Why did Fulham star Bobby Reid change his name?

Lane Dias November 28, 2020
Why did Fulham star Bobby Reid change his name?
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Fulham forward Bobby Decordova-Reid was on target for the Cottagers during their 3-2 Premier League defeat to Everton. Some matchday commentators have been referring to the Jamaican international using his former surname, Reid. So, why did Bobby Reid change his name? Let’s find out.

Why did Fulham star Bobby Reid change his name?

Why did Fulham star Bobby Reid change his name? The forward formally changed it in October 2018 while at Cardiff City.

Reid confirmed on Twitter the name change on the back of his shirt is a tribute to his mother.

Decordova is his mother’s maiden name.

The 27-year-old wanted everyone to know his mother has dedicated so much time and hard work to further his football career.


Reid: ‘Pay her back’

In an interview with Wales Online, the then-Cardiff winger opened up about his humble beginnings. He mentioned how his mother didn’t drive, but would take four buses with him to attend training.

He said: “I grew up with my mum. She was a single parent. I had to get four buses with her to training because she didn’t drive at the time.”

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“I wanted to pay her back”, he explained, “by putting her name on my shirt in the Premier League. She can watch me running around on the pitch with her name on my back on the biggest stage.”

Decordova-Reid revealed he was estranged from his father.

He said: “I don’t talk to my dad. We’re not in contact. So it’s nice to give my mum something she deserves.”

He also insisted one day he intends to have his mother’s name alone on the back of his shirt.

“I had to time it right and not do Decordova straight away, which is why I thought to double-barrel it and eventually one day maybe just have Decordova.”

Decordova-Reid’s career

The Bristol-born talent began his football career in the city of his birth, emerging from the academy at the Robins.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 23: Bobby Reid of Fulham is challenged by Liam Waldock of Sheffield Wednesday during the Carabao Cup third round match between Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday at Craven Cottage on September 23, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around United Kingdom remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Paul Childs –

He spent seven years at Bristol City, while he also had loan spells at Cheltenham Town, Oldham Athletic and Plymouth Argyle.

Choosing to represent Jamaica through his family ties, Decordova-Reid joined Cardiff in summer 2018. He helped the side in the Premier League, before joining the Cottagers the following summer, initially on loan.

The winger switched to the west London club permanently in January. He recorded 44 Championship appearances for the side overall, including three in the play-offs as Fulham won promotion to the Premier League.

Decordova-Reid also received his senior international call-up in September 2019. He scored on his debut against Antigua & Barbuda and has won five caps so far.

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