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George Holley

Sunderland AFC

10 appearances, 8 goals

P 10 W 9 D 1 L 0 F 36: A 7
95% successful

1909-14

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
900

Profile

Full name George Holley
name notes No evidence of a middle name.
Born 20 November 1885 in Dawdon, Seaham Harbour, county Durham [registered in Easington, March 1886].

Census Notes

According to the 1891 census, George is the youngest of five children to cockney George and Scotswoman, Catherine. His father is a fireman at the bottle works. They live at 2 Fenwick Row, Dawdon in Seaham Harbour.

According to the 1901 census, George is the youngest of four children still living at home with their parents at 1 Stewart Street in Dawdon. George is a locomotive boilersmith, his father is a glass bottle finisher.

According to the 1911 census, George still lives at home with his parents and two of his older brothers, who are both widows. Along with a nephew and a servant, they all live at 2 Stewart Street in Dawdon. George is a boilersmith journeyman, his father is now a glass bottle maker.

Married to May Lightfoot [registered in Easington, county Durham, June 1911]. They had five children, George (1912), Tom (1913), Ronald (1916), Joyce (1918), Catherine (1921), and George S. (1926).
Died 27 August 1942 in New Cross Hospital, 376 Wolverhampton Road, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, aged 56 years 280 days [registered in Wolverhampton, September 1942]. Living at 447 Cannock Road, Fallings Park. He had been ill for six years.
Funeral held on Tuesday, 1 September.
Height/Weight 5' 6", 10st. 0lbs [1904], 5' 9", 12st. 0lbs [1909].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Began his junior playing career with Seaham Young Villa FC, and afterwards for Seaham Athletic FC, of the Sunderland Juvenile League, and Seaham Villa FC. in the Old Boys' League, for two seasons, ultimately helping them get into the Wearside League. Played for Seaham White Star FC in the 1903-04 season. Joined Sunderland AFC in November 1904. He remained with the Wearside club, completing 281 league appearances, scoring 146 goals, until he joined Brighton & Hove Albion FC on 13 August 1919. He retired in 1920.
Club honours Football League Champions 1912-13; FA Cup runners-up 1912-13;
Individual honours Football League (five appearances); Top Goalscorer Football League Division One (=25, 1911-12);
Distinctions Father of Tom Holley (Barnsley FC, 1932-36 & Leeds United AFC, 1936-48);

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 338th players (340) to appear for England.
Only the tenth county Durhamer to play for England.
Position(s) Inside/outside-left; Inside-left at club level
First match No. 100, 15 March 1909, England 2 Wales 0, a British Championship match at the City Ground, Pavilion Road, Nottingham, aged 23 years 115 days.
Last match No. 116, 5 April 1913 - England 1 Scotland 0, a British Championship match at Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, Fulham, London, aged 27 years 136 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1908-09, 1909-10, 1911-12, 1912-13;
Team honours British Championship winners 1908-09, 1910-11, 1912-13, shared 1911-12;
Individual honours England's Joint-Top Goalscorer (three 1912), FA Tour of South Africa 1910 (including the three tests);
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Once worked as a plater at Messrs. Dickinson's Engine Works in Sunderland. Holley became a very experienced coach/trainer, took up training of players after he hung up his boots. He was appointed trainer to the Sunderland AFC players on 8 January 1921. Wolverhampton Wanderers FC from 21 July 1922 and Barnsley FC from August 1932 until July 1936. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.134/5.

 

George Holley - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
14 10 7 900 8 113 min 4 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

George Holley - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 0 3 1.667 0.00 100.0 +3
Away 7 6 1 0 31 7 +24 0 2 4.429 1.00 92.9 +6
All 10 9 1 0 36 7 +29 0 5 3.60 0.70 95.0 +9

 

George Holley - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 7 6 1 0 16 2 +14 0 5 2.286 0.286 92.9 +6
Friendly 3 3 0 0 20 5 +15 0 0 6.667 1.667 100.0 +3
All 10 9 1 0 36 7 +29 0 5 3.60 0.70 95.0 +9

 

George Holley - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1908-09 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 0 2 2.00 0.00 100.0 +2
BC 1909-10 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1911-12 3 2 1 0 9 2 +7 0 1 3.00 0.667 83.3 +2
BC 1912-13 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 7 6 1 0 16 2 +14 0 5 2.286 0.286 92.9 +6
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 7 6 1 0 16 2 +14 0 5 2.286 0.286 92.9 +6
All 7 6 1 0 16 2 +14 0 5 2.286 0.286 92.9 +6

 

George Holley - Match History
 Club: Sunderland A.F.C. - 10 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 10 full capsx

Age 23
1 100 15 March 1909 - England 2 Wales 0, City Ground, Nottingham BC HW Start 15 il
2 101 3 April 1909 - England 2 Scotland 0, Sports Arena, Penge HW Start il
3 102 29 May 1909 - Hungary 2 England 4, Millenáris Sportpálya, Buda-Pesth tour AW Start il
4 103 31 May 1909 - Hungary 2 England 8, Millenáris Sportpálya, Buda-Pesth AW Start il
5 104 1 June 1909 - Austria 1 England 8, Hohe Warte Stadion, Wien AW Start il
Age 24
6 106 14 March 1910 - Wales 0 England 2, Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff BC AW Start il
FA Tour of South Africa 29 June 1910 - South Africa 0 England 3, Durban, Natal Province tour AW Start il
23 July 1910 - South Africa 2 England 6, Wanderers Ground, Johannesburg AW Start 65 il
30 July 1910 - England 3 England 6, Cape Town, Cape Province AW Start
20, 82
il
Age 25
- 109 13 March 1911 - England 3 Wales 0, The Den, New Cross BC HW reserve
- 110 1 April 1911 - England 1 Scotland 1, Goodison Park, Liverpool HD reserve
Age 26
7 111 10 February 1912 - Ireland 1 England 6, Dalymount Park, Dublin BC AW Start 70 il
8 112 11 March 1912 - Wales 0 England 2, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW Start 2 il
9 113 23 March 1912 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow AD Start 13 il
Age 27
- 115 17 March 1913 - England 4 Wales 3, Ashton Gate, Bristol BC HW withdrew
10 116 5 April 1913 England 1 Scotland 0, Stamford Bridge, Fulham HW Start il
Age 28
- 117 14 February 1914 - England 0 Ireland 3, Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough BC HL reserve

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