Walsall player 358 Lee Daniel Holmes

Lee Daniel Holmes (born 2 April 1987) is an English footballer who plays as a left winger for Exeter City on loan fromPreston North End. Holmes started his career with Derby County and became their youngest ever player and goalscorer, as well the youngest footballer to appear in the FA Cup. He has played for England under 17s and England under 19s, scoring in their 3–1 defeat to France in the 2005 European under 19 championships. He had one previous loan spell with Swindon Town, as well as spending time at Bradford City, Walsall and Oxford United. He was released by Derby County in 2008 after six years with the club to join Southampton.
Born in Mansfield on 2 April 1987, Lee Holmes started his career with Derby County appearing for the club’s under 18 side when he was aged only 14. Even before he made his senior debut, he hit the headlines when he scored after just 38 seconds for England under 16s in a Victory Shield game against Northern Ireland. England went on to win the 2002 shield with two more victories. Holmes made his debut for Derby on Boxing Day 2002 against Grimsby Town to break the club record for the youngest player aged just 15 years and 268 days. It was a record he held for almost nine years until Mason Bennett beat it by 169 days in October 2011. He made another two more appearances during the 2002–03 season, both within two weeks of his debut. The second game was against Brentford when he became the youngest player to play in the proper rounds of the FA Cup, a record since broken by Luke Freeman for Gillingham. In March 2003, he also helped England under 17s to qualify for the summer’s European under 17 championship in Portugal with a 2–0 win in the qualifying match against Scotland.
He became a regular in the Derby side during the first half of the 2003–04 season playing 19 of his 24 games that season between August and January In September 2003, his manager George Burley issued a “hands-off” warning to teams trying to sign Holmes as well as fellow teenager Tom Huddlestone. Still aged 16, Holmes scored his first Derby goal in a 3–1 defeat to Coventry City on 25 October 2003 to become the club’s youngest goalscorer. In November, Holmes was a target of Chelsea’s recruitment drive of young England footballers. He scored again later that month in a 3–1 win against Milton Keynes Dons.
Holmes played three games for Derby at the start of the 2004–05 season and also appeared for England under 19sscoring in a 1–1 draw with the Czech Republic. In December 2004, he made a loan move to Swindon Town in League One initially for one month. He made his Swindon debut two years to the day after his Derby debut as they defeated Peterborough United 2–0. Holmes’ loan deal was twice extended after he impressed during his first two months at Swindon. He scored his only Swindon goal during his final month in a 1–1 draw with Doncaster Rovers. Holmes played 15 league games for Swindon, winning the club’s young player of the season award, before returning to Derby County. He made one final appearance for Derby in the 2004–05 season before he played in the 2005 European under 19 championships in Northern Ireland, scoring in England’s 3–1 final defeat to France. It took his tally for the side to six.
Holmes spent the entire 2005–06 season with Derby County playing 21 games but without scoring. In January 2006, he signed a new contract at Derby keeping him with the club until the end of the 2007–08 season. The following month, he was named captain of England under 19s against Slovakia, which he marked with another goal in a 3–0 victory. Derby struggled in the Championship and finished 20th just eight points above the relegation places, avoiding the threat of relegation with a 1–1 draw atQueens Park Rangers. Holmes again moved on loan at the start of the 2006–07 signing for Bradford City with full back Nathan Doyle. Holmes made his debut for Bradford in their opening day 1–0 defeat to Nottingham Forest, going on to make 16 league appearances for the club and another three in cup competitions, although his final days at Bradford were hampered by an ankle injury. He spent a time on trial at Dutch side NAC Breda but stayed at Derby and never played a game during 2007.
In January 2008, Holmes signed on loan until the end of the 2007–08 season for League One side Walsall. He made his debut for Walsall, and his first game in more than 13 months in a 2–2 draw with his former side Swindon Town on 12 January 2008. He scored his first goal in a 2–1 defeat to Carlisle United on 2 February 2008. and followed it up with a goal in his next game when Walsall defeated Yeovil Town 2–0. Two weeks later he scored in each half to take his run to four goals in four games in a 3–0 victory over Swindon Town. Holmes played a total of 19 games for Walsall during his loan but was unable to add to his four early goals. He returned to Derby at the end of the season, but the club decided not to renew his contract, and he was one of four players to be released. He played 46 league games with Derby and 52 in total, scoring two goals, but had not played since 2006. On 6 June 2008, Holmes turned down Leeds United and Nottingham Forest to instead sign for Championship side Southampton as their first summer signing. He was attracted by the promising youth set up under new coach Jan Poortvliet, chairman Michael Wilde and the size of the club. Holmes made his debut for Southampton in the opening game of the 2008–09 season against Cardiff City. Holmes was substituted in the second half, replaced by Bradley Wright-Phillips, as Southampton lost 2–1. Holmes scored in his second game with Southampton, as they defeated League Two side Exeter City 3–1 in the first round of the League Cup. Holmes started Southampton’s opening seven games of the season, and scored a second goal, once again in the League Cup, but was injured in a 4–1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers in September. Holmes left Rangers’ ground on crutches after suffering medial ligament damage in his right knee. The injury forced him to spend six weeks in a leg brace, and kept him out of action for three months. Although it did not require surgery, Holmes also suffered some cartilage damage, which had to be treated by a minor operation.
Southampton struggled without Holmes, who returned to action in a 2–0 defeat to another team fighting against relegation Nottingham Forest on 20 December 2008. As a result of the club’s form Poortvliet resigned as manager and was replaced by his assistant Mark Wotte, in whose first game in charge, Holmes again went off injured. The injury was diagnosed as a recurrence of his previous injury and was expected to keep him out for another four weeks.
He was named on the bench for the first game of the 2009–10 Season against Millwall, but never featured. After being named on the bench for some cup games, he started against Millwall on 16 January.
On 1 October 2011, he came on as a substitute to score Southampton’s fourth goal against Watford. This was his first league goal for the club.

