|Full name||Reginald Date|
|Date of birth||26 July 1921|
|Place of birth||Wallsend, New South Wales, Australia|
|Date of death||11 August 1995(aged 74)|
|1930–1938||Plattsburg Public School|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Reg Date (26 July 1921 – 11 August 1995) was an Australian soccer player who plied his trade after the Second World War. Date played for Wallsend Football Club and Canterbury-Bankstown. He represented Australia in five full international matches, captaining three times.
Date was born in Wallsend to Nancy and John "Mick" Date. His father was a fisherman at Lemon Tree Passage, where Date lived until the age of eight, when he moved to live in Wallsend with his mother's parents.
Date went to Plattsburg Public School in Wallsend, being a prolific goalscorer in their youth matches. He made his debut for Wallsend Football Club in 1938 as a 16-year-old. He joined Canterbury-Bankstown in the state league in 1945. Date continued to live in Wallsend, commuting by train every weekend. In 1948, Date returned to Wallsend. In time he was coached by the great Alf Quill, Wallsend Football Club's legendary goalscorer of the inter-war years.
At his peak Date was an incredible goal scorer for Canterbury-Bankstown in the New South Wales Division 1, earning state and international recognition and captaining Australia in three matches against South Africa in a five-game home series against that nation; Date scoring 8 goals. (He scored another 3 in two warm-up matches for the 'B' side prior to the official tour. There was consternation when Date, for whatever reason, was not selected on international tours of New Zealand in 1948 and, most surprisingly, South Africa in 1950 but he did score in a representative match on the national side's return from the Cape for New South Wales against Australia on Saturday 2 September 1950 and did appear for the 'B' side in the famous 0–17 defeat to an English XI on 30 June 1951.
|Club||Season||League||State Premiership||State League Cup||Other||Total|
|1||10 May 1947||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia||South Africa||1–0||1–2||Friendly|||
|2||24 May 1947||Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane, Australia||South Africa||1–0||2–4||Friendly|||
|4||31 May 1947||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia||South Africa||2–1||3–3||Friendly|||
|6||31 May 1947||Newcastle Sports Ground, Newcatle, Australia||South Africa||1–0||5–1||Friendly|||
In 2000, he was selected as a member of the Australian team of the century by respondents to an RSSSF vote, beating Frank Farina into second place for the number 10 shirt.
Date worked for years running hotels in the Newcastle area. He became the publican of the Queens Arms Hotel in Maitland in 1947, moving to the Ocean View Hotel in Dudley the next year. In 1954, Date took over the Albion Hotel in Wickham, where he worked until his retirement in 1980. In a 2012 interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, his Australia teammate Joe Marston rated Date as the best Australian player that he had played with or against, adding, "Great player. Great bloke. But boy he could drink. The selectors, they never liked Reggie. He was too much of a larrikin. They couldn't handle him."