Keith Gillespie: How Not to be a Football Millionaire

by Daniel McDonnell, Keith Gillespie


KEITH GILLESPIE is renowned as a footballer who liked a bet. And lost a lot. One afternoon he added up how much he had gambled away during the course of his professional career. It made for uncomfortable reading...Manchester United GBP60,000 Newcastle United GBP1,102,000 Blackburn Rovers GBP3,510,000 Leicester City GBP1,050,000 Sheffield United GBP670,000 Bradford City GBP15,000 Glentoran GBP43,875 Total: GBP7,215,875 Keith Gillespie is one of the most recognised football players of the early Premier League era. He started his career at Manchester United as one of the famous 'Fergie Fledglings' and was also a star in Kevin Keegan's successful Newcastle United side that were dubbed 'The Entertainers'. Gillespie is also sixth on the list of highest appearance makers for his country, Northern Ireland. He has worked under many of the game's top managers - among them Sir Alex Ferguson, Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Neil Warnock and Lawrie McMenemy.

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