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Winston Reid

Squad Number: 2
Position: Defender
Born: 3rd Jul 1988 (Auckland, New Zealand)
Signed: 30th Apr 2013 (£3,000,000)
Contract: 2 years
Previous Club: FC Midtjylland

KUMB Awards: Goal of the Season (third place) 2011/12; Most Improved Player 2011/12; Worst Signing of the Season (third place) 2010/11.


Which New Zealander will ever forget that match. 15th June 2010, World Cup round 1. New Zealand vs Slovakia, Match running into stoppage time, all hopes lost... Until Shane Smeltz put in the perfect cross for centre back Winston Reid to run onto, securing New Zealand’s first ever point at a Football World Cup.

Reid was born in the North Shore, Auckland. Winston is of Maori heritage through both parentsl his earliest memory is playing football with his dad in the backyard. Reid moved to Denmark at the age of 10 with his mother and Danish step-father when his parents separated in 1998.

International Career

Reid became a Danish citizen in 2006 and was called up for the Danish U19 squad almost instantly. He later went on to play for the under 20s, the under 21s and competed in the European Under-21 Championship qualification rounds. He became eligible to play for his home nation of New Zealand on 13th March, and made his All Whites international debut against Australia in a friendly on 24th May 2010. He played his second match for the All Whites against Serbia in a shock 1-0 friendly victory on 29th May 2010.


WORLD CUP GLORY: The goal that brought Reid to West Ham's attention in 2010


Reid played in each of the three World Cup matches in South Africa, scoring the injury time equaliser in the first game against Slovakia. He was a fundamental player earning his side the title of the only undefeated team at the world cup 2010. He picked up a red card against Paraguay in a friendly at Westpac Stadium, Wellington for a studs-up challenge against opponent Federico Santander in injury time on 12th October 2010.

Midtiylland

Reid made 84 appearances and scored two goals in his six years at Danish club Midtjylland. He was eventually a frequent starter and played 90 minutes for a lot of his time towards the end of his spell at the club. He won two Danish Superliga runners-up medals, and featured in two UEFA Cup campaigns (successfully beating Manchester City 1-0 in Manchester on one occasion).

West Ham United

Despite Kiwi fans desiring the return of Reid to New Zealand to play for the country’s one and only professional team, the Wellington Phoenix, he signed for West Ham United in the summer of 2010. He was brought to the club by Avram Grant and controversially thrown into the deep end with an immediate debut against Aston Villa, in which the entire squad struggled to find form. He had an off-day playing in an unfamiliar role at right back. Reid then came on as a substitute two weeks later against Bolton in a 3-1 home defeat.

Following the Bolton game he failed to feature in the squad for over two months until the Carling Cup match against Stoke, where he was an unused substitute. He remained on the bench until the 27th November where he came on in the 50th minute in the 3-1 win against Wigan, and then, three days later, came on in the 73rd minute in the 4-0 Carling Cup thrashing of Manchester United at Upton Park.

- Nick Daly


HAMMER OF THE YEAR: A 2013 fan tribute video

 

2013/14 Match Notes & Ratings

2-0 v Aston Villa (a) 8th February 2014
by Raedwulf

20 minutes of match practice for Winston, essentially. No errors & a few useful blocks & clearances.

3-0 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 6th October 2013
by Trevor Twohig

Fabulous as usual. Scored the opener.

1-2 v Liverpool (h) 6th April 2014
by Raedwulf

Unobtrusively effective, rather than outstandingly effective. Still feeling his way back into first team footie, it seems to me.

2-1 v Sunderland (a) 31st March 2014
by Raedwulf

If, as rumoured, he thinks he should be an automatic pick, he needs to do better than this. Adequate, but caught out more than once; rusty, I suspect...

0-1 v Stoke City (h) 31st August 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Stuck to his task well despite the illegal attentions of Jones which could have proved costly injury-wise.

0-0 v Aston Villa (h) 2nd November 2013
by Trevor Twohig

Solid and dominant as always.

