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25 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 - Millwall Ath 1-4 New Brompton  SLD1
Hugh Gallacher, Tom Grieve, John MacDonald and James Atherton were all on target in a decent away triumph

1905 - Q.P.R 2-0 New Brompton             SLD1

1910 - Watford 2-2 New Brompton        SLD1
Jimmy Reid and Joe Satterthwaite were the scorers at Vicarage Road

1911 - Brentford 0-2 New Brompton     SLD1
Joe Satterthwaite and John Taylor both found the net against the Bees

1921 - Gillingham 1-1 Southend Utd      D3
Tommy Hall put the Gills ahead but the Essex side still took a point

1922 - Brentford 0-1 Gillingham             D3S
A George Needham effort won the points at Griffin Park

1932 - Gillingham 1-1 Cardiff C              D3S   Att: 8,015
Albert Smith scored against the Bluebirds

1933 - Gillingham 3-0 Coventry C          D3S   Att: 6,691
A Roy Bethell double plus one from George Nicol proved too much for the Sky Blues

1939 - Gillingham 6-0 Barry Town           SL
Four goals from Harry Rowley, including a penalty, were added to by Tug Wilson and W Johnson in this rout

1950 - Yeovil T 2-1 Gillingham                   SL
A Hughie Russell goal wasn't enough at the Huish

1961 - Gillingham 0-3 Wrexham              D4      Att: 3,934
The game was played at the home of Gravesend & N after the FA closed Priestfield for two weeks after the referee had been assaulted following a game with Oldham two months earlier

1967 - Q.P.R 2-0 Gillingham                      D3      Att: 14,612

1972 - Gillingham 2-1 Crewe Alex           D4      Att: 3,733
A double from Spurs loanee forward Roy Woolcott ensured the Gills took the points

1978 - Gillingham 0-0 Peterborough U   D3     Att: 8,328

1983 - Doncaster R 0-2 Gillingham         D3     Att: 2,528
Richie Bowman and Tony Cascarino struck at Belle Vue to secure the points

1995 - Gillingham 3-0 Exeter C                D3     Att: 3,364
Goals from Adrian Foster, Chris Pike, from the spot, and Tony Butler saw the Gills to a comfortable win

1997 - Rotherham Utd 1-2 Gillingham    D3     Att: 2,664
Iffy Onuora and Simon Ratcliffe hit the goals as the Gills won at Millmoor

2000 - Colchester Utd 2-1 Gillingham    D2     Att: 4,337
The Essex club took the points despite a goal from Rodney Rowe

2001 - Barnsley 3-1 Gillingham                C      Att: 13,609
Marlon King struck at Oakwell but the points went to the Tykes

2003 - Sheff Utd 2-2 Gillingham               C      Att: 15,799
Goals from Simon Osborn and Paul Shaw blunted the Blades promotion charge

2006 - Gillingham 1-0 Swansea C           L1         Att: 6,909
The promotion-chasing Swans were rocked by a Darren Byfield penalty in the 54th minute.



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

1932 - Albert Smith versus Cardiff

2000 - Jon Bass at Colchester

2001 - Guy Ipoua against Barnsley at Oakwell



1971 - Ian Cox

The Croydon born defender played at Carshalton Athletic as a youngster before joining Crystal Palace in a £40,000 deal in March 1994.

Two years later, and with his opportunities limited at Selhurst Park, he moved to Bournemouth who were managed by ex-Gill Mel Machin.

He scored 17 goals in 209 games for the Cherries before a fee of £500,000 took him north to Burnley in February 2000 where he clocked up another 130-odd appearances.

Then in the summer of 2003 a free transfer brought him to Priestfield Stadium and he made his Gillingham debut on the opening day of the season in the scorching heat at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane, the game ending goalless.

In all Ian scored six goals in 167 matches for the Gills before joining Maidstone United following his release in March 2008.

Ian also made 16 appearances for Trinidad & Tobago and was in their squad at the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany but failed to get any match action. 

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