On 14 February 2012, Holmes signed a one-month loan deal at League Two side Oxford United, which made him available for their match against Dagenham and Redbridge at the Kassam Stadium. He set up both goals in a victory over rivals Swindon, and then scored twice in a 2–2 draw with Shrewsbury. On 14 March 2012, Holmes returned to his former club, Swindon Town, on loan for the remainder of the season.
On 19 May, it was announced that he was to be released by Southampton at the end of the season. On 28 May 2012, he agreed to join Preston North End with effect from 1 July. On 17 December 2013, Holmes extended his contract with Preston for a further twelve months, thus keeping him at the club until the summer of 2015. On 24 November 2014, Holmes signed a two-month loan deal to Portsmouth. On 16 March 2015, Holmes joined Exeter on loan until the end of the season.

Youth career
?–2002 Derby County
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2008 Derby County 46 (2)
2004–2005 Swindon Town (loan) 15 (1)
2006 Bradford City (loan) 16 (0)
2008 Walsall (loan) 19 (4)
2008–2012 Southampton 29 (1)
2012 Oxford United (loan) 7 (2)
2012 Swindon Town (loan) 10 (1)
2012– Preston North End 60 (6)
2014 Portsmouth (loan) 5 (0)
2015– Exeter City (loan) 7 (0)
National team
2002 England U16 4 (0)
2003 England U17 3 (0)
2004–2006 England U19 18 (0)

Police hunt for missing Walsall girl Alice Tierney

If you see this missing young woman, please tell the police.

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a teenager who has gone missing from her Walsall home.

Alice Tierney, who also goes by the name Alex, left her home in Streetly just after 1.30pm today and has not been seen since.

The 19-year-old suffers from mental health problems and officers want to find her as soon as possible.

She is described as white, 5ft 5ins tall, medium build, brown hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a green top and blue jeans.


