Thursday, 23 September 2010
146 Micky Holmes
Position : Midfield
Played : 1989-90 to 1990-91
Appearances : 55
Goals : 7
Micky was signed on a free transfer from Cambridge United. He began his career with Bradford City but moved on to Wolves in November 1985 after only five appearances. He was a regular in their Fourth Division side and in 1987 scored in seven successive games. He played 20 games in their Fourth Duvision title-winning season and his last game for the club was the 1988 Sherpa Van Trophy Final where they beat Burnley (oh what a shame). Given a free transfer he signed for Huddersfield but only played 7 games before moving on to Cambridge for whom he made 11 appearances before being released.
Micky was one of the most frustrating players I've seen at Dale. If he could have found an extra yard of pace he would have been terrific. He was very nimble-footed , could hit an accurate long pass and had a good shot but was so one-paced he was easy to neutralise. Often you'd see him spinning round near the halfway line trying to wriggle free from his marker. He kept his place in his first season despite only scoring twice. In 1990-91 his goal tally improved but things went wrong for him after skying a penalty in the FA Cup at Scunthorpe in November 1990 (the disappointment being mitigated for me by Thatcher's failure to see off Michael Heseltine that same evening ) . Dolan made the unnecessary public comment that "Holmes will not be taking another penalty" and shortly afterwards dropped him after signing Steve Doyle to the outrage of fans who thought Chris Lee should have been the one to make way.
Micky didn't stick around after that and a transfer to Torquay was arranged. He stayed there for a year making 40 appearances and scoring 3 then moved on to Carlisle where he scored 4 in 34 appearances. In 1993 he moved on to Northampton but had to retire at 29 following a back injury in a car crash after just 6 appearances. He was able to play again with Wisbech Town.
Micky currently leads a busy life coaching at Leicester College, helping his wife run a sandwich shop and co-managing Oadby Town.