Matty Holmes

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Matty Holmes
Personal information
Full name Matthew Holmes
Date of birth (1969-08-01) 1 August 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth Luton, England
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1986–1987 Bournemouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1992 Bournemouth 114 (8)
1989Cardiff City (loan) 1 (0)
1992–1995 West Ham United 76 (4)
1995–1997 Blackburn Rovers 9 (1)
1997–2000 Charlton Athletic 16 (1)
2000–2004 Dorchester Town 170 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Matthew Holmes (born 1 August 1969) is an English former footballer who went into semi-retirement at the age of 30 due to an injury inflicted by Australian defender Kevin Muscat.

Club career[edit]

Holmes joined Bournemouth in 1986 where he remained until 1992 when he joined West Ham United. The fee was an initial £40,000 rising to £60,000 on appearances.[1] Making his debut on 19 August 1992 in a 2-0 away defeat to Newcastle United [1] Holmes was part of the team which won promotion to the Premier League in season 1992–93. Two seasons in the Premier League followed with West Ham before he joined then Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers in August 1995 for a fee of £1.2m.[1] Holmes played only nine games for Blackburn before being signed by manager Alan Curbishley for Charlton Athletic in July 1997. His professional career was ended on 3 February 1998, whilst playing in an FA Cup fourth round replay against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Holmes was fouled by Wolves player Kevin Muscat causing an injury so severe his surgeon told him that he had been fortunate not to have his leg amputated. He underwent a series of operations to repair his injured leg but was unable to return to top level football. He played only 20 minutes first team football as a substitute in one Cup game in the remaining two and a half years of his contract. In July 2000, Holmes left top-flight professional football and moved to Dorchester Town. [2]

After football[edit]

He now runs a coaching school in the Dorset and Hampshire areas, which is aimed at children between the ages of five and twelve, and works for AFC Bournemouth running centre of excellence age groups 6 - 11 and local development centres.

In 2004, Holmes was awarded £250,000 by the English High court for damages resulting from the tackle by Kevin Muscat.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

He is the nephew of former Middlesbrough, Bolton Wanderers and Arsenal manager Bruce Rioch.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Matt Holmes". 1 August 1969. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Collyer Bristow Solicitors ~ Archive ~ Premiership footballer wins substantial damages for career ending tackle". Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Holmes awarded £250,000". BBC. 23 February 2004. Retrieved 13 September 2008.
  4. ^ Jeffreys, Mark (17 November 2001). "Holmes to sue Muscat". Retrieved 7 September 2011.

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