PC Nigel Marple from Walsall Police, said: “We are really concerned for Alice’s welfare as she suffers from mental health problems and is vulnerable when on her own.

“We would ask anyone who sees her not to approach her but to call us on 101 as soon as possible.

“I also want to appeal directly to Alice to come forward and let us know she is safe and well.”

People who think they may have seen Alice should call PC Marple on 101 or the Missing People Charity on 116 000.

Walsall player 357. Arthur Hollins

Arthur Hollins was an English professional footballer who played at centre-forward for Southampton between 1914 and 1915.
Hollins was born in Wolverhampton and started his professional career at Walsall, without breaking into the first-team.
He then joined Wellington Town of the Birmingham & District League; by 1914 he was attracting the attention of bigger clubs, including Wolverhampton Wanderers[1] of the Football League Second Division but instead chose to move to the south coast to join Southampton of the Southern League.He joined the “Saints” in February 1914 and went straight into the first-team, taking the place of Bill Smith against Queens Park Rangers on 28 February. He retained the No. 9 shirt for the remaining eleven matches of the season, scoring seven times including both goals in a 2–0 victory over Norwich City on 4 April, followed by a hat-trick at Millwall six days later on Good Friday.
He continued at centre-forward for the first three matches of the 1914–15 season, scoring twice, before injuries caused him to miss most of the rest of the season, making only four further appearances. His football career was ended by the start of the First World War and he is believed to have joined the Royal Navy.(However I cannot confirm this!)

Youth career
Wolverhampton Early Closers
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Walsall 0 (0)
19??–1914 Wellington Town
1914–1915 Southampton 18 (10)

Walsall player 356. David Gary Holdsworth

David Gary Holdsworth (born 8 November 1968) is an English former professional footballer turned manager.
As a player he was a defender who played between 1986 and 2005 for Watford, Sheffield United, Birmingham City, Walsall, Bolton Wanderers and Gretna. In 2008 he moved into management and has since been in charge of Ilkeston Town, Mansfield Town, Lincoln City and Goole.
Holdsworth started his career at Watford in the mid 1980s, going on to make more than 250 league appearances for the club. At Watford he played alongside his brother Dean Holdsworth. In October 1996, he left Watford for a new challenge at Sheffield United. In his first season he helped United to the 1997 Football League First Division play-off Final but they were defeated by Crystal Palace. He also helped them to the 1997-98 FA Cup semi final at Old Trafford where they were defeated by Newcastle United. In the quarter final replay against Coventry City, United found themselves 1-0 down at Bramall Lane with 2 minutes left. Holdsworth popped up to equalise from a corner, sending the game to extra time and then penalties, which United went on to win. In March 1999 Holdsworth transferred to Birmingham City. He spent three full seasons there, helping them to the 2001 League Cup Final in which he was an unused substitute in the defeat to Liverpool.
In January 2002 he went on loan to Walsall. At Walsall he scored once against Coventry but was sent off twice in 3-0 defeats to Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves.
After being released by Birmingham in 2002, he joined Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer where he played alongside his brother Dean again. However, he only made one appearance for the Trotters: in a League Cup defeat to Bury (David started and his brother Dean came on as a substitute). Shortly afterwards he joined Scarborough in the Football Conference and then Scottish club Gretna where he retired. Whilst at Gretna he scored once, his goal coming in the Scottish Cup against Dumbarton. He was capped once for England at Under-21 level.
After retiring from playing he became reserve team manager at Gretna, where he was appointed director of youth development in May 2006, but was sacked in a cost-cutting exercise a few months later. On 20 May 2008, Holdsworth was appointed to his first managerial role, taking over at Northern Premier League Premier Division side Ilkeston Town from Nigel Jemson, the first appointment of new owner Check Whyte.
On 29 December 2008 Holdsworth was appointed as the new manager of Conference National club Mansfield Town having led Ilkeston to sixth in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, ten points off first placed Hednesford Town with two games in hand.
On 18 November 2010, it was announced that Holdsworth had agreed to leave Field Mill by mutual consent after less than two years with the club.