0-0 v Aston Villa (h) 2nd November 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Another outstanding effort. People are beginning to notice I'm afraid. A new contract is a must if we are to progress.

0-0 v Aston Villa (h) 2nd November 2013
by Rob Chapman

Hardly noticed he was there, which is accolade enough for a centre back, together with Tomkins he kept their main attacking threat quiet, although his distribution lacked the culture of his defensive counterparts.

0-1 v Hull City (a) 28th September 2013
by Trevor Twohig

Very good, as usual.

0-0 v Swansea City (a) 27th October 2013
by Trevor Twohig

Dominant in defence. Turning into a world class player.

0-0 v Newcastle United (a) 24th August 2013
by Trevor Twohig

Solid and a threat going forward.

3-1 v Southampton (h) 22nd February 2014
by Raedwulf

Brought on for the last 15 to close things out, I can't actually remember him doing anything at all!

3-1 v Southampton (h) 22nd February 2014
by Gordon Thrower

Had little involvement.

2-3 v Everton (h) 21st September 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Pick of the defence again and rightly given man of the match by the sponsors for once. Same here.

2-3 v Everton (h) 21st September 2013
by Trevor Twohig

Just outstanding.

0-1 v Everton (a) 1st March 2014
by Raedwulf

Came on near the end for Demel, who apparently had had tonsilitis during the week. Made a couple of good challenges.

2-0 v Swansea City (h) 1st February 2014
by Raedwulf

Not on long enough to have much impact. Beyond the impact of simply knowing that he's back in the squad, anyway!

2-0 v Swansea City (h) 1st February 2014
by Gordon Thrower

Replaced Taylor late on. Good to see him back – he'll have sterner tests to come.

1-3 v Manchester City (h) 19th October 2013
by Gordon Thrower

A torrid time for the Kiwi – understandably so given the quality he was up against.

2-0 v Cardiff City (h) 17th August 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Pick of the defence. Seems to have carried on where he left off after last season. Barely a foot wrong.

2-0 v Cardiff City (h) 17th August 2013
by Trevor Twohig

Pick of the defence. Seems to have carried on where he left off after last season. Barely a foot wrong.

1-3 v Arsenal (a) 15th April 2014
by Raedwulf

Apart from the second goal, that was possibly his best game back after injury. Apart from the second goal. Which he was, very definitely, at fault for, unfortunately.

0-0 v Southampton (h) 14th September 2013
by Trevor Twohig

Solid, as usual.

2-1 v Pacos de Ferreira (h) 10th August 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Comments to follow...

 

2012/13 Match Notes & Ratings

4-2 v Reading (h) 19th May 2013
by Gordon Thrower

I guess we can allow him the odd slip up such as that which led to their second goal given that he was excellent for the rest of the match.

0-2 v Everton (a) 12th May 2013
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow...

0-0 v Newcastle United (h) 4th May 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Another assured performance without ever being under the cosh. MOTM I suppose.

1-2 v Manchester City (a) 27th April 2013
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow...

2-0 v Wigan Athletic (h) 20th April 2013
by Gordon Thrower

'Composed' best describes this performance from a player whose improvement over the past couple of years has been nothing short of phenomenal.

2-2 v Manchester United (h) 17th April 2013
by Gordon Thrower

For once outshone by Collins but I’m sure as hell glad that he was back rather than Pogatetz.

2-3 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 25th February 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Got the captain’s armband when Nolan went off. Decent match.

1-0 v Swansea City (h) 2nd February 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Another good run out. Restricted the much-lauded Michu to a couple of half chances.

1-1 v Queens Park Rangers (h) 19th January 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Played Remy onside for the goal despite the aforementioned warnings.

2-1 v Norwich City (h) 1st January 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Superb. Again. MOTM.

1-2 v Everton (h) 22nd December 2012
by Gordon Thrower

The better of the two centre-halves on the day in my opinion.

3-1 v Chelsea (h) 1st December 2012
by Gordon Thrower

A good job of dealing with Torres and no little threat up front as well.

