John Reilly

John ReillyBorn in Dundee in March 1962, John Reilly had been a successful fringe player at his hometown club Dundee United who he had joined from Strathtay Boys Club in 1979 signing as a school boy. He played eight times in their championship winning side in 1982/83, apart from enjoying a fruitful 1983/84 season he would never quite established himself as a regular at Tannadice remaining as a squad player for much of his career in Tayside.

In 1985, Tommy McLean signed John for Motherwell paying a reported fee of £50,000 to his brothers Dundee United side. In his first season he would enjoy making his former employers suffer as he netted a double in a 2-0 win at Fir Park in March 1986. At the age of 25 having made over 60 appearances for the Steelmen he was struck down with a Achilles tendon injury which eventually force him to retire.

After going through revolutionary surgical techniques in the early 1990s he was able to make a return to the game where he served the likes of Dunfermline Athletic, East Fife, Cowdenbeath (as player/manager), Arbroath, Forfar Athletic and Albion Rovers. After retiring John went on to resume his career as a sports writer.

John Paul Reilly
5′ 7″
10st 1lb
Date of Birth:
21st March 1962
Place of Birth:

Football Career:

Dundee United 1980 1985
Motherwell 1985 1987
Dunfermline Athletic 1991 1993
East Fife 1993 1994
Cowdenbeath 1994
Arbroath 1994 1995
Forfar Athletic 1995
Albion Rovers 1995 1996

Well Career:

Apps Goals
42 (14) 12
Scottish Cup:
6 (1) 2
League Cup:
4 3
0 0
52 (15) 17