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Mark Reilly

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

30/03/1969

Signed

10/05/1998

Country

Scotland

The Scottish-born midfielder started off his career at Motherwell, aged 19. After just four appearances he moved to fellow Scottish Premier side Kilmarnock, a club in which he would go on to make 203 appearances for in just under seven years.

This period was interrupted when Reilly moved south of the border to join up with our Berkshire side, playing in England’s Second Division. It’s probably fair to assume that the Bellshill-born midfielder will be remembered somewhat different north of the border than he will be south of it.

The Motherwell youngster had been part of Kilmarnock’s Scottish Cup winning side only the previous summer when he was signed by Tommy Burns in 1998 and, although he started the first ever game at Madejski Stadium, it was to be one of only four home appearances for Reilly in a Reading shirt before a return to Ayrshire’s Rugby Park later that season.

In total, he totted up more than 450 appearances in 11 years at Killie, compared to just six games and less than six months at Reading. He moved back to Scotland to play for St Johnstone, where he linked up with his former teammate and manager Billy Stark.

In 2004, Reilly followed a couple of his teammates over to St Mirren, it was with the Buddies that he won the Scottish First Division title ending the 2005/06 season – mirroring the Royals achievements that season of winning the English Championship, but not quiet achieving our prolific points record of 106. He retired from professional football at the end of that season, aged 34.

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