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.
|2001–2002||Oldham Athletic (loan)||23||(2)|
|2010||Rotherham United (loan)||6||(0)|