Winston Reid

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This article is about the footballer. For the cricketer, see Winston Reid (cricketer).
Not to be confused with Winston Reedy.
Winston Reid
Winston Reid in September 2014.JPG
Reid warming-up with West Ham United in 2014
Personal information
Full name Winston Wiremu Reid[1]
Date of birth (1988-07-03) 3 July 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Number 2
Youth career
SUB Sønderborg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 Midtjylland 86 (2)
2010– West Ham United 115 (6)
National team
2007 Denmark U19 4 (0)
2008 Denmark U20 1 (0)
2008–2010 Denmark U21 10 (0)
2010– New Zealand 18 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:34, 1 February 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 October 2013

Winston Wiremu Reid (born 3 July 1988) is a New Zealand-Danish professional footballer who plays as a defender for English club West Ham United and also captains the New Zealand national team.

Early life[edit]

Both Reid's parents have Māori ancestry. He affiliates to Tainui through his father and to Te Rarawa through his mother.[3] He was born in North Shore, Auckland,[4] but moved from New Zealand to Denmark at the age of 10 with his mother and Danish stepfather. He always maintained contact with his father and his family in New Zealand.[5]

Club career[edit]

FC Midtjylland[edit]

Reid signed a youth contract with SUB Sønderborg, before moving on to play youth football with Danish Superliga club FC Midtjylland. He was one of the first players to graduate from FCM's football academy, the first of its kind in Denmark, coming through the system alongside Midtjylland teammates Jesper Weinkouff, Christian Sivebæk and former teammate, Simon Kjær. In November 2005, Reid signed a professional contract with FC Midtjylland.[6] Aged 17, Reid made his FC Midtjylland debut in the Royal League tournament against Norwegian side Vålerenga in a 4–0 win. He made his league debut for FC Midtjylland coming on for David Nielsen as a substitute in the 78th minute.[7] Playing few games in seasons 2005–06, 2006–07 and 2007–08 it was not until season 2008–09 that Reid made 28 appearances and scored his first goal against AaB Fodbold in a 3–2 loss on 23 March 2009 and scored his second in the league in his next match against AC Horsens in a 3–1 win on 5 April 2009. Reid also established himself in the starting eleven throughout the season until Reid left the club.

West Ham United[edit]

Reid signed for West Ham United on 5 August 2010, on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[8][9] His transfer fee was the subject of a dispute between West Ham United and FC Midtjylland as West Ham withheld the fee to bring to UEFA's attention fees owing to them from the sale of Alessandro Diamanti to Brescia.[10] He made his Premier League debut, on 14 August, in a 3–0 loss to Aston Villa[11] and scored his first goal for West Ham in the 5–1 win against Burnley in the FA Cup on 21 February 2011.[12] In his first season for West Ham United, Reid's first team opportunities were limited. He made 12 appearances in all competitions.

For the 2011–2012 season Reid stayed at the club following relegation to the Championship, and on 28 August 2011, Reid scored his first league goal for West Ham United in a 4–1 win over Nottingham Forest.[13] Reid scored the winning goal against rivals Millwall in the 69th minute in a 2–1 win on 4 February 2012.[14]

Before the start of the 2012–13 season Reid chose club over country when he opted to train with West Ham pre-season rather than represent New Zealand at the Olympics.[15] He scored his first ever Premier League goal in West Ham's 3–0 victory against Fulham on 1 September 2012. In 2013 Reid signed a two-year extension to his contact until the end of the 2014–15 season.[16] Arguably his best season in a claret and blue shirt, he was rewarded for his form and on 8 May 2013, Reid was named Hammer of the year. He became only the third player from outside Europe to win the award. [17] Reid started the 2013–14 season playing ten games and scoring one goal, in a 3–0 away win against Tottenham Hotspur in October 2013. However, in November 2013 he suffered an ankle injury in training which required surgery. He returned for West Ham on 1 February in a 2–0 home win against Swansea City. [18][19][20][21]

International career[edit]

Reid received Danish citizenship in 2006[8] and was subsequently called up for the under-19 national team. He played for various Danish age-grade representative teams, in particular the under-19s and under-21s, and played in the 2009 European Under-21 Championship qualification tournament.

