Mark Gillespie was given a platform at Motherwell – a platform that’s helped him realise a lifelong dream at Newcastle United.
Stephen Robinson lost the goalkeeper over the summer as last season’s Fir Park number one earned a move to the Premier League.
He had been outstanding for the Well. Initially coming in as backup to Trevor Carson, Gillespie got the number one shirt after an unfortunate DVT diagnosis for his Northern Irish teammate.
The Newcastle academy product retained the gloves after this, form catching the eye of Steve Bruce at his old club. He signed a deal over the summer to take him back to St James’ Park.
This week brought about his debut in a 1-0 Carabao Cup win over Blackburn. Whilst Newcastle themselves weren’t at their best, Gillespie was, impressing the Toon faithful on his debut.
After keeping a clean sheet on his Newcastle bow, Gillespie couldn’t contain his excitement – although one element was missing.
“I’m absolutely delighted, and it goes without saying it’s a dream come true,” he told NUFC TV. “To play for this club means a lot to the local people, like myself, and it’s been something I’ve striven for since I signed for the club at the academy at the age of eight.
“I’m delighted – it’s a shame there was no crowd there to see it as that would have made it extra special but just delighted to be through to the next round.” You hear players when they grow up that they want to be a footballer, that they want to play in the Premier League – well for a lad from Newcastle – you want to play for Newcastle United.
“For me, it’s a massive day. A proud day for me and my family – I’m over the moon.”