Davy Reid

He was born in Ayrshire, one of twins, played in Ireland and England and died and is buried in Belfast. He also managed in Ireland and made four appearances, not quite for either of the Irelands, his birth ruled that out, but for the Irish League.  

Davy Reid was born in Kilmarnock and lived in Riccarton before as a youngster his family, already of seven siblings, his father, also David and a Brass Moulder, moved to Northern Ireland. In Scotland they were already footballing. Eldest brother, Jimmy, was then a teenager and in Ireland he played on. And across the water two more Scottish-born brothers, one older, Max, and one younger, John, Jack, also went on to be prominent in the game, whilst two more Irish-born boys, Willie and Bob, did the same. Indeed, Max and Jack also played together professionally, albeit down the leagues, in England at New Brighton and Willie, a centre-half, not only in Belfast but also in the USA, including almost a hundred appearances for the highly successful Bethlehem Steel, then back in the Auld country in Edinburgh with just short of one hundred and fifty starts for Hearts, plus winning a single Northern Irish cap.

Davy, on the other hand, as a half-back cum centre-forward or winger, and after starting with Distillery, would move to England, also to Merseyside, but at a higher level. In 1920, so aged twenty four, he was signed by Everton and over eight season featured over one hundred times. He then, at thirty-two, returned briefly to Distillery before joining Ballymena with one hundred and twenty-eight starts over a further three seasons, at which point he moved south. In 1931 he joined the Dublin club Drumcondra, as player-manager, it having just finished second-to-bottom in the Irish League. And he would stay three years but without notable success. The club finished ninth of twelve and last and seventh of ten respectively after which there was a move back in north, a few managerial months at Glentoran before in September 1934 footballing retiral and a return to normal life. 

In the meantime that normal life had in 1918 included marriage in Belfast to Rebecca Beattie. They were to have at least one child, a son, also named David, who sadly died in infancy. David Snr himself would die still in the Ulster capital in 1963, to be outlived by his wife for almost thirty years, she dying in 1990. And all three of them, plus Davy's parents are buried together in the city's Dundonald Cemetery.

Birth Locator:

1896 - 11, Glencairn Sq., Kilmarnock, Ayrshire

 

Residence Locations:

1901 - Picken St., Riccarton, Ayrshire

1911 - 137, Hyndford St., Pottinger, Belfast

1918 - Belfast

1921 - N/A

 

Death Locator:

1963 - 36, Kenilworth St., Belfast

 

Grave Locator:

Dundonald Cemetery, Belfast - D4 538

 

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