Duggie Reid

Duggie Reid
Duggie Reid
Dion Donohue. Picture: Colin Farmery

New boy’s bitter-sweet Pompey experience

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Known as Thunderboots for his blistering shots, Reid spent 10 years on the south coast, making 308 appearances for Pompey and scoring 129 goals,

Born in 1919 in North Ayrshire, he moved to Manchester and became an apprentice plumber before quitting to join professional football team Stockport County in 1936.

After 10 years with County, Pompey put in a £7,000 offer for Reid and he joined the Blues.

At first, fans were slightly dubious of what the 28-year-old could offer, but they soon warmed to him when he became top scorer in his first season with the club, scoring 29 goals.

Reid was a key team player in the 1948-49 and 1949-50 championship-winning seasons, his hat-trick during the 5-1 thrashing of Aston Villa on the last day of the latter helped Pompey claim the title on goal difference.

His nickname was reaffirmed when he stood up to take a penalty against Manchester City, from which he scored and put the ball straight through the back of the net and into the fans behind the goal.

After his playing days were over, Reid returned to Portsmouth as a groundsman, a post he held until 1978. He also opened up a hostel in Southsea for youth players from out of the city.

Duggie Reid
Born: Mauchline, October 13, 1917

Position: Forward
Appearances: 323
Goals: 134