Picture courtesy BBC News
On 24 October 2011, Holdsworth was named Lincoln City manager until the end of the 2011–12 season, replacing Steve Tilson. He left the club by mutual consent on Sunday 17 February 2013, leaving Lincoln 18th in the Conference Premier.
On 14 October 2013, he returned to management with Goole with his former Sheffield United team mate Curtis Woodhouse acting as his assistant. Holdsworth stepped down as Goole manager on 27 January 2014 with Woodhouse taking over the role. His twin brother Dean Holdsworth is also a footballer turned football manager. On 18 September 2010, they became the first twins to manage against each other in the top five divisions of English football, when Dean was manager of Newport County and David manager of Mansfield Town Newport won the match 1–0.
David Holdsworth’s house was featured on an episode of Through the Keyhole

Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1996 Watford 258 (10)
1996–1999 Sheffield United 93 (4)
1999–2002 Birmingham City 85 (7)
2002 Walsall (loan) 9 (1)
2002 Bolton Wanderers 0 (0)
2002–2003 Scarborough 16 (1)
2003–2005 Gretna 32 (0)
Total 493 (23)
National team
1989 England U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
2008 Ilkeston Town
2008–2010 Mansfield Town
2011–2013 Lincoln City
2013–2014 Goole

Walsall player 355. Edwin “Eddie” John Holding

Edwin “Eddie” John Holding (15 October 1930 – 9 February 2014) was an English footballer and manager. Don’t have a lot of information on Eddie, but what I do have is here!
Holding was a versatile right-back who netted six goals in 39 third division (south) outings while for Walsall, prior to joining Barrow in July 1954, and then Northampton Town, Nuneaton Borough, Lockheed Leamington, Evesham United and Brierley Hill. He lived near Walsall in retirement.

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1954 Walsall 39 (6)
1954–1955 Barrow 5 (5)
Northampton Town
Nuneaton Borough
Lockheed Leamington
Evesham United
Brierley Hill Alliance
Total 44 (11)
Teams managed
1962 Tamworth

Walsall player 354. Dean Thomas John Holden

Dean Thomas John Holden (born 15 September 1979) is an English football player, currently First Team Coach at Oldham Athletic. Holden was a defender who was comfortable at right-back and centre-back.
Born in Swinton, Greater Manchester, Holden started his career with Bolton Wanderers where he made 13 league appearances and scored once against Sheffield United, before moving on to Oldham Athletic after a successful loan period.
After over 100 first-team appearances for Oldham he joined Peterborough United in 2005. He was made captain but, with his contract close to expiry, he was transferred to Falkirk on 1 January 2007 for an undisclosed fee.
On 27 January 2008, Holden suffered a broken leg, after a late tackle by Celtic’s Stephen McManus, during Falkirk’s 1–0 home defeat, leaving him out of action until October.
Holden signed a two-year contract with Shrewsbury Town on 26 June 2009. On 5 August 2010 Holden signed on loan at Rotherham United, initially for only one month but this was extended twice until he was recalled early by Shrewsbury on 20 October. On 31 January 2011, Holden had his contract cancelled by mutual agreement and he became a free agent.
Chesterfield signed Holden on 3 February 2011 in a short-term contract until the end of the season. Holden then signed a new one-year deal with Chesterfield on 18 May 2011.
On 3 November 2011, Holden joined Rochdale on loan until January 2012. In January 2012, Holden made his loan switch permanent on a six-month contract. In May 2012, Holden was released from Rochdale after being told his contract would not be renewed.
On 16 July 2012, Dean Holden signed a one-year deal at League One side Walsall, where he also did some coaching.
On 14 November 2014, Holden left Walsall to join former club Oldham Athletic as first-team coach.
Despite his English birth and having played for the England youth team, Holden qualifies to represent Northern Ireland through his grandparents, and was called up to their full squad for the first time in June 2007.
In June 2006, Holden married television presenter Danielle Nicholls. They live in Worsley and have two children. In 2012 their youngest child died after contracting meningococcal sepsis, while the family were on holiday in Lanzarote.


