Mark Gillespie (footballer)
Gillespie playing for Carlisle United in 2015
|Full name||Mark Joseph Gillespie|
|Date of birth||27 March 1992|
|Place of birth||Newcastle, England|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|2010–2011||→ Blyth Spartans (loan)||12||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:01, 23 June 2017 (UTC).
Gillespie was part of the academy setup at Newcastle United before moving to Carlisle United in 2008, at the age of 16. He started at Carlisle as a youth team player before graduating to the reserve team.
On 20 February 2010, Gillespie was named as a substitute for Carlisle's League One match against Swindon Town due to an injury suffered by Lenny Pidgeley. He was on the bench for a further 7 games before Pidgeley returned for the 2010 Football League Trophy Final on 28 March 2010.
On 8 May 2010, the final day of the 2009–10 season, Gillespie made his professional debut in a win against Norwich City at Carrow Road after coming on as a late substitute. Gillespie therefore became the youngest keeper ever to represent Carlisle, at 18 years and 42 days, beating the previous record set by Tony Caig.
In the 2010–11 season, Gillespie joined Blyth Spartans, then in the Conference North, on a month-long loan. He made his first start against Eastwood Town on 16 October 2010, keeping a clean sheet. His loan was extended for a further two months before he returned to Carlisle. He made no appearances for Carlisle in either of the 2010–11 or 2011–12 seasons.
Gillespie made his first start for Carlisle in Carlisle's Football League Trophy tie against Preston North End on 4 September 2012. This ended a run of 146 consecutive starts for Adam Collin. Gillespie retained his place in the team the following Saturday, in a league fixture against Hartlepool United, after Carlisle manager Greg Abbott said that Gillespie and Collin were competing against each other for the goalkeeping position. Gillespie was praised by Tottenham Hotspur boss André Villas-Boas and veteran keeper Carlo Cudicini after Carlisle slipped to a 3–0 defeat in a League Cup tie on 26 September. The praise was earned after Gillespie pulled off a string of fine saves to keep United in the match early on. Gillespie lost his place in the first team at the start of November 2012, after playing 13 consecutive games in two months, during which he conceded 23 goals and kept only one clean sheet (in a game against Crewe Alexandra on 18 September 2012). He regained his place in the team one and a half months later in a 2–1 loss at Shrewsbury Town and retained it to make 37 appearances for the season. During the season, he extended his contract until the end of the 2014–15 season, while at the season's end, Collin departed the club for Rotherham United.
Gillespie's 2013–14 season was curtailed by a knee injury suffered in an FA Cup tie against Boreham Wood in November. He made no further appearances for Carlisle during the season, as the club was relegated to League Two. Gillespie turned down a new contract from Carlisle on the 7 June 2017.
- "Mark Gillespie". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
- Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline Publishing Group. p. 449. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8.
- "Gillespie signs new deal". Sky Sports (14 February 2011).
- "Blyth Spartans extend loan of Carlisle's Mark Gillespie". BBC. 11 November 2010.
- "Carlisle United goalkeepers battle it out to be No1". News & Star. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
- "Abbott dives into his Pool of young talent". News & Star. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
- "Spurs pair praise Carlisle Utd rookie keeper after game". News & Star. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- "Mark Gillespie signs new Carlisle United deal until 2014". BBC. 13 December 2012.
- "Rotherham United sign Richard Brindley and Adam Collin". BBC. 23 May 2013.
- "Carlisle United: Mark Gillespie could miss next two months". BBC. 12 November 2013.
- "Gillespie can make his mark on new-look Carlisle United side". News and Star. 12 September 2014.
- "Walsall sign former Carlisle goalkeeper on two-year deal". BBC Sport. 23 June 2017.