Dave Gilbert (footballer)

David James Gilbert (born 22 June 1963) is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1981 until 2009. He is currently employed as assistant manager at Lincoln United.

Dave Gilbert
Personal information
Full name David James Gilbert
Date of birth (1963-06-22) 22 June 1963 (age 58)
Place of birth Lincoln, England
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Lincoln United (assistant manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1982 Lincoln City 30 (1)
1982 Scunthorpe United 1 (0)
1982–1986 Boston United 135 (27)
1986–1989 Northampton Town 120 (21)
1989–1995 Grimsby Town 259 (41)
1995–1998 West Bromwich Albion 62 (6)
1997 York City (loan) 9 (1)
1997 Grimsby Town (loan) 5 (0)
1998–1999 Grantham Town 44 (7)
1999–2001 Spalding United 34 (2)
2001–2003 Grantham Town 59 (5)
2003–2007 Lincoln United 32 (4)
2007–2009 Grantham Town 121 (43)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

As a player, Gilbert notably played for Grimsby Town and West Bromwich Albion. He also played in the Football League for Lincoln City, Scunthorpe United, Northampton Town and York City, as well as playing Non-League football for Boston United, Grantham Town, Spalding United and Lincoln United.

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Dave Gilbert began his career at his hometown club Lincoln City, where he made his first-team debut in the 1980–81 season. After two seasons at Sincil Bank, and a brief spell at Scunthorpe United, Gilbert dropped down to the Football Conference and joined Boston United. In 1986, Gilbert got a second chance in the professional game, when he was signed by Northampton Town, and became a key member of the Cobblers side that walked away with the Division Four title in 1986–87, and came close to a second promotion the following season. Midway through the 1988–89 season, as the once-successful Northampton team was broken up, Gilbert was sold to Grimsby Town. It was at this club he arguably had the best years of his career.

Gilbert spent seven seasons at Blundell Park, playing on the left wing. During his tenure, the Mariners were promoted twice and against all odds established themselves at the second-highest level of English football. In 1995, following Grimsby manager Alan Buckley‘s appointment at West Bromwich Albion a year earlier, Gilbert transferred to The Hawthorns.

Gilbert was a regular at WBA until Buckley was sacked in early 1997. He then found himself in the reserves, and had loan spells at York City and Grimsby, before being released when his contract expired in 1998. He then dropped out of league football and joined non-league side Grantham Town. He spent one-and-a-half season at Grantham, then moved to Spalding United where he spent another year-and-a-half, and then returned to Grantham.

In 2003, Gilbert joined his other hometown side, Lincoln United of the Northern Premier League and remained until the summer of 2007 when he followed the Lincoln United manager John Wilkinson in rejoining Grantham Town. At the beginning of October 2008, following a run of poor form, Wilkinson was asked to step down as the Gingerbreads manager[1] and Gilbert left the club in his wake;[2] Gilbert’s final appearance for the club having been in the 5–0 Northern Premier League Division One South home defeat to Glapwell on 27 September 2008.

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