Keith Gillespie

Keith Gillespie ( born February 18, 1975 in Larne, Northern Ireland ) is a Northern Irish football player in the service of Sheffield United.

Club career

The right-sided midfielder began his career in 1993, when he was promoted from the youth team to the first team of Manchester United. However, he was then loaned directly to Wigan Athletic, where he remained, however, only two months before he returned to Manchester United and his first professional assignments collected. During the winter break 1994/95 Gillespie moved to Newcastle United. He was part of the £ 7 million transfer fee paid for the Manchester Andrew Cole. For Newcastle Gillespie graduated 143 Official matches, including 15 European Cup matches and scored 13 goals. In the time Newcastle was twice runner-up behind Manchester United and came into the FA Cup final, which they lost without Gillespie against Arsenal. In 1998 he moved for £ 2.3 million to Blackburn Rovers, a total of 138 games for which he made in five seasons and scored eight goals. During his time at Blackburn, he was awarded a second time at Wigan Athletic.

After that he went free transfer to Leicester City. 48 games and two goals are his stock of the two years. In August 2005, Gillespie signed a contract with Sheffield United, where he has performed since then. In his first season he played a decisive role in the rise of Sheffield. On January 20, 2007 Gillespie presented the dubious record of the fastest red card after a Substitutes in English football. Just 12 seconds after coming off the bench, he received the red card because of elbow checks on Stephen Hunt. Since he got the red card before the game kicked off again, he was officially a single second on the pitch. The same was previously " managed " only Walter Boyd of Swansea City in 2000. Despite some transfer rumors, he signed a new two-year contract in the summer of 2007.


With 86 games he has currently (November 2008) recorded the fourth- most inserts for Northern Ireland. Caused a sensation in the fiery player in September 2007, when he and his team -mates George McCartney beat up on the return flight of an international match in Iceland in the aircraft. In the 1-2 defeat in Iceland Gillespie had shot themselves in the last minute.


  • English Champion: 1994 with Manchester United
  • English Cup Winners' Cup: 1994 with Manchester United
  • FA Community Shield: 1994 with Manchester United
  • League Cup: 2002 with Blackburn Rovers