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REID, Robert (1933)

The 19th February 1911 was Bobby’s date of birth, which took place in Hamilton. A tall and fast outside left he played in schools football in the town before signing for Ferniegair Violet.
Manager Willie McAndrew almost signed him when Bobby was 18, however it was two years later that he eventually came to Douglas Park where he became a big favourite during his five years with the club. He was temporarily transferred to Stranraer in January 1933. In April 1934 the Second Eleven Cup was contested and Bobby played in the Final two matches against Motherwell and received a winners medal.
While an Accies player he was chosen on two occasions to play for the Scottish League in season 1934-35 against the English and Irish Leagues. The following year he was due to turn out against the English League in October but withdrew due to an injury.
He expressed a desire to sample life south of the border and Brentford then took him south and while there teamed up with a former school colleague, Davie McCulloch. While with the London club he scored 34 goals in the 103 First Division appearance he made for them. Three years later Sheffield United paid £8,000 for his transfer, by this time he was an Internationalist having played against England and Northern Ireland while a Brentford player.
Signed on again in October 1939, on loan, while with Sheffield United and played several times for Accies during the hostilities. He also turned for Airdrieonians at the end of season 1942-43. Among his medals was one which he won while in the Accies eleven which won the Lanarkshire Cup in October 1939 with Bobby getting two of the goals in a 5-1 defeat of Airdrieonians.
He returned to Sheffield United before another move took him to Gig Lane and play for Bury. His spell there spanned 17 games with 1 goal scored. On his retirement from the playing side of things he took a course in physiotherapy and when he qualified he joined Third Lanark as such, he then took on the job of trainer to Airdrieonians in 1965.
At the time of his death in Hairmyres Hospital on 16th November 1987 following a second heart attack, he was Accies trainer, a post he had carried out for several years. As a player he was a tricky customer and his goal tally was impressive. Another of the side which lost in the 1935 Scottish Cup Final to Rangers. In 1945 he was a member of a group which was set up to assist the Lanarkshire Youth in sporting matters.

Debut on 11th March 1933 in a Scottish League match away to Clyde.

Scottish League 62 Appearances 19 Goals
Scottish Cup 7 Appearances
Western League 5 Appearances 7 Goals 
Southern League 23 Appearances 8 Goals 
Summer Cup 2 Appearances 
Summer League Cup 12 Appearances 4 Goals 
Lanarkshire Cup 3 Appearances 4 Goals
Accies Career

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Full Name
Robert Reid


Outside left

19 February 1911

16 November 1987

Signed by
Willie McAndrew

11 March 1933

Last Game


1934: Second Eleven Cup
1939: Lanarkshire Cup

Clubs Played For

Ferniegair Violet
Hamilton Academical
Hamilton Academical
Sheffield United
Hamilton Academical
Sheffield United