England Football Online
Players Index Page Last Updated
14 June 2023

John Hollins

Chelsea FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 2: A 0
100% successful


disciplined: none
minutes played:


  John William Hollins MBE
Birth Tuesday, 16 July 1946 in Guildford, Surrey.
  registered in Surrey South Western July-September 1946.
Education Attended Park Barn Secondary School, Guildford
Marriage to Linda K. Barnes, on Sunday, 31 March 1968 at Bexley Church, Kent
  registered in Bexley January-March 1968.
Children John and Linda had two children together, Elizabeth and Christopher (b.20 March 1971)
Death Wednesday, 14 June 2023.
aged 76 years 333 days living at Smith Terrace, Chelsea, at the time of his death


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Hollins began his footballing career playing with Guildford Schhols, before he joined Chelsea FC as an amateur player and signed a professional contract in July 1963 and became a regular and eventually club captain and remained until the club he was transfer listed by Eddie McCreadie in 1975, joining Queen's Park Rangers FC ion 4 July 1975 for £80,000, despite interest from Coventry City FC and Birmingham City FC when talks broke down. After committing his future to the Loftus Road club on 3 July 1979, Hollins moved to Arsenal FC for £75,000, choosing them  over Norwich City FC and Luton Town FC a day later. After considering the manager's job at Colchester United FC, but he chose a return to Stamford Bridge as player-coach and captain in on 23 May 1983 on a free transfer, before hanging up his playing boots at the end of the 1983-84 season. Returned to playing for one match in February 1989 for Cobh Ramblers FC.

League honours
736+7 appearances 62 goals
Chelsea FC 1964-75 436 appearances 47 goals
debut: 4 March 1964 Stoke City FC 2 Chelsea FC 0
Queen's Park Rangers FC 1975-79 148+three appearances six goals
debut: 16 August 1975 Queen's Park Rangers FC 2 Liverpool FC 0.
Arsenal FC 1979-83 123+four appearances eight goals
debut: (sub) 18 August 1979 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 0 Arsenal FC 4,
Chelsea FC 1983-84 29 appearances one goal
debut: 27 August 1983 Chelsea FC 5 Derby County FC 0.
last: 12 May 1984 Grimsby Town FC 0 Chelsea FC 1.

Club honours
Football League Division One third place 1964-65 (41ᵃ, 2ᵍ), 1969-70 (42ᵃ, 6ᵍ), 1980-81 (38ᵃ, 4ᵍ), runners-up 1975-76 (30ᵃ, 1ᵍ), Division Two winners 1983-84 (29ᵃ, 1ᵍ);
Football League Cup winners
1964-65, runners-up 1971-72;
FA Cup runners-up 1966-67 (7ᵃ), 1979-80 (2ᵃ), winners 1969-70 (8ᵃ, 1ᵍ);
FA Charity Shield
runners-up 1970, 1979;
European Cup Winners' Cup winners 1970-71, runners-up 1979-80
Individual honours Football League (three appearances)
Chelsea FC Player of the Year
1969-70, 1970-71;
Arsenal FC Player of the Year
Awarded the MBE
11 June 1982;
PFA Player of the Season
nominee 1982-83;
Rothman's Football Year Book Player of the season
Distinctions Completed 167 consecutive appearances for Chelsea FC, a club record.
His son, Chris, has carved out a successful media career after playing first class cricket.
His brother, David, was a goalkeeper for Brighton & Hove Albion FC, Newcastle United FC, Mansfield Town FC, Nottingham Forest FC, Aldershot FC, and Wales
, 1962-66.
Height/Weight 5' 7½", 11st. 5lbs [1967].


