Mark Joseph Gillespie (born 27 March 1992 in ) is an English professional who plays as a Goalkeeper for League One club Walsall.
Gillespie was part of the academy setup at Newcastle United before moving to Carlisle United in 2008, at the age of 16. He started at Carlisle as a youth team player before graduating to the reserve team.
On 20 February 2010, He was named as a substitute for Carlisle’s League One match against Swindon Town due to an injury suffered by Lenny Pidgeley. He was on the bench for a further 7 games before Pidgeley returned for the 2010 Football League Trophy Final on 28 March 2010.
On 8 May 2010, the final day of the 2009–10 season, Gillespie made his professional debut in a win against Norwich City at Carrow Road after coming on as a late substitute. Gillespie therefore became the youngest keeper ever to represent Carlisle, at 18 years and 42 days, beating the previous record set by Tony Caig.
In the 2010–11 season, He joined Blyth Spartans, ( then in the Conference North), on a month-long loan. He made his first start against Eastwood Town on 16 October 2010, keeping a clean sheet. His loan was extended for a further two months before he returned to Carlisle. He made no appearances for Carlisle in either of the 2010–11 or 2011–12 seasons.
He made his first start for Carlisle in the Football League Trophy tie against Preston North End, on 4 September 2012. This ended a run of 146 consecutive starts for Adam Collin. He retained his place in the team the following Saturday, in a league fixture against Hartlepool United , after Carlisle manager Gregg Abbott, said that Gillespie and Collin were competing against each other for the goalkeeping position. Gillespie was praised by Tottenham Hotspur boss Andreaus Boas Vilas and veteran keeper Carlos Cuducci, after Carlisle slipped to a 3–0 defeat in a League Cup tie on 26 September. The praise was earned after Gillespie pulled off a string of fine saves to keep United in the match early on. He lost his place in the first team at the start of November 2012, after playing 13 consecutive games in two months, during which he conceded 23 goals and kept only one clean sheet (in a game against Crewe Alexandra on 18 September 2012). He regained his place in the team one and a half months later in a 2–1 loss at Shrewsbury Town, and retained it to make 37 appearances for the season. During the season, he extended his contract until the end of the 2014–15 season, while at the season’s end, Collin departed the club for Rotherham United.
Gillespie’s 2013–14 season was curtailed by a knee injury suffered in an F.A. Cup tie against Boreham Wood in November. He made no further appearances for Carlisle during the season, as the club was relegated to League Two. Gillespie turned down a new contract from Carlisle on the 7 June 2017.
On 23 June 2017, Gillespie joined League One side Walsall on a two-year contract.
|Club||Season||League||F.A. Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Carlisle United||2009-10||Leag One||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Blyth Spartans (Loan)||2010-12||Conf North||9||0||0||0||—||2||0||11||0|