Andy Holden

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Andy Holden
Personal information
Full name Andrew Ian Holden
Date of birth (1962-09-14) 14 September 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Flint, Flintshire, Wales
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Hibernian (assistant coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
c.1981-1983 Rhyl
1983–1986 Chester City 100 (16)
1986–1989 Wigan Athletic 49 (4)
1989–1995 Oldham Athletic 22 (4)
National team
1984 Wales 1 (0)
1984 Wales U21s 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Andy Holden (born 14 September 1962 in Flint, Flintshire, Wales) is a Welsh former football player. He had playing careers at Chester City, Wigan and Oldham Athletic and was a long-serving coach at Everton between 1994 and 2013. He was a strong and powerful defender and was capped by Wales once at both full and under-21 level in 1984. He was appointed assistant coach at Hibernian in July 2014.


Holden's full appearance for Wales as a substitute against Israel at the end of the 1983–84 season was remarkable as a year earlier he had been playing non-league football for Rhyl and his new Chester City team had comfortably finished bottom of Division Four. However, Holden had stood out in a poor side and he would retain his player of the season accolade the following campaign. He had made his Football League debut on 27 August 1983 for Chester in a 1–1 draw with Northampton Town.

Unfortunately, club captain Holden became dogged by injuries and he rarely featured in Chester's 1985–86 promotion campaign. He joined Wigan for £50,000 in October 1986 at a time when Chester were suffering a financial crisis and facing a winding up order.[1] He left Chester after making exactly 100 Football League appearances for them in three and a half years, when he bagged 16 goals - an impressive strike rate for a central defender thanks to his penalty taking and ability to head in set-pieces.

Holden continued to impress at Wigan and this led to a transfer to Oldham Athletic in January 1989. Despite spending several years at Boundary Park, Holden played just 22 league games due to his ongoing injury problems and had to watch on from the sidelines as his team-mates played in the top-flight from 1991 to 1994 and reached the Littlewoods Cup final in 1990. However, he did play in both enthralling FA Cup semi-finals for Oldham against Manchester United, as the Latics took their illustrious opponents to extra-time in the replay before losing 2–1. His final game was a substitute appearance for Oldham was in a 2–1 defeat by Middlesbrough in November 1994, shortly before he followed manager Joe Royle to Everton as part of the coaching staff.

He has survived several managerial changes to become a trusted part of the backroom team at Goodison Park, with his matchday role having become more prominent since the departure of assistant manager Alan Irvine to Preston North End. He departed Everton in July 2013.[2] He was appointed assistant coach at Hibernian in July 2014.[3]


Chester City

Oldham Athletic


  1. ^ Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885–1997. p. 103. ISBN 1-874427-52-6. 
  2. ^ "Holden out at Everton". Sports Direct News. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Hibernian bring in Andy Holden as new assistant coach, BBC Sport.

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