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

Management Career

Club(s) Hollins became a player-coach at Stamford Bridge on 23 May 1983, but only played in the immediate season. He took over the reigns at Chelsea FC on 11 June 1985 after John Neal retired, and remained until he left 'by mutual consent' on 22 March 1988. Returned to coaching in 1993, at Queen's Park Rangers, stepping in as caretaker-manager in November 1997. Was manager at Swansea City FC in July 1998-September 2001, then Rochdale AFC in December 2001, and sacked by fax machine on 14 May 2002. At Stockport County FC in September-October 2003 as a caretaker, taking on the role in a permanent capacity in 2004. Was also an assistant at Raith Rovers FC in 2004. Crawley Town FC manager from 12 November 2005-30 October 2006. Lost out to Roberto Martínez for the Swansea City FC vacancy in 2007. Weymouth AFC in 13 November 2008, until his sacking on 3 December.
League honours
P 292 W 106 D 87 L 99
Football League Division One best, sixth place 1985-86;
FA Cup best fourth round, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1998-99
Club honours Full-Members Cup winners 1985-86;
Football League Division Three winners 1999-2000;
Individual honours Football League Division Three Manager of the Year 1999-2000;

England Career

Player number 847th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left
Only match No. 414, 24 May 1967, England 2 Spain 0, an end-of-season friendly match at The Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 20 years 312 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1966 (standby), 1970 (reserve);
Team honours None
Individual honours England B (five appearances, 1ᵍ, May-June 1978)
Distinctions None

Youth Career

Youth tournaments UEFA Youth Tournament 1964
Youth honours UEFA Youth Tournament winners 1964
Individual honours Under 23 (twelve appearances, 2ᵃ 1ᶜ November 1964-May 1968; three appearances, 1ᵃ 2ᶜ as Young England April 1965-April 1969);
Under 18 (six appearances, February-May 1964)
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Set up his own sports promotion and agency company after his sacking at Stamford Bridge. Was a BBC Radio Five Live pundit from 2005. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.135.

The Numbers
Squads Appearances comp. apps starts substitute unused minutes
4+ 1 0 1 0 ▲0
0 90 none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2 0 100 +1
His only match was a friendly match, played at a home venue and in a white shirt

Match History

Age 17 youth  
six appearances - Spain February 1964, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Austria, Portugal & Spain May 1965;
Age 18 under 23  
four appearances - Wales November 1964, England (as part of the Young England side) April 1965, Czechoslovakia May 1965, Austria June 1965;

Age 19    
two appearances - France & Yugoslavia November 1965;

 Club: Chelsea F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) manager: Alf Ramsey - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 20  
Alf Ramsey named his provisional list of forty players on April 7. He then named a provisional squad of 28 on 6 May to attend Lilleshall. John Hollins was one of the twelve cut, but asked to remain on standby.

under 23  
three appearances - Wales October 1966, Scotland March 1967, Austria May 1967;

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

1 414 24 May 1967 - England 2 Spain 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley

HW   11

the 847th player to appear for England
the 26th Chelsea FC player to represent England

415 27 May 1967 - Austria 0 England 1, Praterstadion, Wien   AW squad member

Age 21 under 23  
three appearances - Wales November 1967, Italy December 1967, Scotlandᶜ February 1968;
419 24 February 1968 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC/ ECP AD withdrawn
training member

under 23  
two appearances - Hungary & Englandᶜ (as part of the Young England team) May 1968;

Age 22    
one appearance - Englandᶜ (as part of the Young England team) April 1969;

Age 23  
On 25 March 1970, Sir Alf Ramsey announced a 28-man provisional squad to take to Mexico. Sir Alf named a further twelve reserves, who were inoculated and received medical certificates for one simple reason; any one of them could be called in an emergency. Those given 'reserve' status included John Hollins.

Age 24
451 21 April 1971 - England 3 Greece 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley ECP HW unused sub 16

Age 26
466 24 January 1973 - England 1 Wales 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley WCP HD squad member

 Club: Queen's Park Rangers F.C. - no full appearances manager: Ron Greenwood - no full appearancesx

Age 31 B  
five appearances - Malaysia A, New Zealand A (three times) & Singapore A May-June 1978;