On 11 March 2010, Reid stated that he wanted to play for the senior New Zealand team,[22] and on 13 March 2010 he made himself available for New Zealand's 2010 World Cup selection.[5] On 10 May 2010, Reid was included in New Zealand's 2010 World Cup squad even though New Zealand national coach Ricki Herbert had never seen him play.[4][23] He made his international debut in a friendly against Australia in Melbourne two weeks later. His second appearance came in the All Whites' shock 1–0 victory over Serbia, leaving Ricki Herbert "suitably impressed" with Reid's performance,[24] supplanting Ben Sigmund on the right side of Herbert's three-man defence.

On 15 June 2010, Reid scored an equalising goal in stoppage time against Slovakia in their opening game of the 2010 World Cup, thus securing a draw as well as his first ever international goal and New Zealand's first ever point in a World Cup finals match.[25]

On 12 October 2010, Winston picked up his first international red card against Paraguay in Wellington for a "vicious"[26] studs-up tackle on striker Federico Santander in the 90th minute of the All Whites' 2–0 defeat.

Following the retirement of Ryan Nelsen from international football in 2013, Winston Reid was named captain of the All Whites. As of October 2013, Reid has won 17 caps for his country.[27] On November 7, 2013, Reid was ruled out of the All Whites' FIFA World Cup playoff against Mexico, not only leaving a void on defense, but also with his successor as captain uncertain.[28]



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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 1 February 2013. p. 39. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Tahana, Yvonne (17 June 2010). "Thanks for the goal, Winston!". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "All Whites player profile: Winston Reid". TVNZ. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Woodcock, Fred (13 March 2010). "Reid changes mind, commits to All Whites". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Et spirende talent" (in Danish). FC Midtjlland Official Website. 23 January 2006. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kampfakta: FCM – Horsens" (in Danish). FC Midtjlland Official Website. 2 April 2006. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Reid signs". West Ham United Official Website. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Hammers sign All Whites international Reid". ESPN Soccernet. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "West Ham refuse to pay Winston Reid transfer due to bitter dispute with Fifa". Telegraph. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  11. ^ Darling, Kevin (14 August 2010). "BBC Sport – Football – Aston Villa 3–0 West Ham". BBC News. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  12. ^ Leon Mann (22 February 2011). "Winston Reid sympathises with New Zealand quake victims". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Nottingham Forest 1 – 4 West Ham United Match Report". WHFC Official Website. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "West Ham United 2 – 1 Millwall Match Report". WHFC Official Website. 4 February 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "West Ham defender Winston Reid chooses club over country as he turns down Olympics – Football – Sport – London Evening Standard". 20 June 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  16. ^ "Winston Reid inks two-year deal at West Ham". Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Reid crowned Hammer of the Year". Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Winstone Reid Statistics 2013–14". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  19. ^ "Reid injured". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  20. ^ "Winston Reid update". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "West Ham 2–0 Swansea". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  22. ^ Gourdie, Andrew (11 March 2010). "All Whites bolster ranks with Danish star Winston Reid". 3 News. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  23. ^ Johnstone, Duncan (10 May 2010). "All Whites World Cup squad named". Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  24. ^ Smith, Tony (31 May 2010). "A real downer for Serb fans in dress rehearsal". The Press. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  25. ^ New Zealand 1–1 Slovakia BBC Sport, 15 June 2010
  26. ^ Worthington, Sam (14 October 2010). "No serious damage for Winston Reid's victim". The Dominon Post. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  27. ^ Smith, Tony (20 March 2013). "Winston Reid named new All Whites captain". Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  28. ^ NZ Herald – Key questions: What now for Reid-less All Whites?

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ryan Nelsen
New Zealand captain