Player Profile: Keith Gillespie
Hailing from Larne, Keith Gillespie signed for Manchester United at the beginning of the 1991–92 campaign. A fast and powerful winger, the Northern Irishman made his first senior appearance for Manchester United in a comfortable 2–0 win against against Division Three outfit Bury at Old Trafford in the FA Cup Third Round in January 1993.
Keith Gillespie´s Manchester United career was short lived, however, as the young player was transferred to fellow English Premier League side Newcastle United in January 1995 after making a mere fourteen league appearances for The Manchester Reds. While with Newcastle United, Gillespie clocked up well over 100 league appearances before he was sold to Blackburn Rovers for a reported transfer fee of £2.3 million in December 1998. The Ulsterman later played for a string of clubs, including Leicester City, Sheffield United and Bradford City. The much travelled footballer made his senior debut for Northern Ireland in a 2–1 defeat against Portugal at Windsor Park in September 1994 and won a total of 86 full caps for his native country.
Unfortunately, Keith Gillespie had a gambling problem and was declared a bankrupt in October 2010.
Keith Gillespie Playing Career:
Manchester United, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic, Leicester City, Sheffield United, Charlton Athletic, Bradford City, Glentoran, Darlington, Longford Town.