0-0 v Manchester City (h) 3rd November 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Another test in his Premier League education successfully negotiated. Showed excellent anticipation throughout.

1-2 v Wigan Athletic (a) 27th October 2012
by Rob Chapman

Lost his man for the first goal. Nice recovering tackle late in the first half when he appeared to have been turned by his man. Not a great day though.

4-1 v Southampton (h) 20th October 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Once more our best defender. Having a fine season.

1-3 v Arsenal (h) 6th October 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Had a tough game but again it is a measure of his improvement over the past year or so that the debate is now over which player is the best to play alongside him.

1-1 v Sunderland (h) 22nd September 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Another impressive display. Continues to display a level of consistency that few might have expected from his previous outings at this level.

0-0 v Norwich City (a) 15th September 2012
by Robert Watson

Absolutely magnificent. He won everything aerially against a tough opponent in Grant Holt and was defensively solid throughout the game.

3-0 v Fulham (h) 1st September 2012
by Stuart Jones

An absolutely exceptional performance from the Kiwi. A goal just about gave him the edge over the competition in the Man of the Match stakes.

3-0 v Fulham (h) 1st September 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Who’d have though that this was the same player whose performances in our relegation season caused so much concern. Just shows the value of playing week in week out.

0-3 v Swansea City (a) 25th August 2012
by Tom Kilbey

Not too much to write home about for Winston today. Didn't make the errors that some of his teammates did, and looked relatively assured at times, but did not look quite as comfortable as he did last week against Villa.

1-0 v Aston Villa (h) 18th August 2012
by Gordon Thrower

A good long run in the team has done him the power of good. A nice reintroduction to the top flight.

 

2011/12 Match Notes & Ratings

2-1 v Blackpool (n) 19th May 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Good end to a fine season for the Kiwi. Benefited from actyally getting a run in the side.

3-0 v Cardiff City (h) 7th May 2012
by Gordon Thrower

I proposed Reid as MOTM a few minutes before the sponsors’ version was announced. We had sensible sponsors this week. Won just about everything in the air and fully deserved whatever he got from the sponsors.

2-0 v Cardiff City (a) 3rd May 2012
by Staff Writer

It must have been a tough call for Sam Allardyce when deciding whether to recall Abdoulaye Faye - another strong cadidate for PotY - for this one. The fact that he wasn't missed in the slightest was testament to the young Kiwi who improves with every game.

2-1 v Hull City (h) 28th April 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Another confident runout for the Kiwi who looked comfortable on the ball throughout.

6-0 v Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 14th April 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Another good run out for the Kiwi who impresses with the way his anticipation allows him to make interceptions rather than last-ditch tackles.

0-0 v Crystal Palace (h) 25th February 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Improved as the game wore on after an opening ten minutes in which he had all the appearance of someone who hadn’t been told the match had actually started.

4-1 v Blackpool (a) 22nd February 2012
by James May

Faultless once again. Growing as a player every game, becoming a key man of the side. Solid as a rock.

1-1 v Southampton (h) 14th February 2012
by James May

Another superb performance from the Kiwi. Looked generally untroubled against a very strong Southampton frontline.

2-1 v Millwall (h) 4th February 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Even ignoring the goal this was a fine game. I lost count of the number of attacks that were broken up by his anticipation in stepping out of defence.

2-1 v Millwall (h) 4th February 2012
by James May

Scored the winner with a rasping drive. Continues to impress at the back and becoming one our most consistent performers.

2-1 v Nottingham Forest (h) 21st January 2012
by James May

Improving every game and looks to have recovered fully from his recent injury. Very strong and lost nothing in the air. MOTM.

1-0 v Portsmouth (a) 14th January 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Beginning to get back to the sort of display we saw before his injury.

1-2 v Derby County (a) 31st December 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Probably wouldn’t have featured had Faye or McCartney been available. Looked rusty. Plus point – nearly all of his passes found a team-mate. Minus point, that team-mate was Green.

