Dean Holden

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Dean Holden
Personal information
Full name Dean Thomas John Holden[1]
Date of birth (1979-09-15) 15 September 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Swinton, England[2]
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Bolton Wanderers 13 (1)
2001 Valur (loan) 7 (0)
2001–2002 Oldham Athletic (loan) 23 (2)
2002–2005 Oldham Athletic 85 (8)
2005–2007 Peterborough United 56 (4)
2007–2009 Falkirk 48 (2)
2009–2011 Shrewsbury Town 50 (0)
2010 Rotherham United (loan) 6 (0)
2011–2012 Chesterfield 31 (3)
2011–2012 Rochdale (loan) 7 (0)
2012 Rochdale 14 (0)
2012–2014 Walsall 29 (2)
Total 369 (22)
Teams managed
2015 Oldham Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Dean Thomas John Holden (born 15 September 1979) is an English former footballer who is currently a coach at Bristol City He was previously manager of Oldham Athletic following the departure of manager Lee Johnson in 2015.

During a career which began at Bolton Wanderers in 1998 and ended with a two-year stint at Walsall from 2012 to 2014, Holden was a defender who was comfortable playing at right-back and centre-back. Over that sixteen-year period, he amassed 369 league appearances in representing ten clubs, scoring 22 goals.


Born in Swinton, Greater Manchester, Holden started his career with Bolton Wanderers where he made 13 league appearances and scored once against Sheffield United,[3] before moving on to Oldham Athletic after a successful loan period.

After over 100 first-team appearances for Oldham he joined Peterborough United in 2005. He was made captain but, with his contract close to expiry, he was transferred to Falkirk on 1 January 2007 for an undisclosed fee.[4]

On 27 January 2008, Holden suffered a broken leg, after a late tackle by Celtic's Stephen McManus, during Falkirk's 1–0 home defeat,[5] leaving him out of action until October.

Holden signed a two-year contract with Shrewsbury Town on 26 June 2009. On 5 August 2010 Holden signed on loan at Rotherham United,[6] initially for only one month but this was extended twice until he was recalled early by Shrewsbury on 20 October.[7] On 31 January 2011, Holden had his contract cancelled by mutual agreement[8] and he became a free agent.

Chesterfield signed Holden on 3 February 2011 in a short-term contract until the end of the season.[9] Holden then signed a new one-year deal with Chesterfield on 18 May 2011.[10]

On 3 November 2011, Holden joined Rochdale on loan until January 2012. In January 2012, Holden made his loan switch permanent on a six-month contract. In May 2012, Holden was released from Rochdale after being told his contract would not be renewed.[11]

On 16 July 2012, Dean Holden signed a one-year deal at League One side Walsall.[12]

On 14 November 2014, Holden left Walsall to join former club Oldham Athletic as first-team coach.[13]

On 17 March 2015, after a spell as caretaker manager, Holden became full-time manager at Oldham Athletic. [14]




Despite his English birth and having played for the England youth team, Holden qualifies to represent Northern Ireland through his grandparents, and was called up to their full squad for the first time in June 2007.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In June 2006, Holden married television presenter Danielle Nicholls. They live in Worsley and have four children. In 2012 their youngest child died after contracting meningococcal sepsis, while the family were on holiday in Lanzarote.[16]


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 294. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 455. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "Bolton strike late to deny Blades". BBC. 6 May 2001. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Source: BBC Sport (English)
  5. ^ "Falkirk manager backs injured Holden" BBC Sport website
  6. ^ "Deano Goes Out". Shrewsbury Town FC official website. 5 August 2010. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Deano Recalled". Shrewsbury Town FC official website. 21 October 2010. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Deano Moves On" Shrewsbury Town official website
  9. ^ "Spireite Line-Up". Chesterfield FC official website. 6 February 2011. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Lee and Holden agree new Chesterfield deals" BBC Sport website, 18 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Coleman to make big changes" SkySports website, 10 May 2012. Retrieved on 12 May 2012.
  12. ^ "Cuvelier and Holden join Walsall" BBC Sport website, 16 July 2012. Retrieved on 16 July 2012.
  13. ^ "Dean Holden: Oldham Athletic bring back Walsall man as coach" BBC Sport website, 14 November 2014. Retrieved on 14 November 2014.
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  15. ^ "Holden called up by Northern Ireland" Falkirk official website
  16. ^ "Walsall defender Dean Holden driven by family heartache". BBC Sport. 

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