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2 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...


1895 - Uxbridge 0-2 New Brompton             SLD2
Alfred Jenner scored both goals in this away win

1901 - Tottenham H 2-1 New Brompton      SLD1
M. Neyland netted in this reversal at White Hart Lane

1907 - Southampton 1-1 New Brompton     SLD1
Left-winger Bill Marriott scored to earn a point against the Saints

1912 - Northampton T 1-2 New Brompton  SLD1
John Taylor and CW Johns were on target to snatch the points from the County Ground

1929 - Exeter City 4-2 Gillingham                   D3S   Att: 3,787
Francis Taylor struck the two Gills goals

1935 - Q.P.R 2-0 Gillingham                            D3S   Att: 8,157

1946 - Gillingham 2-1 Shorts Sports  KLCQ
Tug Wilson  scored both the Gills goals in this cup qualifier

1957 - Southampton 0-1 Gillingham   D3S   Att: 16,559
Paul Lucas stunned the Saints with the winner at the Dell

1968 - Bristol Rovers 1-1 Gillingham  D3    Att: 5,478
Bill Brown found the net against the Pirates

1973 - Gillingham 1-1 Torquay Utd      D4   Att: 5,073
A Dave Peach penalty earned a point with the Gulls

1985 - Bradford City 1-1 Gillingham       D3   Att: 8,344
Substitute Dave Shearer struck a fine effort in a game televised on BBC's 'Match of the Day'

1988 - Chester City 3-1 Gillingham        D3   Att: 1,646
Howard Pritchard was on target at Sealand Road

1991 - Gillingham 0-1 Chesterfield       D3   Att: 3,113

1993 - Barnet 2-0 Gillingham                 D3   Att: 3,446
Own goals from Gary Breen and Tony Butler saw the Gills crash to defeat at Underhill

1996 - Plymouth Arg 1-0 Gillingham    D3   Att: 8,540

2002 - Wolverhampton W 2-0 Gillingham  C   Att: 25,908
First-half goals from Alex Rae and Nathan Blake saw Wolves victorious at Molineux

2013 - Aldershot T 1-1 Gillingham       L2    Att: 3,267
Leon Legge headed home the Gills equaliser



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

1935 - Stan Balcombe at QPR

1991 - Peter Gleasure against Chesterfield at Priestfield



1942 - Derek Woodley

The former West Ham United, Charlton Athletic and Southend United (twice) right winger moved to Gillingham from Roots Hall in January 1968 in an exchange deal that saw Howard Moore going in the opposite direction.

He made his debut at Scunthorpe United and went on to make 114 appearances in which he scored nine times.

On departing Priestfield Derek joined Folkestone in the summer of 1971.

1962 - Nigel Donn

Having played for both Maidstone Schoolboys and Kent Schools, Nigel joined Gillingham as an apprentice in July 1978.

In February 1980 he signed professional terms at Priestfield Stadium but it was another six months before he made his first-team debut at Exeter City.

Having made just five appearances and having a loan spell at Kettering Town he was released in the summer of 1982.

After spells in Finland (at Karpalo) and Leyton Orient he returned to Kent and both played and held managerial roles for a number of clubs.

He now resides in Bearsted.

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