Micky Holmes

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Micky Holmes
Personal information
Full name Michael Arthur Holmes
Date of birth (1965-09-09) 9 September 1965 (age 51)
Place of birth Bradford, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Oadby Town (co-manager)
Youth career
Yeadon Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 Bradford City 5 (0)
1985–1988 Wolverhampton Wanderers 83 (13)
1988 Huddersfield Town 7 (0)
1989 Cambridge United 11 (0)
1989–1990 Rochdale 55 (7)
1990–1991 Torquay United 40 (3)
1991–1993 Carlisle United 34 (4)
1993 Northampton Town 6 (0)
Wisbech Town
Teams managed

Oadby Town

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

Michael Arthur "Micky" Holmes (born 9 September 1965 in Bradford) is a professional footballer who played as a midfielder in the Football League for eight teams during the 1980s and 1990s.[2]


Holmes began his professional career when he joined Bradford City his home town team on a non-contract basis, making his league debut during the 1984–85 season.[2] After only a handful of appearances at Valley Parade, he moved on to Wolverhampton Wanderers in November 1985. He made his Wolves' debut on 30 November 1985 in a 1–1 draw at Cardiff City.[3]

The midfielder became a regular player at Molineux, but could not halt relegation to the fourth tier. The 1986–87 season proved his best with the club as he played in a majority of the games, helping them to the play-offs.[4] He scored eight times during the campaign – all coming in a nine-match hot streak.[5] Several new signings in the close season meant Holmes' second season didn't offer as much playing time, but he still managed 30 appearances in all competitions as the club lifted the Fourth Division championship.[6] He also played in every game in their success in the Football League Trophy.[7][8]

He was released in summer 1988, whereupon he joined Huddersfield Town in a short-lived move. He ended the season with an equally swift stay at Cambridge United, before signing for Rochdale.[9] His spell there saw the club reach the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history,[10] but after making over 60 appearances, he moved on again, signing for Torquay United, then Carlisle United and Northampton Town, but his professional career was ended at the age of 29 by a back injury sustained in a car crash.[2][8] He then moved into non-league football with Wisbech Town.[2]

After spending several years in the pub trade, as a representative and running a pub-restaurant, Holmes and wife Bernadette run a sandwich shop in Leicester. He combines the role with coaching football at Leicester College,[11] and is also co-manager, alongside former Leicester City player Matt Elliott, of Oadby Town in the Midland Alliance.[12]


  1. ^ Rollin, Jack, ed. (1990). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1990–91. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 460. ISBN 0-356-17911-7. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Micky Holmes". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club Team Details: 1985–1986". Wolves-Stats.co.uk. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club Team Details: 1986–1987". Wolves-Stats.co.uk. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club The Results: 1986–1987". Wolves-Stats.co.uk. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club General Stats: 1987–1988". Wolves-Stats.co.uk. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club Team Details: 1987–1988". Wolves-Stats.co.uk. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Sherpa men: Where are they now?". Express and Star. 26 September 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  9. ^ "Former Player News". Cambridge United F.C. 11 December 2007. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  10. ^ Rothmans Football Yearbook 1990–91. p. 41. 
  11. ^ "Micky's New Roll". Wolves Heroes. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  12. ^ "Elliott Coup For Oadby". NonLeague Daily. 14 June 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 

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