From: Berkhamsted - non-contract - March 1997
Record: Played: 0 Scored: 0
To: Berkhamsted - end of season - May 1997
Career stats: Soccerbase
He was: 'Happy not to play'
I'm actually writing this long before he's due to leave, on the basis that he's about as likely to get a game in a Watford
shirt as I am and if I don't do it now, I'll forget. So more a case of 'Here but already forgotten', really, and if I get my tenses in a bit of a muddle just bear with me.
Paul O'Reilly was signed on a non-contract basis from local side Berkhamsted as cover for Alec Chamberlain and Kevin Miller at the end
of the 96/97 season. With the football authorities stressing that it was up to clubs to ensure that they had
enough players to last out the season after the transfer deadline, Kenny Jackett considered it wise to add another
'keeper to his squad.
He's a life-long Watford supporter, so that's something he has in common with the likes of Connolly and Ramage who are
fans of themselves too, and played alongside KJ in the youth team before moving on to appear for Aylesbury, St Albans and Hayes. Prior to
joining Berkhamstead, he was manager of Chesham United. Oh, and he's been a local radio DJ too.
Update: In a cruel twist of fate, O'Reilly's chance did arrive, courtesy
of an injury to Kevin Miller. However, his lifetime dream of pulling on a Watford
shirt in anger (or in the Avon Insurance Combination) was thwarted by injury.