|4||West Ham United|
|50||23.08.1986||Newcastle United||St James' Park||League|
LFChistory's Carl Clemente had the rare opportunity to chat to Gary Gillespie, an influential member of one of the great Liverpool sides of the 1980s.
Match report from 26.04.1986 by Chris James of "The Daily Mirror".
Gillespie is a small fish in a very big pool, learning, enjoying himself. The name – Gary Gillespie – is one to watch out for.
"There was a big pressure to perform and we were expected to hammer Walsall. At one point I was trying to clear the ball off the line. It smacked Phil Neal in the back and bounced in for an own goal. Nealy gave me one of his stares."
Gary Gillespie's debut was not the best
"Excellent for us at right full-back or centre-back and I think if he'd have had a wee bit of luck with injuries his career would have been much more positive. But even at that he had a very successful career at Liverpool."
Dalglish on Gary Gillespie
"We knew we’d win, it was a case of how many goals today."
Gary Gilespie - Life was simpler back in the good old days
"To have played 50 times for Liverpool by the age of 22 shows the quality he has. He has the potential to be up there with the likes of Hansen and Smith – and that's an accolade of the highest order. The thing that impresses me most about him is his ability on the ball. He has the composure to pick out a pass or bring the ball forward. I don't see that in a lot of centre-backs these days.
When he first arrived he looked a bit lightweight – it reminded me of when I first broke into the team. But he's filled out and worked on his strength. He also reads the game very well for his age and can cover ground quickly. The thing is, centre-back is a position where you only get better with age, so there's a lot more to come from him yet.
Sami Hyypia has been a legend for this club, but Agger has come in and done fantastic. I still think Sami has a part to play at Liverpool and there's certainly no one better for Agger to learn from."
Gary Gillespie hails Daniel Agger as he prepares for his 50th Liverpool appearance
|Club||Season||Club rank||League apps||League goals||Total apps||Total goals|
|Coventry City||1978-1979||England First Division||15||0||16||0|
|Coventry City||1979-1980||England First Division||38||1||43||1|
|Coventry City||1980-1981||England First Division||37||1||47||1|
|Coventry City||1981-1982||England First Division||40||2||45||2|
|Coventry City||1982-1983||England First Division||42||2||47||2|
|Coventry City||1994-1995||England Premier League||3||0||4||0|