Derek Holmes

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Derek Holmes
Personal information
Full name Derek Holmes[1]
Date of birth (1978-10-11) 11 October 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth Lanark, Scotland
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1995–1997 Heart of Midlothian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Heart of Midlothian 8 (1)
1997–1998 Cowdenbeath (loan) 13 (5)
1999 Raith Rovers (loan) 14 (6)
1999–2001 Ross County 58 (14)
2001 Bournemouth (loan) 15 (2)
2001–2005 Bournemouth 101 (14)
2005–2007 Carlisle United 92 (15)
2007–2008 Rotherham United 37 (11)
2008–2009 St Johnstone 35 (5)
2009–2011 Queen of the South 66 (14)
2011–2012 Airdrie United 32 (4)
2012–2013 Arbroath 33 (8)
2013 East Fife 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:06, 15 January 2014 (UTC).

Derek Holmes (born 11 October 1978) is a Scottish footballer, who played for Heart of Midlothian, Cowdenbeath, Raith Rovers, Ross County, Bournemouth, Carlisle United, Rotherham United, St Johnstone, Queen of the South, Airdrie United, Arbroath and East Fife.

Playing career[edit]


Holmes who was born in Lanark,[2] started his career in 1995 when he signed for Scottish outfit Hearts. Holmes made his first team debut on 10 May 1997. This was when he started in the 3–1 home win against champions Rangers in the last game of the league season. Holmes spent three months of the following season on loan at Cowdenbeath.[3]

After the Cowdenbeath loan, Holmes started the following season in the Hearts first team squad. Among the games he played in were the home and away ties against Real Mallorca in the European Cup Winners' Cup and a 2–1 win against Celtic. After New Year, now aged 21, he was loaned out to Raith Rovers for the rest of the season.[3]

Early in season 1999/2000 Ross County made a £50000 bid for Holmes. Told by manager Jim Jefferies that it was up to himself if he wanted to stay at Hearts or transfer to Ross County, Holmes took the decision to move to the Dingwall club.[4]

Ross County[edit]

In 1999, Holmes left Hearts and joined Ross County where he spent two seasons, achieving some success by consistently getting on the scoresheet. At the end of his first season in Dingwall, Holmes and his team mates earned a promotion spot from the Scottish Second Division. County cemented their first division status in Holmes' second season by finishing comfortably in mid table.[5]


After a brief loan spell with Bournemouth making his debut on 15 September 2001, he joined them on a permanent deal. Holmes enjoyed another promotion campaign when in his second season on the South coast – promotion was achieved to the third tier of English football. Bournemouth stayed at this level for the remainder of Holmes spell there. During his four-year spell with Bournemouth, Holmes was occasionally used as a midfielder. In 2005 he made his 100th and last league appearance for the club.[3]

Carlisle United[edit]

Holmes joined Carlisle United shortly afterwards. He debuted on 26 February 2005. Holmes added to his list of promotion successes with two in his three campaigns in Cumbria, the first of which was as divisional champions.[3]

Rotherham United[edit]

After the end of the 2006–07 season, he joined Football League Two side Rotherham United. Holmes made an immediate impression for his new club by scoring a double against Peterborough. He scored the first league hat-trick of his career against Lincoln City in January 2008.[3]

Holmes had a change of fortune in his promotion campaigns when at the club. Rotherham were placed second before going into administration after which the campaign subsided.[4]

St Johnstone[edit]

In July 2008, Holmes completed a free transfer move to Scottish First Division side St Johnstone on a one-year deal.[6] Holmes helped Saints to the First Division championship and promotion to the Scottish Premier League in his only season at the club.[7] Holmes was offered a new one-year contract by Saints but declined the offer in preference to a two-year offer from elsewhere.[4]

Queen of the South[edit]

Holmes signed a two-year contract with Dumfries club Queen of the South.[7] In the 4–1 win away to Dunfermline on 26 September 2009 that put Queens top of the table, Holmes took on the role of penalty taker in the absence of the injured Steve Tosh.[8] Holmes' three goals away against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 10 October 2009 added up to a 'perfect hat trick' – a goal from each of his head, his left foot and his right foot.[9] This made Holmes the top scorer in the division at this point in the season with seven goals in nine league games. This is an unusual achievement for Holmes whose game is based more on linking forward play and creating chances for team mates as opposed to being a goal grabbing striker. On 7 November 2009, Holmes added another vital goal to his tally, the only score a 1–0 away win to Ayr United to keep Queens top of the table.[10]

In David Lilley's absence through suspension, Holmes deputised as captain for Queens on 6 April 2010 against Ross County, one of his former clubs, at Victoria Park, Dingwall in a 1–1 draw.[11] He did so again on 10 April 2010 at Palmerston Park against Inverness Caley Thistle in a 3–1 defeat.[12]

Holmes ended his first season at Palmerston Park with a league scoring record averaging one goal in every three of his 36 league games.

Among his goals in 2010/11 was his side's second in the Challenge Cup semi final 2–1 win away at Peterhead on 9 October 2010.[13] On 19 May 2011 it was announced that Holmes had been released by the club.[14]

Later career[edit]

Holmes signed for Airdrie United in July 2011, and left after one year, having scored 4 goals in 32 league appearances. [15] Holmes signed for Arbroath on 3 July 2012.[16]


Ross County
Carlisle United
St Johnstone


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