John Holt (footballer)

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John Holt
Personal information
Full name John Holt
Date of birth (1956-11-21) 21 November 1956 (age 59)
Place of birth Dundee, Scotland
Playing position Full-back (Retired)
Club information
Current team
Montrose (assistant manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–87 Dundee United 269 (17)
1987–88 Dunfermline Athletic 48 (2)
1988–90 Dundee 21 (0)
1990–92 Forfar Athletic 51 (0)
1992–93 Deveronvale
1993–94 Montrose 1 (0)
Teams managed
1992–93 Deveronvale
1993–94 Montrose
2007-08 Celtic Women

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

† Appearances (goals)

John Holt (born 21 November 1956) is a Scottish football coach and retired footballer, who is assistant manager of Montrose. Playing primarily as a full-back, he began his career with Dundee United, where he made more than 400 appearances between 1974 and 1987. Holt won three major domestic trophies with the club, the Scottish League Cup in 1979 and 1980 and the Premier Division title in 1983, as well as appearing in the 1987 UEFA Cup Final. He also played for Dunfermline Athletic, Dundee and Forfar Athletic before becoming player-manager at Deveronvale and then Montrose. He has also managed Celtic Ladies as well as holding coaching roles at Forfar, Dundee and Dundee United.

Playing career[edit]


Dundee-born Holt played his part in all of Dundee United's successes in the 1980s, breaking into the first team in 1974 along with the likes of David Narey and Andy Gray, and made regular appearances in midfield or defence for the club until 1987, when he left for Dunfermline. He also played for Dundee and Forfar Athletic.

Coaching career[edit]

Holt became player-manager of Deveronvale and then Montrose. He returned to Dundee United in the mid-1990s and spent several years in many coaching roles, before leaving in 2003 when Ian McCall was appointed manager. Holt went on to become a scout for Celtic, operating in the Dundee area, before joining Dundee as youth development coach. In May 2012, Holt moved on to take an academy role at Dundee United.[1] In February 2015, he became assistant manager on a temporary basis until the end of the season at Montrose under manager and former United team-mate Paul Hegarty.[2] After staving off the threat of relegation into the Highland League in a two-leg play-off against Brora Rangers, Holt and Hegarty were offered and accepted their positions on a permanent basis. Both signed two-year deals.[3]



Dundee United


  • JOHN HOLT, Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database