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Matt Gillies

Full name: Matthew Muirhead Gillies
Birthdate: 12.08.1921
Birthplace: Loganlea, West Lothian
Position: Centre-half
Joined from: Bolton Wanderers
Signed by: Norman Bullock
Nationality: Scotland
First game: Doncaster Rovers, 26.01.1952
Last game: West Bromwich Albion, 12.02.1955
Games: 111
Goals: 0
Player Profile

Gillies made over 100 senior appearances for City in the 1950s but it was as a manager of the club that he'll truly be remembered.

His career as a player really got going with Bolton Wanderers after Gillies started his career in his homeland with Winchburgh and then Motherwell. He was on RAF service when he signed for the Trotters and played as a guest for numerous clubs including Arsenal and Chelsea during the war.

However, he went on to captain Bolton and become a key member of their team, playing in defence, in the First Division. When the war ended City quickly swooped for his services and signed him in January 1952. He made his debut the same month at home against Doncaster Rovers and never looked back.

He was a City regular and two years later was part of the club's Second Division championship team. However, he eventually lost his place in the Foxes first-team. But it wasn't the end of Gillies at Filbert Street as, after turning down offers from abroad, he became a coach at the club. In November 1958 he then moved up the ladder, becoming acting manager when Dave Halliday resigned from the position.

The Foxes were battling against relegation at the time but Gillies' appointment helped swing the tide and an improvement in results eventually saw him appointed to the role on a permanent basis. He stayed at the club for a decade and helped City to two League Cup finals at Wembley, as well as maintaining the club's position in the top flight.

He was very much part of a coaching 'team', regularly paying tribute to his coach Bert Johnson. Therefore when the club decided to sack Johnson, Gillies soon followed him by way of resignation. He went on to manage local rivals Nottingham Forest but he couldn't repeat his success at the City Ground.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1951-52Division Two (old)14---------14-
1951_676_
1952-53Division Two (old)34-1-------35-
1952_676_
1953-54Division Two (old)39-6-------45-
1953_676_
1954-55Division One (old)16-1-------17-
1954_676_
Total103-8-------111 -
_676_

Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 26.01.1952 2 - 1 Doncaster Rovers (H) Division Two (old)
2 09.02.1952 0 - 2 Everton (A) Division Two (old)
3 16.02.1952 4 - 1 Bury (A) Division Two (old)
4 01.03.1952 1 - 1 Swansea City (H) Division Two (old)
5 08.03.1952 3 - 1 Coventry City (A) Division Two (old)
6 15.03.1952 3 - 1 West Ham United (H) Division Two (old)
7 22.03.1952 0 - 5 Sheffield United (A) Division Two (old)
8 29.03.1952 1 - 2 Barnsley (H) Division Two (old)
9 05.04.1952 1 - 3 Hull City (A) Division Two (old)
10 12.04.1952 2 - 1 Blackburn Rovers (H) Division Two (old)
11 14.04.1952 2 - 0 Rotherham United (A) Division Two (old)
12 15.04.1952 2 - 0 Rotherham United (H) Division Two (old)
13 19.04.1952 0 - 1 Queens Park Rangers (A) Division Two (old)
14 26.04.1952 1 - 1 Notts County (H) Division Two (old)
15 23.08.1952 3 - 0 Notts County (H) Division Two (old)
16 25.08.1952 6 - 1 Fulham (H) Division Two (old)
17 30.08.1952 2 - 5 Southampton (A) Division Two (old)
18 03.09.1952 6 - 4 Fulham (A) Division Two (old)
19 06.09.1952 3 - 2 Bury (H) Division Two (old)
20 08.09.1952 0 - 0 West Ham United (H) Division Two (old)
21 13.09.1952 1 - 3 Birmingham City (A) Division Two (old)
22 15.09.1952 1 - 4 West Ham United (A) Division Two (old)
23 20.09.1952 1 - 1 Luton Town (H) Division Two (old)
24 27.09.1952 1 - 0 Leeds United (A) Division Two (old)
25 04.10.1952 2 - 0 Plymouth Argyle (H) Division Two (old)
26 11.10.1952 3 - 1 Nottingham Forest (A) Division Two (old)
27 18.10.1952 4 - 2 Everton (H) Division Two (old)
28 25.10.1952 2 - 4 Brentford (A) Division Two (old)
29 01.11.1952 4 - 2 Doncaster Rovers (H) Division Two (old)
30 08.11.1952 1 - 1 Swansea City (A) Division Two (old)
31 15.11.1952 2 - 1 Huddersfield Town (H) Division Two (old)
32 22.11.1952 2 - 7 Sheffield United (A) Division Two (old)
33 29.11.1952 2 - 2 Barnsley (H) Division Two (old)
34 06.12.1952 2 - 3 Lincoln City (A) Division Two (old)
35 10.01.1953 2 - 4 Notts County (H) FA Cup 3
36 17.01.1953 4 - 1 Bury (A) Division Two (old)
37 24.01.1953 3 - 4 Birmingham City (H) Division Two (old)
38 07.02.1953 0 - 2 Luton Town (A) Division Two (old)
39 14.02.1953 3 - 3 Leeds United (H) Division Two (old)
40 07.03.1953 2 - 2 Everton (A) Division Two (old)
41 14.03.1953 2 - 3 Brentford (H) Division Two (old)
42 21.03.1953 0 - 0 Doncaster Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
43 28.03.1953 2 - 1 Swansea City (H) Division Two (old)
44 04.04.1953 0 - 1 Huddersfield Town (A) Division Two (old)
45 07.04.1953 3 - 2 Rotherham United (H) Division Two (old)
46 11.04.1953 0 - 0 Sheffield United (H) Division Two (old)
47 16.04.1953 1 - 1 Hull City (A) Division Two (old)
48 18.04.1953 3 - 0 Barnsley (A) Division Two (old)
49 25.04.1953 3 - 2 Lincoln City (H) Division Two (old)
50 19.08.1953 2 - 2 Derby County (H) Division Two (old)
51 22.08.1953 1 - 4 West Ham United (A) Division Two (old)
52 24.08.1953 2 - 2 Fulham (H) Division Two (old)
53 29.08.1953 5 - 0 Leeds United (H) Division Two (old)
54 02.09.1953 1 - 1 Fulham (A) Division Two (old)
55 05.09.1953 2 - 1 Birmingham City (A) Division Two (old)
56 07.09.1953 4 - 0 Stoke City (H) Division Two (old)
57 12.09.1953 1 - 0 Nottingham Forest (H) Division Two (old)
58 14.09.1953 2 - 2 Stoke City (A) Division Two (old)
59 19.09.1953 2 - 2 Luton Town (A) Division Two (old)
60 26.09.1953 4 - 2 Plymouth Argyle (H) Division Two (old)
61 03.10.1953 0 - 0 Swansea City (A) Division Two (old)
62 10.10.1953 2 - 0 Doncaster Rovers (H) Division Two (old)
63 17.10.1953 5 - 2 Bury (A) Division Two (old)
64 24.10.1953 1 - 0 Oldham Athletic (H) Division Two (old)
65 31.10.1953 2 - 1 Everton (A) Division Two (old)
66 07.11.1953 1 - 3 Hull City (H) Division Two (old)
67 14.11.1953 1 - 1 Notts County (A) Division Two (old)
68 21.11.1953 9 - 2 Lincoln City (H) Division Two (old)
69 28.11.1953 0 - 3 Bristol Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
70 05.12.1953 6 - 0 Brentford (H) Division Two (old)
71 12.12.1953 1 - 2 Derby County (A) Division Two (old)
72 19.12.1953 2 - 1 West Ham United (H) Division Two (old)
73 25.12.1953 4 - 1 Rotherham United (H) Division Two (old)
74 26.12.1953 1 - 1 Rotherham United (A) Division Two (old)
75 30.01.1954 0 - 0 Stoke City (A) FA Cup 4
76 02.02.1954 3 - 1 Stoke City (H) FA Cup 4 rep
77 06.02.1954 2 - 1 Luton Town (H) Division Two (old)
78 13.02.1954 3 - 0 Plymouth Argyle (A) Division Two (old)
79 20.02.1954 2 - 1 Norwich City (A) FA Cup 5
80 23.02.1954 4 - 1 Swansea City (H) Division Two (old)
81 27.02.1954 2 - 0 Doncaster Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
82 06.03.1954 2 - 0 Bury (H) Division Two (old)
83 13.03.1954 1 - 1 Preston North End (H) FA Cup 6
84 17.03.1954 2 - 2 Preston North End (A) FA Cup 6 rep
85 20.03.1954 2 - 2 Everton (H) Division Two (old)
86 22.03.1954 1 - 3 Preston North End (N) FA Cup 6 rep 2
87 27.03.1954 1 - 3 Lincoln City (A) Division Two (old)
88 03.04.1954 1 - 0 Bristol Rovers (H) Division Two (old)
89 06.04.1954 2 - 0 Oldham Athletic (A) Division Two (old)
90 10.04.1954 3 - 0 Hull City (A) Division Two (old)
91 16.04.1954 0 - 3 Blackburn Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
92 17.04.1954 2 - 2 Notts County (H) Division Two (old)
93 19.04.1954 4 - 0 Blackburn Rovers (H) Division Two (old)
94 24.04.1954 3 - 1 Brentford (A) Division Two (old)
95 21.08.1954 1 - 1 Chelsea (H) Division One (old)
96 26.08.1954 3 - 2 Charlton Athletic (A) Division One (old)
97 28.08.1954 1 - 2 Cardiff City (A) Division One (old)
98 30.08.1954 0 - 1 Charlton Athletic (H) Division One (old)
99 04.09.1954 0 - 2 Manchester City (H) Division One (old)
100 06.09.1954 1 - 3 Burnley (A) Division One (old)
101 11.09.1954 2 - 2 Everton (A) Division One (old)
102 13.09.1954 2 - 2 Burnley (H) Division One (old)
103 18.09.1954 3 - 2 Newcastle United (H) Division One (old)
104 02.10.1954 3 - 3 Arsenal (H) Division One (old)
105 09.10.1954 1 - 4 Bolton Wanderers (A) Division One (old)
106 16.10.1954 1 - 3 Huddersfield Town (H) Division One (old)
107 27.11.1954 4 - 3 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Division One (old)
108 08.01.1955 0 - 1 Rotherham United (A) FA Cup 3
109 15.01.1955 2 - 2 Manchester City (A) Division One (old)
110 05.02.1955 0 - 2 Newcastle United (A) Division One (old)
111 12.02.1955 6 - 3 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division One (old)

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN  Bolton Wanderers £9,500 January 1952
OUT Retired Unknown May 1955
Player 366 of 1150 ordered a-z
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