James Reid (footballer, born 1890)

James Greig Reid (1 May 1890 – 22 April 1938)[1][2] was a Scottish footballer who played for Lincoln City, Airdrieonians and Clydebank.[1][3]

James Reid
Personal information
Full name James Greig Reid
Date of birth 1 May 1890
Place of birth Peebles, Scotland
Date of death 22 April 1938(1938-04-22) (aged 47)
Place of death Airdrie, Scotland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Peebles Rovers
1909–1910 Partick Thistle 3 (0)
1910–1912 Lincoln City
1912–1927 Airdrieonians 351 (120)
1927–1928 Clydebank 26 (1)
National team
1912–1919 Scottish League XI 5 (6)
1914–1924 Scotland 3 (0)
1915 SFL XI (wartime) 1 (1)
1916–1919 Scotland (wartime) 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

While playing as a centre forward for Airdrie, he finished as the top scorer in Scottish Football League Division One in the 1912–13 and 1913–14 seasons;[4] he converted to an outside right after World War I to accommodate the emerging Hughie Gallacher, and was on the wing in the team that won the Scottish Cup in 1924;[5] the Diamonds were also runners-up in Division One four consecutive times in that period.[6]

Reid was selected three times by the Scottish national team[7] (plus two further unofficial wartime internationals) and also played for the Scottish Football League XI, scoring six times in five appearances[8] (and another in a wartime fundraising match).[9]


  1. (Smith 2013, p. 242)
  2. Death of Famous Footballer, The Glasgow Herald, 23 April 1938 (via Partick Thistle History Archive)
  3. John Litster (October 2012). "A Record of pre-war Scottish League Players". Scottish Football Historian magazine. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. Scotland - List of Topscorers, RSSSF, 20 June 2019
  5. The Cup Final | Airdrieonians' First Success, The Glasgow Herald, 21 April 1924
  6. Greatest XI: Right Midfielder, Airdrieonians FC, 5 March 2016
  7. (Scotland player, including unofficial) James Reid, London Hearts Supporters Club
  8. (SFL player) James Greig Reid, London Hearts Supporters Club
  9. Association Football. Belgian Refugees' Fund, The Glasgow Herald, 17 May 1915