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Matt Gillies
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Full name Matthew Muirhead Gillies
Date of birth 12 August 1921(1921-08-12)
Date of death 24 December 1998 (aged 77)
Place of death Nottingham, England
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
? Motherwell ?
1946-1952 Bolton Wanderers 145 (1)
1952-1955 Leicester City 103 (0)
Teams managed
1958-1968 Leicester City
1969-1972 Nottingham Forest
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).


Matthew Muirhead Gillies (12 August 1921 – 24 December 1998) was a Scottish football player and manager.

Gillies played for Motherwell, and then joined Bolton Wanderers after the war, going on to make almost 150 Football League First Division appearances for them. In 1952 he moved to Second Division Leicester City, with whom he gained promotion in 1953-54.

After finishing his playing career at Leicester in 1955 he became part of the club's coaching staff before being made their manager in 1958,[1] and remained in charge at the club until 1968. He took charge of a total 437 games for the Foxes, the most of any manager in the club's history. He led Leicester to their first major trophy success, the League Cup in 1964, and took them to three other cup finals: the FA Cup in 1961 and 1963, and the League Cup in 1965, though they lost in the latter three. In 1969 he became manager of Nottingham Forest and remained in charge of the Nottingham club until 1972.

He died in Nottingham in December 1998 at the age of 77.

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