9 March 2011

Peter Gillespie

Name: Peter Gillespie
Born: c.1940
Height: 5.11 ft
Weight: 12.00 st
Position: Inside-Right

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 1 Amateur Cap (1959); Irish League: 1 Cap / 1 Goal (1961).
Club Honours: (with Portadown) Irish Cup Runner-Up 1961/62; (with Glentoran) Ulster Cup Runner-Up 1964/65.

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
Europe
Other
Cliftonville
-
-
Amateur
-
-
-
Portadown
-
1959
Amateur
-
-
-
Bangor
63/64
-
-
7/1
-
14/1
Dundalk
63/64
Mar-64
-
6/1
-
-
Glentoran
64/65
c/s-64
-
13/3
-
-
TOTALS
£-
-
-
-
* all domestic games.

Biography:
A civil servant by day, Peter Gillespie moved from Cliftonville to Portadown as a teenager. He developed rapidly under the guidance of Gibby MacKenzie at Shamrock Park, claiming an Amateur cap at inside-right and representing the Irish League against the League of Ireland in his favoured wide-right role. He was part of the Ports' "nearly" team of 1961/62 who fell just short of Linfield during the Blues' clean-sweep season, his brilliance often proving a game-changer.

After a brief spell with Bangor, Gillespie joined championship-chasing Dundalk. He played six times in the run-in, losing just once, in what proved to be the title-deciding clash with Shamrock Rovers at Milltown. In 1964/65 he joined Glentoran, teaming up with Gibby McKenzie. While at The Oval he played in an Ulster Cup final defeat by Linfield.

Northern Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
26-09-1959 England H D 1-1 1 goal

Summary: 1/1. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 0.

Irish League Representative Appearance Details:
03-04-1961 League of Ireland H D 1-1

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, drew 1, Lost 0.

With thanks to Jim Murphy.

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