Matt Reilly (footballer) - Playing Career - Royal Artillery (Portsmouth)

Royal Artillery (Portsmouth)

By 1893, he was a member of the Royal Artillery side which reached the final of the FA Amateur Cup in 1896 as well as two Army Cup finals. In the 1896 Amateur Cup final, played against Bishop Auckland, Reilly was voted "Man of the Match" when he kept the score down to a 1–0 defeat.

In December 1895, he played two matches on loan to Southampton who were playing their second season in the Southern League. He replaced Tom Cain and both matches (against Reading and Royal Ordnance) ended in 5–0 victories. He was described in the local press as a "brilliant" player, who was both quick and sure in his handling and kicking. He also spent a period on loan to another Southampton side, Freemantle.

He became a key member of the Royal Artillery side and helped them rise to join the Second Division of the Southern League in 1897 and win the Division title at the end of the 1897–98 season. The R.A. were less successful in their first season in the top division, finishing at the foot of the table, and subsequently the club folded.

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