10th June 2014
REUBEN Reid has now signed for the Pilgrims four times.He first came to Home Park in 2005 as a teenager after shining as sporting youngster at Millfield School, having turned down the chance of a first-class cricket career with Gloucestershire. Tony Pulis handed Reuben his first Argyle appearance in the last Championship game of the 2005-06 season, a 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town when he came on as substitute for Green legend Michael Evans in Michael’s last match.
His full debut came a few months later, when Ian Holloway started him in a memorable 1-0 win at Coventry. Following a loan spell to Kidderminster, he returned to Home Park and featured in four matches at the start of 2007 before ending the season on loan at Torquay.
His final appearance in his first spell in the Green came in a League Cup victory over Doncaster at Home Park at the start of the 2007-08 campaign, after which he was loaned to Wycombe and Brentford before being released by Paul Sturrock. His stop-start Argyle career had seen him make four starts and eight substitute appearances. Interestingly, only one of those dozen games ended in defeat for the Pilgrims.
First game: April 30, 2006 v Ipswich Town (H) W 2-1
Last game: August 27, 2007 v Doncaster Rovers (H) W 2-0
Reuben’s career really took off after he signed for Rotherham United in the summer of 2008 and went on to score 19 goals in all competitions, earning a move to Championship side West Brom. Faced with stiff competition for a starting berth at the Hawthorns, Reuben failed to nail down a regular starting place and, after a loan at Peterborough, he moved on loan to Walsall scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 against Argyle on his debut at the Banks’s Stadium in August 2010.
In January 2011, he was transferred to Oldham Athletic and was a regular until a thigh injury interrupted his progress and he was released at the end of the 2011-12 campaign.
He signed for Yeovil Town on a two-year deal in July 2012 and scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 pre-season victory over Carl Fletcher’s Pilgrims in a game played at Dorchester Town before, after 19 matches and four goals, Fletcher’s successor, John Sheridan, brought him home to Home Park on loan.
His goals helped Argyle stay in the Football League, and led to last season’s third spell at Home Park.
First game: January 26, 2013 v Accrington Stanley (H) D 0-0
Last game: April 27, 2013 v Rochdale (A) L 0-1
After scoring just three times in Argyle’s first 20 games, Reuben hit his straps with an FA Cup hat-trick against Lincoln City – the first triple by an Argyle player for nearly eight years.
That heralded a spell of 10 goals in 11 matches as Argyle climbed the division from 16th to tenth, and set him on the way for a career-best seasonal tally of 21 as he lived up to the early promise seen by the manager who gave him his full debut.
“I’ve got no doubts whatsoever that he will make himself a player,” said Ian Holloway, six years ago, “a very, very good centre-forward.”
First game: August 3, 2013 v Southend United (A) L 0-1
Last game: May 3, 2014 v Portsmouth (A) D 3-3
TOTAL ARGYLE CAREER