4-0 v Blackpool (h) 15th October 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Resumed his partnership with Tomkins and looked composed throughout, albeit under little pressure.

1-0 v Peterborough (h) 24th September 2011
by Staff Writer

Another solid defensive display from the young New Zealander, who is clearly finding it a lot easier at Championship level than when thrown into the lions' den that is the Premier League last season.

4-3 v Portsmouth (h) 10th September 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Already looking at picking up 'most improved player' plaudits. A little less assured this week but stuck at it well.

4-1 v Nottingham Forest (a) 28th August 2011
by Staff Writer

Still looks the lesser player of the two young centre halfs but he's certainly improving rapidly. The goal will no doubt have boosted his confidence levels too.

1-2 v Aldershot Town (h) 24th August 2011
by Staff Writer

The young New Zealander didn't do an awful lot wrong but appared far less confident without James Tomkins alongside him. Man of the match by default really.

2-2 v Leeds United (h) 21st August 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Continues to improve. Should have scored perhaps.

4-0 v Watford (a) 16th August 2011
by Brian Evans

He and Tomkins gave the odd jitter when they could have cleared their lines better, but overall a very assured display from someone who you can visibly see growing in confidence, even if it is in the second tier.

1-0 v Doncaster Rovers (a) 13th August 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Anyone who witnessed his accident-prone outings of last season could be forgiven for thinking that we have a completely different player on board. Dare I say it that the partnership with Tomkins has a spot of the 'Anton and Elliots' about it.

1-0 v Doncaster Rovers (a) 13th August 2011
by East Stand Martin

Like Tomkins, looked solid throughout.

0-1 v Cardiff City (h) 7th August 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Much better than some of his horror shows last season suggested. Again there will be harder matches for him this season.

 

2010/11 Match Notes & Ratings

5-1 v Burnley (h) 21st February 2011
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

3-3 v West Bromwich Albion (a) 12th February 2011
by Staff Writer

A nighmare performance that brought back memories of Gary's Breen and Strodder. The kid's simply not ready for the rigours of Premier League football at present.

0-1 v Birmingham City (h) 6th February 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Well a run in the first team is doing him good but I'd still prefer it if we didn't have to rely on him.

3-1 v Blackpool (a) 2nd February 2011
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Gabbidon, 33 mins) Still a novice at this level, the young New Zealander coped admirably in the face of a second half onslaught. Experience like this will do him no harm at all.

3-2 v Nottingham Forest (h) 30th January 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Still not convinced by this one. Still he was fairly steady throughout and his presence in the opposition penalty area forced the penalty that turned out to be the winner.

2-2 v Everton (a) 22nd January 2011
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Sears, 89 mins) Comments to follow.

2-1 v Birmingham City (h) 11th January 2011
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

2-0 v Barnsley (h) 8th January 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Difficult to judge given the level of opposition but did little to convince that he's up to doing a Premier League job in case of injury. His rash challenge might have produced a penalty on another day.

2-0 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) 1st January 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Did not play.

4-0 v Manchester United (h) 30th November 2010
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Tomkins, 74 mins) Able enough – ludicrously cautioned.

3-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 27th November 2010
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Jacobsen, 49 mins) A fairly gentle 35 minutes or so for the Danish Kiwi, though Moses did catch him out of position late on.

1-3 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 21st August 2010
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Upson, 54 mins) Came on for Upson after the injury that never happened. Some good touches but still looks a bit inexperienced. Which makes you wonder why DaCosta is out of favour.

0-3 v Aston Villa (a) 14th August 2010
by Staff Writer

A horrible debut - but not unexpected when a freshly-signed centre-half is thrown in at right-back at the last minute.

 

2009/10 Match Notes & Ratings

Winston Reid is yet to play this season.

 

2008/09 Match Notes & Ratings

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2007/08 Match Notes & Ratings

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2006/07 Match Notes & Ratings

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2005/06 Match Notes & Ratings

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2004/05 Match Notes & Ratings

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