Grant Holt

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Grant Holt
Grant Holt Norwich.jpg
Holt playing for Norwich City in 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-04-12) 12 April 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Carlisle, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Wigan Athletic
Number 42
Youth career
Carlisle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Workington ? (?)
1999–2001 Halifax Town 6 (0)
2001 Sorrento (loan) ? (?)
2001 Barrow (loan) ? (?)
2001 Sengkang Marine 14 (12)
2001–2003 Barrow ? (?)
2003–2004 Sheffield Wednesday 24 (3)
2004–2006 Rochdale 75 (34)
2006–2008 Nottingham Forest 96 (21)
2008 Blackpool (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2009 Shrewsbury Town 43 (20)
2009–2013 Norwich City 154 (68)
2013– Wigan Athletic 16 (2)
2014 Aston Villa (loan) 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:29, 7 july 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Grant Holt (born 12 April 1981) is an English footballer who plays for Wigan Athletic. He plays as a striker.

Holt played for a number of non-league and professional clubs, notably making nearly 100 league appearances for Nottingham Forest before signing for Shrewsbury Town in 2008 where he became top goalscorer, from Shrewsbury he signed for Norwich in 2009. The move was an immediate success: in the 2009–10 season, Holt finished the season winning the Norwich City Player of the Year award, after scoring 30 goals in 44 appearances for the club (24 in the league) and was one of the leading scorers in Football League One.[1] In the 2010–11 season, Holt continued to be a prolific scorer, and was runner-up in the League player of the year awards.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Carlisle, Cumbria, Holt began his career as a youth player at his hometown club of Carlisle United, but joined Workington after being released aged 18.[2] Following success at Workington he signed for Halifax Town in the Third Division. He scored one goal for Halifax the Football League Cup against Tranmere Rovers,[3] and also went on loan to Australian club Sorrento for one month in 2001[4] and then to Barrow. He left in 1999 to play for the summer in Singapore with Sengkang Marine, under the understanding that he would be signed by Carlisle United on his return. However, Carlisle entered administration and were unable to complete the transfer [2] Holt moved back to Barrow, taking a part-time job in a factory in the town.

Holt spent two seasons at Barrow in the Northern Premier League.[5] He had trials with full-time teams but did not get signed until 2003, when Sheffield Wednesday signed him in March 2003. He made 30 appearances, half of them as a substitute, but only managed four goals. Holt dropped down to League Two, signing for Rochdale, for whom he made 83 appearances and scored 42 goals.[6] Holt views his time as Rochdale as his major break-through [2] and it made him a target for many higher league clubs. It was Nottingham Forest who paid £300,000 to secure his services in January 2006.

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Holt made a slow start to his time with Forest, scoring four times in as many months at the end of the 2005–06 campaign. In November 2006, he turned down a move to Bristol City due to personal reasons, after the two clubs had agreed a fee.[7] However, despite being on the bench for approximately half of Forest's in the 2006–07 season, he managed to score 18 goals in all competitions to become the club's top scorer. Forest fans recognised Holt's performances by handing him the 'Player of the Season' award.[8]

In the summer of 2007, Holt and Forest boss Colin Calderwood reached an "uneasy truce" after the striker had a transfer request rebuffed, when Forest refused to give him an improved contract.[9] Holt made it clear that he would be "happy to stay" with Forest for the 2007–08 campaign, while Calderwood admitted "he's not a player we want to see leave".[9] However, Holt failed to impress by only scoring three times all season, although he played out of position as a winger for the majority of the season.

In March 2008, Holt signed on loan with Championship club, Blackpool, making his debut as a late substitute against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on 22 March.[10] He made four substitute appearances before returning to Forest in the summer of 2008, saying he would like to stay and fight for his place in Forest's team next season, despite interest being shown from his home town club Carlisle United.[11]

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

On 24 June 2008, Shrewsbury Town broke their club transfer record by signing Holt for £170,000. He was revealed at a club press conference along with defender Michael Jackson.[12] Holt opened his scoring account for the Shrews on his debut, scoring from the penalty spot against Macclesfield Town, in a game the Shrews won 4–0.

Holt has now scored on his debut for Sheffield Wednesday, Barrow, Nottingham Forest and Shrewsbury Town.

