Riccarton, Ayrshire born right half Max Reid began his football career with junior club Victoria in 1911, and played senior football for Distillery from 1913, with whom he stayed until August 1921, when with his brother Jack he signed for Lancashire Combination club New Brighton. When New Brighton joined The Football League in the summer of 1923, both brothers made their League debuts in New Brighton’s inaugural fixture, a 1-1 draw at Bradford Park Avenue that August. Reid missed only one fixture in 1924-25 as New Brighton finished third in the Third Division (North), however he lost his regular place in the first eleven in September 1926, and after five further appearances in the spring of 1927 he returned to Irish League football with Portadown in 1927 having scored twice in 116 appearances for The Rakers, staying a season at Portadown before finishing his career with Carrickfergus whom he joined in 1928.
He was the older brother of Jack Reid, also a New Brighton player, with whom he played regularly for four seasons in League football, as well as previously having played together at Distillery.
NB one of the two brothers, and it isn’t certain as to which, twice represented The Irish League in November 1919, playing in a 2-0 defeat to The Scottish League at Windsor Park, Belfast, and two weeks later in a 2-2 draw with The Football League at Anfield.