How NOT to be a Football Millionaire by Keith Gillespie

How NOT to be a Football Millionaire

By Keith Gillespie

  • Release Date: 2013-10-09
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4.5
From 175 Ratings
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KEITH GILLESPIE is renowned as a footballer who liked a bet. And lost a lot.

One afternoon he added up how much he had squandered during the course of his professional career. It made for uncomfortable reading...

Manchester United £60,000
Newcastle United £1,102,000
Blackburn Rovers £3,510,000
Leicester City £1,050,000
Sheffield United £670,000
Bradford City £15,000 
Glentoran £43,875
Total (plus extras) £7,215,875

That day seemed a world away from 1993 when he burst on to the scene as a fresh-faced young star with Manchester United. A dark-haired lad from the streets of Northern Ireland with a God-given talent, he was dubbed the new George Best.
One of the famous Fergie fledglings, he made his debut aged just 17 before moving on to Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle where he came so close to landing a Premiership title winner’s medal. International caps piled up too. 
It was a thrilling adventure. Flying down the wing and sharing pitches and dressing rooms with legends, but behind the success and glamour, it was a different story.
Like Best, Gillespie had a talent for self-destruction. He liked a drink and there were women but they weren’t causing a big problem – it was keeping hold of the millions he had earned from the game that ultimately proved his downfall.
It wasn’t just about gambling. A nightmare ordeal during a training break in La Manga landed him in jail for a crime he did not commit. Then, in 2010, Gillespie became headline news again when a series of flawed business deals saw him declared bankrupt.

How Not To Be A Football Millionaire is one of the most honest autobiographies you will read, about a player who lived the football life to the full.
It tells a fascinating and moving human story of the darker side of the glory game. 
About winning and losing, fortune and fate, hope and heartache... 

About having the world at your feet and being left to ask yourself: ‘Where did it all go wrong?


  • Top bio.

    By Depeche mode man
    A very insightful book. If, like me, you might be left wondering why football clubs care little about how their employees are looked after. Maybe a solution would be to put a certain amount of earnings into a trust to be only got at later in life. As part of any deal. Keith, unfortunately like so many before comes from an humble background and they are ill equipped to deal with such riches. Hopefully Keith you can find joy in your family and maybe pass on you undoubted experiences to other youngsters in the game.
  • How not to be a football millionaire

    By Addy197676
    Just read this book and found Keith to be honest and have some cracking stories. Very good read well worth the money.
  • Superb

    By Tc1480
    Really good book that outlines the other side of professional sport. Sometimes money can't buy you everything. Really hope this turns around for a misunderstood bloke.
  • Can't rate highly enough

    By d0wn3y
    Phenomenal book. True insight into his life. Brutally honest which I'm sure wasn't easy.
  • Kg. omg

    By Canary49
    A totally brilliant read. And not like any other star I truly believe Keith nailed it by being very truthful.its a pity he's still not playing wed love him down at Carrow road . And Norfolk is just a great place to bring up a family.i wish him and his family all the best . And just remember you contributed to making peoples lives a little bit more exciting on a Saturday afternoon.that alone is more than any critic could ever do in a life time.stay well . A fan.
  • An amazing read

    By Bigjohnny
    Very insightful - a must read!
  • Football millionaire

    By Big 85 Chunks
    Great read. Great honest review of a footballers life! Highly recommend
  • How not to be a football millionaire

    By Tyke1974
    One of the best auto bios I've read. Down to earth, life isn't always greener and all that.
  • Interesting Read

    By Lucewil
    A very good honest account of Keith's life. Great read. Not your average boring football autobiography. Highly recommend it.
  • A good read

    By oconnbar
    A disturbing book and a lesson to anyone who is enjoying success at a young age.