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Keith Gillespie signed for Manchester United on leaving school in the summer of 1991, being a member of the FA Youth Cup winning side in 1992. Also in that team were Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Gary Neville and Robbie Savage.

He made his debut for Manchester United in the 1992-93 season, and scored his first goal for the club against Bury in a 2-0 FA Cup third round triumph on 5th January, 1993.

He moved to Newcastle United on 10th January 1995 as a £1 million component in the £7 million deal (£6 million cash) which took Andrew Cole to Old Trafford. Ironically, Gillespie had scored one of United’s goals against Newcastle in the 2-0 victory at Old Trafford which had knocked Kevin Keegan’s side off the top of the Premier League table less than three months earlier. This meant that he had scored twice for Manchester United in three seasons as a professional.

Keith’s memoir is a no-holds-barred account of his career and also his off-field battle with gambling.

Keith Gillespie