Born in Girvan, Scotland around 1901. Following a mediocre career in Britain with Hamilton Academicals, Queen of the South and Preston North End, Gillespie signed for Bethlehem Steel in the summer of 1926 and immediately became one of the top forwards in the American Soccer League. Playing alongside the great Archie Stark in the Steelers attack they became a
two pronged scoring threat with Gillespie scoring 33 goals in 32 games in his first season, as Bethlehem won the 1926-27 ASL championship. The following year he hit 28 goals in 43 games, then 17 in the Eastern Soccer League before surprisingly his production fell off sharply. In the fall of 1931 he
returned to Preston but only played four games.
Source: Colin Jose, Historian, National Soccer Hall of Fame
Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club