8 October 2007

Sid Reid

Name: Sidney Edward Reid
Born: 20 June 1908, Belfast
Died:
Height: 5.09 ft
Weight: 11.00 st
Position: Right-Back

Representative Honours: Ireland: 3 Full Caps (1933-1935); Irish League: 1 Cap (1929).
Club Honours: (with Distillery) Belfast Charity Cup Winner 1928/29 (shared).

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA.Cup
Other

St. James’
-
-
-
-
-
-

Cliftonville.Strollers
-
-
Amateur
-
-
-

Willowfield
-
-
-
-
-
-

Ophir
-
-
Amateur
-
-
-

Distillery
27/28-29/30
-
-
*93/2
-
-

Derby County
31/32-35/36
Dec-29
£1,150
16/0
-
-

Reading
36/37
Jun-36
-
2/0
1/0
-

TOTALS
£1,150
112/2
1/0
-
* all games

Biography:

Sid Reid signed for Distillery from amateur north-Belfast side, Ophir. He made his senior debut on 13 October 1927 and established himself as the White’s regular right-back for the next two years. In 1929 he played in the 3-3 Charity Cup Final draw with Glentoran as the trophy was shared. The following campaign again began promisingly and he was selected for the Irish League’s match against the Scottish League. That same season he also aided Distillery to the Gold Cup Final, but missed out on a winner’s medal as he was transferred to Derby County in December 1929.

The deal, initially worth £850 with a further £250 due if he won international caps, found Reid utilised primarily as a reserve. He had to wait for the 1931/32 campaign to make his First Division debut. Still, in six years at the Baseball Ground he made just 16 appearances, slotting in as deputy left-back or right-back as required. Despite his lack of impact on the Football League he was called on three times by the Ireland selectors.

Reid helped Derby's reserves team win the Central League in 1935/36 but then moved to Reading in search of a regular firstteam place. It wasn't to be, and he played just three times at left-back for the Royals through October 1936 with the rest of the season spent in the reserves. He returned to Belfast, leaving football behind, to run a sweet shop.

Ireland Cap Details:
14-10-1933 England H L 0-3 BC
04-11-1933 Wales.. H D 1-1 BC
19-10-1935 England H L 1-3 BC

Summary: 3/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 2.


Early club career details courtesy of Martin O'Connor.

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