David Gillespie

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Nickname(s)
Cement
Born
Sunday, 22nd March, 1964
Current Age
50 years and 247 days
Place Of Birth
Narromine, New South Wales, Australia

Biography

One of the hardest tacklers in the game (as his nickname ‘Cement’ implied) Gillespie’s career was built on his ability to tighten defences in the middle and to hit the defensive line. Gillespie came from Narromine to play for C’bury in the early 1980s with his mobility and crunching style of attack well-suited to the five-metre defensive rule. In 1986 he was a reserve in NSW's State of Origin team and was being touted as a possible Kangaroo tourist when a work-related injury resulted in the loss of a finger and kept him out of both the C’bury grand final side and the tour. After playing for Hunslet in England in 1987-88 Gillespie was a stand-out performer in C’bury's 1988 grand final win and was chosen as reserve forward for the World Cup final in NZ. Gillespie made his Test debut against France in 1990 and played three more Tests on the Kangaroo Tour before joining former C’bury coach Warren Ryan at Wests in 1991. Gillespie's high work-rate and ability to make the hard yards saw him play in all three Tests against NZ (1991) and Great Britain (1992) before he took his place in the World Cup squad at year's end. In 1993 he played in two Tests against NZ but was part of the fallout regarding Warren Ryan’s sacking at Wests and signed with Manly in 1994. Gillespie was dropped after NSW's first State of Origin loss that year and although he could not break back into the Australian Test team, the Super League war ultimately prolonged his career at both club and international level. In 1995, despite missing out on a place in NSW’s beaten State of Origin team, Gillespie was called into the Test team for the Trans Tasman series and celebrated Australia’s 3-0 whitewash with a try in the 46-10 Third Test victory. Despite being a member of the disappointing Manly pack outplayed in the 1995 grand final Gillespie was named in Australia’s World Cup squad at the end of the year. Manly gave the veteran forward one last premiership success with a win in the 1996 grand final but it was obvious that Gillespie’s play was not as suited to the quick-paced, 10 metre rule and he retired following Manly’s loss to Newcastle in the 1997 grand final. In 2001 he linked with long-time friend Terry Lamb as skills coach with the W’Tigers. Later, he joined the Sydney Roosters under coach Ricky Stuart.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1988, 1990-93, 1995 19 3 -   - 12 16 3 0 84.21% Match list
Overall 1988-1995 19 3 0   0 12 16 3 0 84.21% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1988, 1990-92, 1995 9 - -   - - 8 1 0 88.89% Match list
Overall 1988-1995 9 0 0   0 8 1 0 88.89% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New South Wales 1986, 1990-94 15 - -   - - 9 6 0 60.00% Match list
NSW Country Firsts 1986 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
NSW Country 1990-93, 1995, 1997 6 - -   - - 2 4 0 33.33% Match list
Overall 1986-1997 22 0 0   0 11 11 0 50.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury NSWRL 1984 7 2 -   - 8 7 0 0 100.00% Match list
Canterbury NSWRL 1985 21 4 -   - 16 14 7 0 66.67% Match list
Canterbury NSWRL 1986 18 1 -   - 4 11 6 1 61.11% Match list
Canterbury NSWRL 1987 14 1 -   - 4 7 7 0 50.00% Match list
Canterbury NSWRL 1988 22 5 -   - 20 17 5 0 77.27% Match list
Canterbury NSWRL 1989 17 - -   - - 8 7 2 47.06% Match list
Canterbury NSWRL 1990 21 - -   - - 11 9 1 52.38% Match list
Western Suburbs NSWRL 1991 18 2 -   - 8 10 7 1 55.56% Match list
Western Suburbs NSWRL 1992 16 1 -   - 4 9 6 1 56.25% Match list
Western Suburbs NSWRL 1993 12 - -   - - 2 10 0 16.67% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1994 21 1 -   - 4 14 6 1 66.67% Match list
Manly Warringah ARL 1995 25 - -   - - 22 3 0 88.00% Match list
Manly Warringah ARL 1996 25 - -   - - 21 4 0 84.00% Match list
Manly Warringah ARL 1997 21 - -   - - 13 6 2 61.90% Match list
Overall 1984-1997 ? 17 0   0 68 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1984-90 120 13 -   - 52 75 41 4 62.50% Match list
Western Suburbs 1991-93 46 3 -   - 12 21 23 2 45.65% Match list
Manly Warringah 1994-97 92 1 -   - 4 70 19 3 76.09% Match list
Overall 1984-1997 ? 17 0   0 68 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1984-85, 1988 7 2 -   - 8 6 1 0 85.71% Match list
Western Suburbs 1991-92 2 - -   - - 0 2 0 0.00% Match list
Manly Warringah 1994-97 10 - -   - - 7 3 0 70.00% Match list
Overall 1984-1997 19 2 0   0 8 13 6 0 68.42% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1984-90 120 13 -   - 52 81 42 4 67.50% Match list
Western Suburbs 1991-93 46 3 -   - 12 21 25 2 45.65% Match list
Manly Warringah 1994-97 92 1 -   - 4 77 22 3 83.70% Match list
Overall 1984-1997 ? 17 0   0 68 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Hunslet Championship 1987/88 ? 4 -   - 16  
Overall 1987-1988 ? 4 0   0 16 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Hunslet 1987-88 ? 4 -   - 16 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1987-1988 ? 4 0   0 16 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

adrian whitkirk hawk says: one of the hardest tacklers i have ever seen remember his 1st game for hunslet at cas in the yorkshire cup when he had a right dind dong against kevin ward it was hard but fair with no quarter given i think is season in england helped his attacking play as well where defences where not as strong (03/01/2014)

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