Pat Holland

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Pat Holland
Personal information
Full name Patrick George Holland
Date of birth (1950-09-13) 13 September 1950 (age 67)
Place of birth Poplar, London, England
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1981 West Ham United 245 (23)
1971Bournemouth (loan) 10 (0)
1977Team Hawaii (loan)[1] 16 (4)
Teams managed
1988–1995 Tottenham Hotspur (Reserves)
1995–1997 Leyton Orient
1997–2006 Tottenham Hotspur (Academy)
2012–2012 Arsenal U18's
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Patrick "Patsy" Holland (born 13 September 1950) is an English former footballer who played for clubs West Ham United, A.F.C. Bournemouth and Team Hawaii. Holland has also coached and scouted for teams such as Leyton Orient, Tottenham Hotspur, Queens Park Rangers and Arsenal.[2][3]


Holland was born in Poplar, London. A midfielder, he made his professional debut for West Ham United in 1969. He became an integral player for the club playing in the team that won the 1975 FA Cup Final.[4] He also played in the European Cup Winners Cup final of 1976, where he scored one of West Ham's goals in a 4–2 loss to Anderlecht.[4]

Holland sustained a knee injury in a game against Notts County on 17 January 1981. Despite this, he earned a winner's medal as West Ham won the Second Division in 1981.[4][2] As a result of his injury he played reserve team football but never again did so for the Hammers' first team. In all Holland made a total of 296 appearances for the East London club.[4][2]

He then joined Leyton Orient as player-coach and later had spells at Queens Park Rangers as reserve team coach, and Orient as youth team coach. In 1988, he became reserve team coach at Tottenham Hotspur.[5] In 1995, he left Spurs to be manager of Leyton Orient, who had just been relegated to Division Three. Despite being heavily backed by the new chairman, Holland presided over the club's low league standing in 1995–96, before being sacked in the wake of a poor start to the 1996–97 season.[2] Subsequently, Holland went back to Spurs to take up the role of a coach within the club's academy.[5]

Holland once again moved on from Tottenham in May 2006 to Millwall, joining as chief scout.[6] He soon afterward[when?] took up the post of the assistant manager to Willie Donachie. Donachie was sacked by Millwall on 8 October 2007 after a start to the 2007–08 season that saw Millwall at the bottom of the League One table.[citation needed] Following the appointment of new Millwall manager, Kenny Jackett Holland left the club.[7]

In July 2009, Holland left his role as scout[8] for MK Dons following the departure of manager Roberto Di Matteo to West Bromwich Albion, and subsequent appointment of Paul Ince.[citation needed]

On 22 August 2012, Holland was appointed as the coach of Arsenal's under-18 team.[9] However, he left his post at the club seven weeks later, citing personal reasons. With this being so, Holland went on working with Arsenal as a scout.[10]


West Ham United[4]


  • Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 100. ISBN 1-903135-50-8. 
  1. ^ "Pat Holland". NASL 
  2. ^ a b c d "On this day 13 September". 
  3. ^ "Team Hawaii". NASL 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Pat Holland". 
  5. ^ a b "PAT ON THE BACK FOR JAMIE". Tottenham 
  6. ^ "Millwall Holdings Report". Millwall Holdings 
  7. ^ "Jackett makes backroom changes". Vital 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "Holland and Ampadu join Arsenal's academy". Archived from the original on 23 August 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Arsenal step up interest in £10 million-rated Ipswich left-back Tyrone Mings". November 10, 2014.