


1904 - New Brompton 1-2 Portsmouth    SLD1
Walter Leigh scored but couldn't prevent Pompey taking the points

1910 - Swindon T 4-1 New Brompton     SLD1
Jack Mahon scored his first goal for the club in this defeat at the County Ground

1921 - Gillingham 1-0 Brighton & HA       D3
Scot Jim Waugh notched the only goal of the game

1924 - Gillingham 2-1 Merthyr Town       D3S
Tommy Williams and Arthur Read, a penalty, saw off the Welsh outfit

1927 - Gillingham 1-0 Norwich City         D3S     Att: 4,448
Bill Arblaster notched the match winner

1928 - Merthyr Town 3-1 Gillingham      D3S     Att: 683
A Jock Robertson penalty, his only goal for the club, was all the Gills had for their trip to Wales

1938 - Walsall 3-1 Gillingham                 D3S      Att: 3,665
Reginald Neal was on target at Fellows Park

1949 - Gillingham 2-1 Folkestone          KSCSF
The Gills reached the Final thanks to goals from Hughie Russell and Jackie Carr

1955 - Gillingham 0-2 Bournemouth     D3S      Att: 8,236

1960 - Gillingham 2-1 Exeter C               D4        Att: 7,431
John Shepherd and an own goal from Theo Foley won the points

1963 - Folkestone 0-3 Gillingham          KSC2   Att: 1,131
John Ballagher netted twice and Brian Gibbs added the other to put the Gills through

1966 - Watford 1-0 Gillingham               D3       Att: 5,141

1977 - Chesterfield 1-0 Gillingham       D3      Att: 4,410

1982 - Gillingham 1-1 Millwall                D3     Att: 5,508
Tony Cascarino struck for the Gills but the Lions took a point

1983 - Huddersfield T 3-2 Gillingham           D3   Att: 8,264
The promotion-chasing Terriers just edged it despite goals from Colin Duncan and Dave Mehmet

1985 - Newport Co 0-3 Gillingham                D3   Att: 2,129
Cascarino and Dave Mehmet struck again, along with Russell Musker in a convincing win at Somerton Park

1988 - Bristol R 2-0 Gillingham                      D3   Att: 3,856

1991 - Carlisle Utd 0-4 Gillingham                 D4   Att: 2,633
A wonderful night at Brunton Park thanks to two goals from Peter Beadle, plus Steve Lovell and David Crown

1994 - Gillingham 0-2 Shrewsbury T            D3   Att: 3,095

1996 - Torquay Utd 0-0 Gillingham                D3  Att: 2,406

2005 - Leeds Utd 1-1 Gillingham                   C    Att: 27,995
Chris Hope put the Gills ahead at Elland Road but  United levelled matters late on

2011 - Gillingham 3-1 Accrington Stanley  L2   Att: 5,299
A lively opening saw Andy Barcham net, Phil Edwards strike his penalty against the post and Sean McConville equalise all before the 15th minute. Barcham added a second just before the break and Cody McDonald headed home number three to seal the victory.

2013 - Exeter C 0-0 Gillingham                 L2   Att: 3,608
Both sides drew a blank at St James Park


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

1983 - Dave Mehmet against Huddersfield at Leeds Road 

1991 - Paul Hague away at Carlisle

2005 - Jonathon Douglas and Jay McEveley at Leeds



1932 - Bill Patrick

Having previously played for Kent Youth, Aylesham Old Boys, Snowdown Colliery Welfare and Coventry City, Bill returned to the county in June 1958 when joining the Gills.

The former full-back, who had progressed into a forward role while at Highfield Road, made his Gillingham debut against Millwall on the opening day of the season, his first goal coming in the third game at Walsall.

After scoring 15 goals in 50 appearances he was released at the end of the 1959-60 campaign and went to Folkestone Town.

1988 - Myles Weston

The versatile performer joined the Gills on a two year deal in August 2012 and scored on his debut against Bradford City.

The former England Youth international had previously been at Charlton Athletic, Notts County and Brentford.

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