On 7 October 2008, in a Football League Trophy 2nd Round match against Wycombe Wanderers, Holt scored five of the seven goals (scoring in the 12th, 27th, 80th, 81st and 86th minutes), in the Shrews' 7–0 win.[13]

In the March 2009 edition of FourFourTwo, it was stated that Holt was the player to cover the greatest distance per game in both Leagues One and Two, averaging 4.8 kilometres per game, followed by Adam Le Fondre of Rochdale, and Andy Welsh of Yeovil on 4.1 and 4.0 respectively.[14]

Norwich City[edit]

On 24 July 2009, Holt transferred to Norwich City after Shrewsbury Town accepted an undisclosed bid, thought to be £400,000.[15] Holt signed a three-year contract with the option of a further year at Carrow Road.

Holt made his debut in the heavy 7–1 opening day defeat to Colchester United at Carrow Road,[16] and scored his first Norwich goals with a hat-trick against Yeovil Town in a first round League Cup tie on 11 August 2009.[17] His first league goals came with a brace against Wycombe Wanderers on 22 August 2009. Starting with that game, new manager Paul Lambert made Holt team captain. He won the League One Player of the Month award for October 2009, for "excellent performances throughout October", a month in which he scored "an impressive five goals in as many league fixtures".[18] He reached the landmark of 20 goals for the season in the home game against Millwall on 26 December 2009.[19] Holt received his first red card for Norwich City against Brentford on 23 January 2010. He finished the season winning the Norwich City Player of the Year award, having scored 30 goals in 44 appearances in total, as the club finished as champions of League One and earned promotion to The Championship.

Holt scored his first goals of the 2010–11 season in the League Cup first round against Gillingham, netting a brace. His first league goal of the season came during stoppage time in a 1–0 away win over Scunthorpe United on 14 August 2010. He scored his first league hat-trick against local rivals Ipswich Town on 28 November 2010.[20]

During his time at Norwich he passed the landmark of 150 career goals with a penalty in the first minute in the 3–1 win over Bristol City. He reached the landmark of 50 goals for Norwich City on 2 April 2011 when he scored a hat trick in a 6–0 win against Scunthorpe United at Carrow Road. He was then nominated for the Championship Player of the Year in 2011, but was beaten by Adel Taarabt.[21] He was the winner of Norwich's player of the season for a second consecutive year as the club were automatically promoted to the Premier League.[22]

Holt started the first game of the 2011–12 Premier League season in Norwich's 1–1 draw at Wigan Athletic, partnering Steve Morison in attack, meaning he had played in all four English divisions.[23] He scored his first Premier League goal in the third game of the season, scoring against Chelsea following an error by the goalkeeper Henrique Hilário.[24] For the first part of the season Holt was used mainly as a substitute, becoming a regular starter again later in the campaign, scoring 15 league goals and being voted the player of the year for the third season in succession.[25] He was inducted into the Norwich City Hall of Fame on 20 March 2012.[26] Holt's impressive opening season in the Premiership earned him much acclaim by pundits and managers alike and even conjured talk of a possible place in Roy Hodgson's first England squad for the 2012 European Championship.[27]

On 18 May 2012, Holt handed in a transfer request six days after being voted Norwich's Player of the Season for the third year running; the request was immediately rejected by Norwich CIty.[28] On 1 June, Holt reiterated his request to depart Norwich City via his Twitter account, before signing a new three-year contract with the club on 3 July.[29][30] He played in 34 league games during the 2012–13 season, scoring eight goals for the club as they again retained their place in the Premier League, including a goal in his final game for the club; a 3–2 victory against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Wigan Athletic[edit]

Holt joined Wigan Athletic on three-year deal, on 8 July 2013, for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £2 million.[31] On his debut, on 3 August 2013, he scored against Barnsley in a 4–0 away win. He then scored a penalty in an eventual 2–2 draw with Middlesbrough.[citation needed]

Aston Villa[edit]

