Michael Gilkes (footballer)
|Full name||Michael Earl Glenis McDonald Gilkes|
|Date of birth||20 July 1965|
|Place of birth||Hackney, England|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Playing position||Left midfield|
|1986||→ Mikkelin Palloilijat (loan)||17||(4)|
|1992||→ Chelsea (loan)||1||(0)|
|1992||→ Southampton (loan)||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Gilkes played more than 550 times as a professional and made his name with the Reading side that nearly won promotion to the Premier League in the early 1990s. A fast, tricky winger, he made over 400 appearances in all competitions for the Berkshire club as they went from the old Fourth Division to the very edge of the top flight. They finished second in the new Division One in 1995 (only missing out on automatic promotion due to the streamlining of the FA Premier League from 22 clubs to 20) and reached the playoff final, surrendering a 2–0 lead held until the 75th minute before losing 4–3 in extra time to Bolton Wanderers. At the Rumbelows Cup Final in 1992 at Wembley Stadium he came third in the Rumbelows Sprint Contest.
He spent two seasons at Molineux before manager Keith Stevens signed him for Millwall. His time at the Molineux was less successful than it was at Elm Park, scoring just once in 38 league appearances, though he did come close to reaching the Premier League with them just as he had done at Reading. He joined Wolves just weeks before the end of the 1996–97 season, as they were edged out of the automatic promotion places to Barnsley and lost to Crystal Palace in the playoffs. A year later they finished ninth, missing out on the playoffs, but enjoyed a run to the FA Cup semi finals where they narrowly lost to Arsenal.
Since retiring from the game, Gilkes has swapped his tracksuit for a business suit to carve out a successful career as a Mortgage Consultant for a Reading based Estate Agent.
Gilkes joined the firm back in November 2008 and is now a fully qualified mortgage consultant working out of the Reading branch.
He was recruited by his former boss Mick Gooding – the popular midfielder who went on to manage the club from 1994–96. Mr Gooding is now responsible for the day-to-day running of the Estate Agency.
Gilkes was Head Coach of Southern league Division One South & west side Hungerford Town F.C. alongside newly appointed manager Bobby Wilkinson until November 2012.
Gilkes is also a personal trainer.
Gilkes has re-joined Reading F.C. as a Part-time Academy Coach.
- "Gilkes voted our best-ever left winger – vote now for the central midfielder". readingfc.co.uk. 9 August 2005. Retrieved 29 November 2006.
- "New assistant appointed". Basingstoke Town FC. Retrieved 10 December 2012.