Willie Reid (footballer, born 1884)

William Reid (3 May 1884 – 1 May 1966) was a Scottish international football player and manager, who played as a striker.

Willie Reid
Personal information
Full name William Reid
Date of birth (1884-05-03)3 May 1884
Place of birth Baillieston, Scotland
Date of death 1 May 1966(1966-05-01) (aged 81)
Place of death Baillieston, Scotland
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1903–1906 Morton 26 (11)
1906 Third Lanark 0 (0)
1906–1909 Motherwell 59 (35)
1908–1909Portsmouth (loan)
1909–1920 Rangers 217 (188)
1920–1922 Albion Rovers 65 (36)
National team
1910–1915 Scottish League XI 8 (10)
1911–1914 Scotland 9 (4)
1916 Scotland (wartime) 1 (0)
1916 Scottish League (wartime) 1 (0)
Teams managed
1922–1929 Albion Rovers
1931–1934 Dundee United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career


Born in Baillieston, Lanarkshire,[1] Reid began his senior career in 1903 with Morton, whom he joined from Baillieston Thistle. He scored 11 league goals in two seasons before a move to Third Lanark in April 1906; his only official appearance for the club was in the Scottish Cup final defeat to Hearts later that month.[1] A transfer to Motherwell followed, where he scored 35 times in two seasons[2] before a loan spell in England with Portsmouth.[3]

Reid returned to Scotland in April 1909 when signed by Rangers, where again his debut came in a Scottish Cup final (in this case the replay of the 1909 event which was followed by a riot by spectators with the trophy withheld) but this time he stayed with his new club for a long period,[4] and won three successive league titles. He was the club's top scorer for six consecutive seasons between 1910 and 1916. His football career was interrupted by the First World War, during which he served as a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery 52nd Lowland Division and played only once for Rangers in three years, returning to contribute to another championship in the 1919–20 campaign.[4]

In 1920 Reid moved to Albion Rovers as player-manager,[1] where he finished his playing career with 36 league goals for the club.

Reid remains the fourth top goalscorer of all-time in the Scottish top flight with 270 goals.[3] Of these, 188 were scored during his time at Rangers.


Reid received all his caps for Scottish national side while with Rangers. He made his Scotland debut in a 2–2 draw with Wales in 1911 and earned his last cap three years later, against England.[5] He also represented the Scottish League XI, scoring ten times in eight appearances,[6] and made one further unofficial wartime appearance for both bodies.[7][8]

Managerial career

Reid held the role of secretary/manager with Albion Rovers before becoming Dundee United manager in 1931. Reid was unable to keep United up following their promotion and left in 1934 with the club in financial trouble. It was his final post in senior football.[9]


Third Lanark



See also


  1. Lamming, Douglas (1987). A Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who's Who, 1872–1986. Hutton Press. ISBN 0-907033-47-4.
  2. Willie Reid, MotherWELLnet
  3. John Litster (October 2012). "A Record of pre-war Scottish League Players". Scottish Football Historian magazine. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. (Rangers player) Reid, Willie, FitbaStats
  5. Willie Reid at the Scottish Football Association
  6. "[SFL player] William Reid". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  7. "[Scotland player including unofficial] William Reid". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  8. "Association Football – War Fund Games". The Glasgow Herald. 22 May 1916. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  9. "Dundee United A – Z ( R )". Dundee United FC website.