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3 March 2013

Richard Day reviews this day in the club's history

After leaving the he went on to play for Lincoln City and Watford.

He remained at Priestfield until June 1965 during which he amassed 21 goals in 220 league and cup appearances.

Alec became a regular in the side and was named captain by manager Freddie Cox ahead of the 1963-64 campaign and went on to lead the Gills to the Fourth Division Championship, edging Carlisle United on goal difference, appearing in 51 of the 52 games

In July 1960 Gillingham manager Harry Barratt paid £2000 for his services and he made his Gills debut came on the opening day of the 1960-61 season, a 2-2 draw at Chester, and the attacking wing-half scored his first goal for the club in the third game, a 4-2 home win against Workington.

A knee injury restricted his opportunities over the next four season's adding another four league appearances and in May 1957 he joined Preston North End.

He turned professional with Everton in March 1953 and made his debut in a 3-0 home defeat by Lincoln City.

Alec, who was born in West Kirby, joined the Everton as an amateur in the summer of 1951 having been spotted by Toffees playing for Cheshire Schools and while at Goodison Park he won six England Schoolboy caps, scoring a penalty against Wales at Wembley. BIRTHS...

1936 - Alec Farrall


2012 - Jordan Obita away at Plymouth

1984 - Brian Sparrow against Exeter C at St James Park

1974 - Peter Johnson at Northampton

1924 - Tom Hopkins versus Norwich C

The following players made their Gillingham debut in the above games... DEBUTS...


Joe Martin had mixed emotions at the end of this one, he scored a cracker in the 23rd minute but was sent-off eight minutes later
2012 - Plymouth A 0-1 Gillingham      L2    Att: 6,382

2009 - Luton Town 0-0 Gillingham      L2    Att: 5,739

Dean McDonald and Andrew Crofts twice put the Gills ahead against the promotion-chasing Tangerines
2007 - Gillingham 2-2 Blackpool         L1    Att: 5,949

The Owls took the points despite a Carl Asaba goal
2001 - Sheffield Wed 2-1 Gillingham   C     Att: 18,702

A Gary Kelly own goal plus one from Ade Akinbiyi saw the Gills edge out the Latics
1998 - Gillingham 2-1 Oldham Ath      D2    Att: 5,247

The Clarets were downed by goals from David Crown, Peter Beadle and Steve Lovell
1992 - Gillingham 3-0 Burnley            D4    Att: 3,738

Pat Gavin was the match-winner against the U's
1990 - Gillingham 1-0 Cambridge U     D4    Att: 4,183

1987 - Chesterfield 1-0 Gillingham       D3    Att: 2,026

1984 - Exeter City 0-0 Gillingham        D3    Att: 2,801

Damien Richardson scored the only goal of the game
1979 - Gillingham 1-0 Peterborough U  D3    Att: 6,890

1974 - Northampton T 0-0 Gillingham   D4    Att: 8,583

1971 - Oxford Utd 3-2 Gills Res           FC

Two goals from Mike Green and a Dave Peach penalty secured the points at Gigg Lane
1970 - Bury 1-3 Gillingham                 D3     Att: 3,129

Tom Johnston hit two, Ronnie Waldock and Gordon Pulley also netted in a comfortable win over the Cumbrians
1962 - Gillingham 4-1 Carlisle Utd       D4      Att: 5,483

1956 - Gillingham 0-1 Walsall              D3S    Att: 5,190

Dave Thomas hit both goals as the Gils drew in Sussex
1951 - Brighton & HA 2-2 Gillingham    D3S    Att: 10,903

George Jones, a guest player from Sheffield United, and Tug Wilson were on target
1945 - Gravesend Utd 2-2 Gillingham   KLCQ

George Nicol was the Gills scorer as the Canaries took off with the points
1934 - Gillingham 1-2 Norwich City      D3S   Att: 7,480

Enos Bromage and Jonah Wilcox found the net to pip the Cherries
1928 - Gillingham 2-1 Bournemouth     D3S   Att: 6,817

1923 - Gillingham 0-1 Bristol Rovers    D3S

Goals from Arthur Beardsworth and Riley (own goal) weren't sufficient to earn a point
1906 - Brentford 3-2 New Brompton     SLD1

Bob Innes, from the spot, and Jack Frettingham were on the mark
1900 - New Brompton 2-0 Bristol Rov   SLD1

1897 - Northfleet 1-0 New Brompton     T&MC

1894 - Dartford 4-0 New Brompton       KSC


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