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22 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...


1899 - Gravesend Utd 1-3 New Brompton  T&MC

1902 - New Brompton 0-1 Q.P.R  SLD1

1911 - New Brompton 1-1 Watford  SLD1
Joe Satterthwaite earned a point with the Hornets

1913 - Gillingham 3-0 Coventry C  SLD1
Two goals from Dick Goffin, plus one from Charlie Hafekost, saw off the Sky Blues

1924 - Gillingham 3-1 Aberdare Ath   D3S
Tommy Hall hit two and Arthur Read converted a penalty to seal the points

1930 - Clapton Orient 2-0 Gillingham  D3S   Att: 9,348

1940 - Ashford T 4-3 Gillingham  KRL(EG)
Two goals from Hickson and one from Fred Herbert couldn't prevent defeat at Essella Park

1947 - Dartford 2-1 Gillingham  KSC SF
A Johnny Warsap goal wasn't enough as the Gills lost this semi at Gravesend

1950 - Gillingham 0-0 Folkestone  KSC SF Replay

1952 - Gillingham 0-0 Shrewsbury T  D3S   Att: 10,577

1958 - Gillingham 1-3 Shrewsbury T  D3S   Att: 5,434
Former Hibernian midfielder Dave Laing scored his first goal for the club but the Shrews took the points

1969 - Luton Town 1-1 Gillingham  D3   Att: 14,562
Brian Yeo put the Gills ahead but the promotion chasers equalised after the break

1975 - Gillingham 0-0 Port Vale  D3   Att: 7,524

1977 - Gillingham 1-1 Peterborough U  D3   Att: 4,198
John Crabbe scored a second-half penalty after the Posh had opened the scoring before the interval

1980 - Gillingham 3-0 Sheff Utd  D3   Att: 7,076
Two goals from Danny Westwood and one from Steve Bruce helped blunt the Blades

1986 - Swansea C 2-2 Gillingham  D3   Att: 3,364
Goals from Mel Sage and Mark Weatherly earned a point at the Vetch Field

1997 - Gillingham 1-0 Wycombe W  D2   Att: 5,925
Iffy Onuora struck the game's only goal

2003 - Wolverhampton W 6-0 Gillingham  C   Att: 25,171
Having already completed a 4-0 win at Priestfield earlier in the season, Wolves netted five prior the break at Molineux  before declaring at six shortly after half-time. The goals came from Nathan Blake, Colin Cameron, Mark Kennedy (2) and Kenny Miller (2).

2008 - Gillingham 2-1 Bournemouth  L1   Att: 6,540
Two first-half goals from Andrew Crofts and Simeon Jackson put the Gills on the road to victory



1992 - Luke Freeman

Luke started at Charlton Athletic but joined the Gills at the age of 11.

In November 2007 he made club history and many headlines when making his first-team debut at 15 years and 233 days old, coming on as a substitute at Barnet in an FA Cup tie.

He became the youngest player to play for the Gills and the youngest ever to appear in an FA Cup game.

After trialling at a number of top flight clubs he eventually moved to Arsenal for an undisclosed fee in January 2008.

Luke became a regular for the Gunners Academy side then the reserves, he also went on loan to Yeovil Town to gain first-team experience.

While with Arsenal he won England Youth honours at both Under 16 and 17 level.

In November 2011 he went on loan to Stevenage and two months later he signed a permanent deal with the League One side.

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