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14 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 - Chatham 1-0 New Brompton            KSL

1903 - Portsmouth 4-0 New Brompton      SLD1

1908 - New Brompton 2-1 Brighton & HA SLD1
A penalty from Charlie McGibbon plus a goal from Harry Salter saw Albion edged out

1914 - Gillingham 3-0 Bristol R                     SLD1
Tom Leslie, from the spot, Ernie Pinkney and Dick Goffin were all on target in a comfortable home win

1925 - Gillingham 1-0 Q.P.R                          D3S
A Harold Crockford effort earned the points

1931 - Gillingham 0-0 Bournemouth           D3S   Att: 5,023

1936 - Gillingham 1-1 Coventry C                D3S    Att: 5,990
A Bill Baldwin goal earned a point from the champions elect

1953 - Gillingham 1-1 Northampton T        D3S   Att: 10,250
Former Bradford City forward George King was the Gills scorer

1959 - Gillingham 1-1 Bradford PA              D4     Att: 6,371
Dave Laing put the Gills ahead but they couldn't hang on to all the points

1966 - Mansfield T 0-0 Gillingham              D3     Att: 5,428

1969 - Gillingham 1-1 Barnsley                   D3     Att: 5,961
A Gordon Riddick effort earned a point with the Tykes

1970 - Doncaster R 1-0 Gillingham             D3   Att: 4,280

1980 - Blackburn R 3-1 Gillingham             D3   Att: 11,636
Steve Bruce hit the Gills consolation at Ewood Park

1981 - Fulham 3-2 Gillingham                    D3   Att: 5,445
Goals from Ken Price and Andy Ford weren't enough to claim a point at Craven Cottage

1987 - Carlisle Utd 2-4 Gillingham            D3   Att: 2,117
Howard Pritchard, a Dave Shearer brace and Tony Cascarino all netted in an emphatic away victory

1989 - Wolves 6-1 Gillingham                   D3   Att: 12,574
The Gills were hit for six at Molineux, Pat Gavin  scoring the consolation

1991 - Gillingham 1-2 Carlisle Utd            D4   Att: 2,864
A Dave Crown effort couldn't prevent the Cumbrians taking the points

1998 - Gillingham 1-0 Chesterfield           D2   Att: 5,672
James Corbett was the scorer of the only goal

2000 - Gillingham 2-2 Burnley                   D2   Att: 7,347
Guy Butters and Carl Asaba netted to ensure the promotion clash ended all-square

2009 - Gillingham 2-2 Shrewsbury T        L2   Att: 6,023
Curtis Weston unleashed his 'goal of the season' early on which Nicky Southall added to before the Shrews pegged the Gills back in the closing stages



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

1925 - Charles Orford versus QPR

1931 - Fred Lester against Bournemouth at home

1987 - Irvin Gernon away at Carlisle

1989 - Pat Gavin and Lindon Guscott against Wolves at Molineux



1943 - Pat McIntyre

The Aylesham born right-back played for both Dover and Kent Schoolboys and was on the groundstaff here at Gillingham.

He progressed through from junior to sign professional terms in July 1961, a couple of months after making his first-team debut at Exeter City in late April.

After just 11 appearances over the next couple of seasons he departed Priestfield and went on to play for both Dover and Ashford Town.

1946 - George Jacks

George, born in Stepney, was at West Ham United (amateur), Queens Park Rangers and Millwall before signing for Andy Nelson's Gills on a free transfer in June 1972.

His Gillingham debut came against Newport County on the opening day of the 1972-73 season and scored his first goal in a 3-0 home win against Doncaster Rovers six games later.

The following season he played a major role as the Gills won promotion from Division Four, finishing runners-up to Peterborough United. He was ever-present throughout and was voted as the supporters Player-of-the-Season.

After scoring 21 goals in his 174 appearances for the club, he moved a bit further up the North Kent coast joining Gravesend & Northfleet in 1976.

Spells followed at Barking and Canterbury City, ending his playing career at Kingsmead when retiring in August 1983.

1980 - Aaron Brown

The versatile Brown had gained plenty of experience during his spells at Bristol City and Swindon Town before signing for Gillingham in the summer of 2007.

He made his debut for Ronnie Jepson's Gills away at Cheltenham Town on the opening day of the 2007-08 but struggled to win a regular place especially after Mark Stimson took over as manager.

After 15 appearances in his one season, he moved to Lincoln City and has since played for Burton Albion, Wrexham (loan), Darlington and is currently at Bath City.

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