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17 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...


1900 - New Brompton 3-1 Thames I.          SLD1
A double from Jack Frettingham, plus one from Tom Pangbourne, saw off the East Londoners

1906 - Plymouth Arg 5-0 New Brompton  SLD1

1920 - Gillingham 3-0 Cardiff City               SLD1
Harry Lee, B Read and W Savage all netted to sweep away the Bluebirds

1923 - Reading 1-1 Gillingham                     D3S
Henry Martin found the net at Elm Park

1928 - Gillingham 1-0 Southend Utd           D3S   Att: 6,240
A Jonah Wilcox goal won it for the Gills

1934 - Gillingham 1-1 Clapton Orient         D3S   Att: 5,423
George Nicol was on target against the East London outfit

1945 - Gillingham 1-2 Lloyds PM             KSCSF   Att: 4,140
A George Tadman effort wasn't enough to put the Gills into the Final

1948 - Exeter C Res 0-0 Gillingham             SL

1951 - Norwich C 2-0 Gillingham                 D3S   Att: 18,943

1956 - Gillingham 3-2 Newport Co              D3S   Att: 6,203
Goals from Errol Crossan, Bill Parry and Larry Baxter saw the Gills come from two down at the break to take the points

1958 - Millwall 3-1 Gillingham                     D3S   Att: 6,376
Dave Taylor found the net at the Den

1962 - Gillingham 0-0 Chester                      D4     Att: 5,187

1970 - Halifax T 1-1 Gillingham                    D3     Att: 3,173
Ray Bailey was the scorer at the Shay

1971 - Bradford C 0-1 Gillingham                D3     Att: 3,830
Brian Yeo was the marksman at Valley Parade

1973 - Gillingham 1-1 Lincoln C                   D4     Att: 3,479
Brian Yeo snared the goal that earned a point

1974 - Gillingham 1-0 Chester                     D4     Att: 7,541
Damien Richardson scored in the first-half and it proved too much for the Seals

1984 - Preston NE 2-2 Gillingham                D3    Att: 3,874
Russell Musker and Brian Sparrow struck as the sides shared four goals at Deepdale

1987 - Gillingham 4-1 Darlington                 D3    Att: 3,558
A Tony Cascarino hat-trick plus a Dave Shearer effort helped the Gills win convincingly against the Quakers

1992 - Gillingham 0-0 Rochdale                    D4    Att: 2,322

2007 - Nott'm Forest 1-0 Gillingham            L1    Att: 17,950
Loanee keeper Romain Larrieu was in fine form at the City Ground but was finally beaten by a late Lewis McGugan free-kick

2009 - Notts Co 0-1 Gillingham                      L2   Att: 3,189
The Gills went second in the table thanks to a Simeon Jackson goal

2012 – Cheltenham T 0-3 Gillingham            L2    Att; 3,137
Jordan Obita struck twice and Chris Whelpdale the other in a convincing victory at Whaddon Road



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

1928 - James Poxton at home to Southend

1934 - George Barrie versus Clapton Orient at home



1956 - Charlie Freeman

Previously with Overseal Swifts, Burton Swifts and Fulham, the forward came to Priestfield Stadium from Chelsea in June 1921 having made 104 appearances, scoring 22 times, while at Stamford Bridge.

He made his Gills debut at Southampton on the opening day of the 1921-22 season and registered his first goal in the following game against Charlton Athletic at home.

The forward scored 24 goals in 88 games for the Gills before moving on to Maidstone United in the summer of 1923.

Charlie died in Fulham on this day in 1956.

1992 - Michael Richardson

The young midfielder arrived from Newcastle United on loan in February 2013 and made his debut the following month as a substitute against Plymouth.

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