Mel Holden

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Mel Holden
Personal information
Full name Melville George Holden
Date of birth (1954-08-25)25 August 1954
Place of birth Dundee, Scotland
Date of death 1981 (aged 26–27)
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Preston North End
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1975 Preston North End 72 (22)
1975–1978 Sunderland 73 (23)
1978 Blackpool 3 (0)
1978–1979 PEC Zwolle 10 (0)
Total 158 (45)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Melville George "Mel" Holden (25 August 1954 – 1981) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a forward. Active in both England and the Netherlands, Holden made nearly 150 career League appearances, scoring nearly 50 goals.


Born in Dundee, Holden played for the youth team of Preston North End, and made his senior debut in 1972. He later played for Sunderland and Blackpool, before moving to the Netherlands to play with PEC Zwolle.[1][2]

Later life and death[edit]

Holden died of motor neurone disease in early 1981, aged 26; the illness had forced his retirement from playing some two years previously. After his death, Preston player Peter Litchfield donated £1,000 he had received for winning a Man of the Match award to a motor neurone charity.[3]


  1. ^ "Mel Holden profile". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Profile" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  3. ^ "An Iron And A White". Preston North End Mad. Retrieved 1 October 2010.