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RUFC - Head-to-Head v Gillingham



This Saturday, Rotherham United travel to Kent for the League 2 meeting with Gillingham, here's a look at the history of this fixture,

The 47th Football League meeting between Gillingham and Rotherham United takes place at the Gills Priestfield Stadium this Saturday, and the Millers will look to improve on a poor record on the road to Gillingham having won just 3 of the previous 23 games.

The first ever meeting of the 2 teams took place just over 40 years ago at Millmoor on August 26th 1968 when a goal from Jim Storrie claimed both points for Rotherham.
The first meeting at Gillingham was on October 9th 1968 and goals from future Millers star Carl Gilbert and the man who still holds Gillingham's all time highest League goalscoring record, Brian Yeo, gave the Gills the victory.

Last time out at Priestfield was on 25th November 2006, and a solitary goal from Gary Mulligan after 23 minutes was enough to win the game for Gillingham.
Man of the Match, Matt Jarvis did all the spadework leading up to the goal and he beat Millers defender David Worrell to get in the cross which was met by Mulligan who tapped home past Neil Cutler.

The last Millers win at Gillingham (not counting the victory over Priestfield 'lodgers' Brighton) came 20 years ago on Saturday May 2nd 1988.
Dave Cusack's Rotherham were fighting a desperate battle against Relegation from Division 3 and this 2-0 victory gave them a brief respite to move the Millers into 19th position.
Paul Haycock opened the scoring in the 15th minute and a Clive Mendonca goal on the hour saw the 3 points go to the visitors.
Teams
GILLINGHAM

1. RON HILLYARD
2. LES BERRY
3. LEEPALMER
4. GAVIN PEACOCK
5. GARY WEST
6. ALAN WALKER
7. HOWARD PRITCHARD
8. TREVOR QUOW
9. STEVE LOVELL
10. MEL EVES
11. DAVID SMITH


ROTHERHAM
1. KELHAM O'HANLON
2. COLIN DOUGLAS
3. PHIL CROSBY
4. SHAUN GOODWIN
5. NIGEL JOHNSON
6. JOHN GREEN
7. DARYL PUGH
8. JOHN DUNGWORTH
9. PAUL HAYCOCK
10. CLIVE MENDONCA
11. WINSTON CAMPBELL


GATE....3,015

The previous Millers win at Gillingham came on Saturday April 26th 1980.
Rotherham were playing the season out in Division 3 as they stood in 11th position on the morning of this game, while the Gills were looking anxiously over their shoulders at the relegation battle as they were placed 17th and still in the mix for the drop with only 4 points seperating them and Hull City in 21st position.
Rotherham's hero this day was keeper Graham Brown.
He made a vital save at an opponents feet early in the game and received a nasty head injury in the process.
His head was heavily bandaged as blood streamed from the injury, but this did not prevent him from making a number of outstanding saves.
The only goal of the game came after 23 minutes. Ashley Taylor crossed from the left and Billy McEwan rose above everybody to power home the perfect header from 12 yards
TEAMS
GILLINGHAM

1. RON HILLYARD
2. JOHN SHARPE
3. MICK BARKER
4. JOHN OVERTON
5. MARK WEATHERLY
6. JOHN CRABBE
7. DEAN WHITE
8. COLIN DUNCAN
9. KEN PRICE
10. TONY BOTTIGLIERI
11. DAMIEN RICHARDSON
SUB. TERRY JOLLEY (BARKER)

ROTHERHAM
1. GRAHAM BROWN
2. GERRY FORREST
3. ASHLEY TAYLOR
4. MARK RHODES
5. PAUL STANCLIFFE
6. JOHN GREEN
7. MICK GOODING
8. BILLY MCEWAN
9. PHIL HENSON
10. RODNEY FERN
11. STEVE WINN


GATE....3,479

The first Millers victory at Priestfield came on Saturday 4th December 1976, again in a Division 3 fixture.
A 2-1 win saw Rotherham in 4th position, level on points with 3rd placed Brighton, and just 1 point behind the top 2 teams Shrewsbury and Wrexham.
Gillingham were down in 14th position, 7 points adrift of the Millers.
All the goals came in the second half, with an Alan Crawford penalty and a second from Trevor Phillips winning the game for Rotherham and the Gills consolation also being scored from the penalty spot by Eddie Spearitt
TEAMS
GILLINGHAM