On 14 January 2014 Holt joined Aston Villa on loan until the end of the 2013–14 season.[32][33]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 29 January 2014.
Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Play-Offs Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sheffield Wednesday 2002–03 First Division 7 1 0 0 0 0 7 1
2003–04 Second Division 17 2 2 1 1 0 3 0 23 3
Total 24 3 2 1 1 0 3 0 30 4
Rochdale 2003–04 Third Division 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 3
2004–05 League Two 40 17 3 5 1 1 1 1 45 24
2005–06 21 14 1 0 1 0 1 1 24 15
Total 75 34 4 5 2 1 2 2 83 42
Nottingham Forest 2005–06 League One 19 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 4
2006–07 45 14 4 1 1 0 3 3 1 0 54 18
2007–08 32 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 35 3
Total 96 21 5 1 3 0 3 3 1 0 108 25
Blackpool (loan) 2007–08 Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Shrewsbury Town 2008–09 League Two 43 20 1 1 1 0 3 7 3 0 51 28
Norwich City
2009–10 League One 39 24 2 3 2 3 1 0 44 30
2010–11 Championship 45 21 1 0 2 2 48 23
2011–12 Premier League 36 15 2 2 0 0 38 17
2012–13 34 8 1 0 3 0 38 8
Total 154 68 6 5 7 5 1 0 168 78
Wigan Athletic
2013–14 Championship 16 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 19 2
Total 16 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 19 2
Aston Villa (loan)
2013–14 Premier League 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Total 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Career Total 416 148 18 13 15 6 13 12 5 0 467 180

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Barrow
Norwich City

Individual[edit]

(* Jointly shared with Simeon Jackson)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leading Scorers". Football365.com. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Jackson, Jamie (27 January 2012). "Much-travelled Grant Holt has finally found a home at Norwich City". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Halifax Town 1–2 Tranmere (agg: 1–5)". BBC Sport. 6 September 2000. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Transfer Talk: Melbourne Heart reportedly interested in Norwich City skipper Grant Holt, The Pink 'Un, 2013-05-29. Retrieved 2013-05-29.
  5. ^ "Barrow stint helped Holt on road to Premier League". North-West Evening Mail. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Forest snap up Dale striker Holt – BBC Sport. BBC News (12 January 2006). Retrieved on 2012-05-05.
  7. ^ City move not right – Forest star – BBC Sport. BBC News (21 November 2006). Retrieved on 2012-05-05.
  8. ^ Prize Guy Grant – Nottingham Forest Official Website. Nottinghamforest.premiumtv.co.uk. Retrieved on 2012-05-05.
  9. ^ a b Holt peace pact with Forest boss – BBC Sport. BBC News (9 July 2007). Retrieved on 2012-05-05.
  10. ^ Stoke 1–1 Blackpool – BBC Sport. BBC News (22 March 2008). Retrieved on 2012-05-05.
  11. ^ Holt: I'm ready to fight for my place. thisisnottinghamforest.co.uk (2008-03-06)
  12. ^ Shrews break club record for Holt – BBC Sport. BBC News (24 June 2008). Retrieved on 2012-05-05.
  13. ^ Wycombe 0–7 Shrewsbury. BBC News (7 October 2008). Retrieved on 2012-05-05.
  14. ^ FourFourTwo magazine, March 2009 edition
  15. ^ Norwich Sign Holt from Shrewsbury, BBC Sport, 24 July 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2009
  16. ^ Norwich 1–7 Colchester, BBC Sport, 8 August 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009
  17. ^ "Yeovil 0–4 Norwich". BBC. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  18. ^ [1][dead link]
  19. ^ "Norwich 2–0 Millwall". 26 December 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  20. ^ Fletcher, Paul (28 November 2010). "Norwich 4–1 Ipswich". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  21. ^ News | FL Awards | FL Awards News | FL Awards News | Final shortlists revealed. The Football League. Retrieved on 2012-05-05.
  22. ^ "Norwich City fans' award caps season for Grant Holt". BBC Sport. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  23. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (13 August 2011). "Wigan 1–1 Norwich". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  24. ^ Chelsea 3 – 1 Norwich, BBC Sport, 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2011-08-27.
  25. ^ Grant Holt – My Norwich City achievements will take some time to sink in, Eastern Daily Press, 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2012-05-14.
  26. ^ "New Hall of Fame Inductees". Norwich City F.C. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  27. ^ "Norwich City pair appeal for England calls". BBC Sport. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  28. ^ "Holt requests transfer". ESPN. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  29. ^ "BBC Sport – Striker Grant Holt agrees new Norwich contract". BBC Sport. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  30. ^ "Grant Holt signs new deal with Norwich City". The Times Of India. 3 July 2012. 
  31. ^ "Grant Holt: Wigan Athletic sign Norwich striker on three-year deal". BBC Sport. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  32. ^ "Holt hoping to boost Villa after completing loan move". Aston Villa FC. 14 January 2014. 
  33. ^ "Grant Holt vows to silence critics after loan move to Aston Villa". Guardian. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 

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