Craig Holden

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For the educator, see Craig W. Holden.
Craig Holden
Personal information
Date of birth (1957-08-14) 14 August 1957 (age 57)
Place of birth Western Australia
Draft 5th overall, 1981 Interstate Draft, North Melbourne
Height/Weight 178 cm, 80 kg[1]
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
Swan Districts (WAFL)
North Melbourne (VFL)
Sydney Swans (VFL)
29 0(2)
80 (22)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1988 season.
Career highlights
  • WA State Team 1981, 1984, 1985, 1987
  • All Australian Team 1987
  • Jack Clarke Medal (Medallists Medal) 1975

Craig Holden (born 14 August 1957) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the AFL for the Sydney Swans Football Club and North Melbourne Football Club and in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) playing for the Swan Districts Football Club.

After winning the Jack Clarke Medal (called the Medallists' Medal at the time) in 1975 playing for Swan Districts colts, he made his league debut in 1976.

In 1984 Holden played in the international hybrid game against Ireland, the series was remembered as being a particularly physical encounter, and Holden was grabbed by the throat by the umpire.[2]

During his career Holden played a total of 211 senior games and was selected in the Swan Districts Team of the Century as an interchange player.

After retiring Craig Holden remained involved in Football and was the Sydney Swans Development Manager and a match committee member. He was honoured with life membership of the Sydney Swans in 2006.[3]


  1. ^ "AFL Tables -Craig Holden". 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  2. ^ "Aussie Rules International – The Irish Experiment – Fierce But Friendly". 1999. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  3. ^ "AFL News – Goodes wins Best and Fairest". 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-05.