Former Northern Ireland and Manchester United soccer star Keith Gillespie is to launch a new book on Monday which will detail how he gambled away over £7m.
In his new book, How Not To Be A Football Millionaire, he will detail how he managed to gamble away a fortune that most people can only dream of acquiring in the first place.
One afternoon he added up how much he had gambled away 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: £7,215,875.
That day seemed a world away from 1993 when he burst onto the scene as a fresh-faced young star with Manchester United. A dark-haired lad from the streets of Belfast with a God-given talent, he was dubbed the new George Best. Flying down the wing and sharing pitches – and pints – 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 plenty of women but they weren’t the main problems – it was keeping hold of the millions he had earned from the game that ultimately proved his downfall.
l Keith will be signing copies of his book in Easons, Donegall Place, Belfast on Monday at 4pm.