1. MERVYN CAWSTON
2. BILL BRINDLEY
3. EDDIE SPEARITT
4. DAVE GALVIN
5. DAVE SHIPPERLEY
6. DICK TYDEMAN
7. TERRY NICHOLL
8. NIGEL WILLIAMS
9. KEN PRICE
10. DANNY WESTWOOD
11. JOE DURRELL

ROTHERHAM
1. TOM MCALISTER
2. DAVID PUGH
3. JOHN BRECKIN
4. MARK RHODES
5. PAUL STANCLIFFE
6. TOMMY SPENCER
7. RICHARD FINNEY
8. TREVOR PHILLIPS
9. DAVE GWYTHER
10. JIMMY GOODFELLOW
11. ALAN CRAWFORD


GATE....4,175

Total Record
HOME
....P 23 W 11 D 7 L 5 GOALS 32-20
AWAY....P 23 W 3 D 7 L 13 GOALS 18-37
TOTAL...P 46 W 14 D 14 L 18 GOALS 50-57

League Results
English League One
07.04.2007 Rotherham United 3-2 Gillingham
25.11.2006 Gillingham 1-0 Rotherham United
28.01.2006 Gillingham 1-1 Rotherham United
10.09.2005 Rotherham United 3-0 Gillingham

English League Championship
05.03.2005 Rotherham United 1-3 Gillingham
18.12.2004 Gillingham 3-1 Rotherham United

English Division One
20.03.2004 Gillingham 2-0 Rotherham United
27.09.2003 Rotherham United 1-1 Gillingham
15.03.2003 Gillingham 1-1 Rotherham United
12.10.2002 Rotherham United 1-1 Gillingham
26.02.2002 Rotherham United 3-2 Gillingham
22.09.2001 Gillingham 2-1 Rotherham United

English Division Two
25.03.1997 Rotherham United 1-2 Gillingham
21.09.1996 Gillingham 3-1 Rotherham United

English Division Four
15.02.1992 Gillingham 5-1 Rotherham United
14.12.1991 Rotherham United 1-1 Gillingham

English Division Three
02.05.1988 Gillingham 0-2 Rotherham United
12.12.1987 Rotherham United 1-2 Gillingham
03.02.1987 Gillingham 1-0 Rotherham United
06.09.1986 Rotherham United 0-1 Gillingham
04.04.1986 Gillingham 3-0 Rotherham United
06.11.1985 Rotherham United 1-1 Gillingham
13.04.1985 Rotherham United 1-0 Gillingham
10.11.1984 Gillingham 2-1 Rotherham United
28.04.1984 Rotherham United 3-0 Gillingham
26.11.1983 Gillingham 4-2 Rotherham United
03.01.1981 Gillingham 0-0 Rotherham United
18.10.1980 Rotherham United 2-0 Gillingham
26.04.1980 Gillingham 0-1 Rotherham United
08.12.1979 Rotherham United 2-1 Gillingham
27.03.1979 Rotherham United 1-1 Gillingham
19.08.1978 Gillingham 0-0 Rotherham United
04.03.1978 Rotherham United 2-0 Gillingham
08.10.1977 Gillingham 2-1 Rotherham United
07.05.1977 Rotherham United 1-0 Gillingham
04.12.1976 Gillingham 1-2 Rotherham United
24.02.1976 Rotherham United 2-0 Gillingham
23.09.1975 Gillingham 0-0 Rotherham United

English Division Four
03.10.1973 Gillingham 1-1 Rotherham United
18.09.1973 Rotherham United 1-1 Gillingham

English Division Three
27.03.1971 Gillingham 2-1 Rotherham United
05.09.1970 Rotherham United 0-0 Gillingham
10.01.1970 Gillingham 1-1 Rotherham United
20.09.1969 Rotherham United 0-1 Gillingham
09.10.1968 Gillingham 2-0 Rotherham United
27.08.1968 Rotherham United 1-0 Gillingham
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Date:Wednesday November 12 2008

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