Ricky Holmes

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Ricky Holmes
Personal information
Full name Ricky Lee Holmes[1]
Date of birth (1987-06-19) 19 June 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Rochford, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Northampton Town
Number 26
Youth career
1992–2002 Fairfax Rangers
2002–2004 Southend United
2004–2006 Chelmsford City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Chelmsford City 154 (49)
2010–2013 Barnet 91 (15)
2013–2015 Portsmouth 53 (2)
2015 Northampton Town (loan) 4 (1)
2015– Northampton Town 7 (2)
National team
2008 England C 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:08, 4 March 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:12, 7 August 2010 (UTC)

Ricky Lee Holmes (born 19 June 1987) is an English footballer who plays for Northampton Town as a striker or winger.

Career[edit]

Chelmsford City[edit]

Born in Rochford, Holmes joined Chelmsford City's academy in 2004, after a short spell with Southend United, and made his debut in 2006–07 season, also taking part at the club's impressive run in the FA Cup. He went on to become one of the club's top players, achieving promotion to the Conference South in 2007–08, a season in which he also won the club's player of the year award, scored 16 league goals and received a call-up to the England C national football team. He also was linked with Championship side Crystal Palace. He remained a regular starter for the following two seasons.

Holmes finished 2009–10 as City's top scorer, with 21 goals in the season. However, he was released in May 2010 after City to allowed him to play at a higher level.[2]

Barnet[edit]

On 15 June 2010, Holmes signed a contract with Barnet.[3] He made his debut on 7 August, against Chesterfield.[4] Holmes scored his first goal for Barnet on 20 November, in a 4–1 win over Northampton Town.[5] The 2010–11 season ended prematurely in January for Holmes as he was ruled out for the rest of the season with a foot injury.

The 2011–12 season was more successful for Holmes. Under the management of Edgar Davids, Holmes' position was moved further towards the left wing, where he managed to score 10 goals. During the season, he consolidated his position in Barnet first team, being one of the most consistent performers with his very top work ethic making him a fans' favourite. In an interview with Sky Sports that he believed he was better off playing as a second striker behind Izale McLeod (Bees' topscorer). In 2012–13, he scored a hat-trick on 21 December 2012, in a 3–2 win against Burton Albion.[6] In February 2013, he suffered the same foot injury, and was sidelined for the rest of the season.[7]

After Barnet's relegation, Holmes was linked to a number of clubs, the likes of Portsmouth,[8] Leyton Orient,[9] Gillingham, Burton Albion and Southend United providing competition for his signature.

Portsmouth[edit]

Holmes signed a two-year deal with Portsmouth on 21 June 2013, following the expiry of his contract at Barnet.[10] He made his debut in a 4–1 home defeat to Oxford United on 3 August 2013. On 14 September, Holmes scored his first Pompey goal, in a 2–1 away victory over Burton Albion.[11] Holmes finished the 2013–14 season with 50 assists and received the fans' Player of the Season award.[12]

Northampton[edit]

On 2 January 2015, Holmes joined Northampton on an initial one-month loan deal.[13] On the 27th, after appearing in four matches and scoring once, he signed a two-and-a-half year permanent deal with the club.[14]

International career[edit]

On 5 February 2008, Holmes was named in England C squad for the match against Wales Semi-pro.[15] On the 21st he made his international debut for the side.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 25 January 2015.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup1 Other2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelmsford City 2006–07 39 12 7 2 2 0 2 1 50 15
2007–08 38 16 3 1 2 0 7 4 48 21
2008–09 36 6 1 0 3 0 8 4 48 10
2009–10 41 15 3 1 0 0 12 5 56 21
Subtotal 154 49 14 4 7 0 29 14 204 67
Barnet 2010–11 25 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 29 2
2011–12 41 8 1 0 2 1 4 1 48 10
2012–13 25 5 0 0 1 0 1 0 27 5
Subtotal 91 15 3 0 4 1 6 1 104 17
Portsmouth 2013–14 40 2 1 0 1 0 3 0 45 2
2014–15 13 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 17 0
Subtotal 53 2 3 0 2 0 4 0 62 2
Northampton Town 2014–15 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Career total 302 67 20 4 13 1 39 15 374 87

1 Including matches for Football League Cup, Football Conference League Cup and Isthmian League Cup.

2 Including matches for FA Trophy, Football League Trophy, Football Conference play-offs and Essex Senior Cup.

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

Portsmouth

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain lists & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. May 2013. p. 4. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Chelmsford City release top scorer Ricky Holmes; BBC Sport, 20 May 2010
  3. ^ Barnet sign Ricky Holmes, Glen Southam and Glenn Poole; BBC Sport, 15 June 2010
  4. ^ Chesterfield 2 – 1 Barnet; BBC Sport, 7 August 2010
  5. ^ Barnet 4–1 Northampton; BBC Sport, 20 November 2010
  6. ^ Barnet 3–2 Burton Albion; BBC Sport, 21 December 2012
  7. ^ HOLMES OUT FOR THE SEASON; Barnet FC, 9 February 2013
  8. ^ Pompey chase Holmes; Portsmouth News, 24 May 2013
  9. ^ Orient look in on Holmes; Sky Sports, 16 May 2013
  10. ^ "Pompey complete Holmes signing". Portsmouth FC. 21 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Burton 1–2 Portsmouth; BBC Sport, 14 September 2013
  12. ^ "Pompey 3 Plymouth 3". Portsmouth FC. 3 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Northampton Town: Ricky Holmes and Brendan Moloney join on loan". 2 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Holmes departs Pompey for good". Portsmouth News. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  15. ^ Fairclough names England C squad; BBC Sport, 6 February 2008
  16. ^ Lions slay Welsh dragon; The FA, 21 February 2008

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