Senior career
Years Team Apps
1998–2002 Bolton Wanderers 13 (1)
2001 Valur (loan) 7 (0)
2001–2002 Oldham Athletic (loan) 23 (2)
2002–2005 Oldham Athletic 85 (8)
2005–2007 Peterborough United 56 (4)
2007–2009 Falkirk 48 (2)
2009–2011 Shrewsbury Town 50 (0)
2010 Rotherham United (loan) 6 (0)
2011–2012 Chesterfield 31 (3)
2011–2012 Rochdale (loan) 7 (0)
2012 Rochdale 14 (0)
2012–2014 Walsall 29 (2)
Total 369 (22)
Teams managed
2015 Oldham Athletic

BEECHDALE- Three Men In A Boat.

HERE’S AN ITEM FROM TODAYS ISSUE OF THE NOIZE. I am publishing this for my friends down under! It’s the memories of a Mr Lawrence Langley.

We moved to the Beechdale in 1955. It was called  the Gypsey Lane Estate at that time, and i stayed there until the late 1960’s. We were fortunate to have such a good entertainment venue on the estate, in the Big Room at the Three Men In A Boat, right on our doorstep!

The Jackpots appeared on Wednesday evenings, they were in my opinion, the best Rock Group around, it was a mystery to me as to why they never made it to the top! On Thursday’s it wasd the Tommy Burton Combo, they were brilliant musicians. Friday’s saw Johnny Guitar (John porter) and Chick Bennett on drums, doing Country music. Johnny Guitar would arrive by bus carrying his guitar. I last saw him grass cutting for Walsall Council. Most of the talent that appeared was local, but Screaming Lord Sutch was booked a couple of times, he was famous nationally.

Tommy Burton played Piano on Noel Gordon’s Lunchbox on ATV television, and was reputed to have had a number one record in Jamaica. He played the Piano on Suday lunchtimes at Birds Brewery (The Crown) Leamore, he would come round with a tray for a cash collection at the end, and put the lot in the Custodian Charity Box on the bar.

Janice Nicholls was another regular at The Boat. She gained fame from appearing on Thank your Lucky Stars. Brian Meacham (of Brian Gulliver and the Travellers) joined our group of regulars, One night Janice came in and Brian went over to ‘Chat her up’ and Fifty odd years later, they are still together.

Teddy Higgins was another example of local talent, he was an accomplisherd guitar player. He had taught himself to play in 1952, in the Lion’s Den in the Arboretum, to where he had been banished, by his family. He taught Johnny Guitar how to play, Teddy din’t take his playing seriously, he would appear with one group then another. He would show his prowess on the guitar, by doing an instumental sols with a borrowed guitar during the interval, at The |Boat. He spent the night on our settee after a night  in  The Boat, when he had an audition at the ATV studio in Aston (Birmingham) the next day. I woke hi  at 7a.m. He said that he would have to walk to Leamore to collect his guitar, then catch a bus to Birmingham, so he rolled over and went back to sleep. The last I heard of him he was managinging a teenage rock group, that was in the 1970’s.

Happy days with live music, I never did take to discos, lots of silly talk, flashing lights and repetative bass, but they are cheaper than live bands and that’s progress.

Thank you Lawrence!

Ah! memories!. Although I have lived here for 30 years now and consider myself as being from Beechdale. I was born in Pelsall (thanks to Mr Hitler) and was bought up in Brownhills. As a youngster, there was no better place to go for live bands, that The Boat and on a Sunday afternoon The Avion Cinema in Aldrige.

If you have any memories of the Beechdale, those times at the Boat, please email rebecca.jackson@longhurst-group.org.uk or call 0300 123 1745, they are always welcome!