England Football Online
Page Last Updated 22 July 2012
 
Players Index
 

Bob Holmes

Preston North End FC

7 appearances, 0 goals

P 7 W 6 D 1 L 0 F 11: A 7
93% successful

1888-95

disciplined: none
captaincies:
three
minutes played:
560

Profile

Full name Robert Holmes
Born 23 June 1867 in Preston, Lancashire [registered in Preston, September 1867].

Census Notes

Cannot be found on the 1871 or 1881 census'.

According to the 1891 census, Robert Holmes is a professional footballer lodging with the Yates family at the Graper Inn, 42 Church Street in Preston.

According to the 1901 census, Robert is a licensed victualler and is married to Sarah with one daughter, Margaret. They have two servants. Living at 9 Queen Street in Preston.

According to the 1911 census, Robert is a football trainer, still married with one daughter, and three boarders, two of them Scottish footballers, William Robertson and James Johnston, living at 266 Deepdale Road in Preston.

Married to Margaret Collier [registered in Preston, June 1894].
Died 16 November 1955, aged 88 years 146 days [registered in Preston, December 1955].
Death notes Not 17th November, as most history books state. Two obituaries at the time clearly state the 16th, as pointed out by Ian Rigby, Preston North End's official historian.
Height/Weight 5' 8", 11st 7lbs [1889]

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Began his playing career with Preston Olympic FC, and joined Preston North End FC in 1884, Holmes retired from professional football at the end of the 1899-90 season. Reinstated as an amateur and played the last of his 300 league games on 26th December, 1902, against Manchester City. He was also placed on the Football League referees' list.  He represented Lancashire FA;
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1887-88, FA Cup winners 1888-89; Football League Champions 1888-89, 1889-90;
Individual honours Football League (three appearances);
Distinctions None

Source

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

Management Career

Club(s) Holmes worked as a trainer for Bradford City from May 1904 to 1905, before becoming trainer/manager of Blackburn Rovers in January 1909 until November 1913. He was the designated trainer for England against Wales at Cardiff in 1906 and also the 1908 Continental Tour. Also coached at several public schools.
Club honours Football League champions 1911-12;

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 147th player (148) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half, right/left-back;
First match No. 34, 7 April 1888, Ireland 1 England 5, a British Championship match at Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, aged 20 years 319 days.
Last match No. 53, 9 March 1895, England 9 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Derbyshire County Cricket Ground, Nottingham Road, Derby, aged 27 years 259 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1887-88, 1890-91, 1891-92, 1892-93, 1893-94, 1894-95;
Team honours British Championship winners 1887-88, 1890-91, 1891-92, 1892-93, 1894-95;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Holmes worked as a football coach and in April 1908, he was appointed trainer to the English amateur international team.

Beyond England

In December 1900, Holmes opened a business in Preston town centre. Also played a significant part in the foundation of the Association Footballer's Union, on 22 December 1897, it lasted two years. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.135-6./Spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk

 

Bob Holmes - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
8 7 7 560 0 0 min 0 three 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.

 

Bob Holmes - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 4 4 0 0 22 3 +19 0 2 5.50 0.75 100.0 +4
Away 3 2 1 0 11 4 +7 0 0 3.667 1.333 83.3 +2
All - British Championship 7 6 1 0 11 7 +4 0 2 1.571 1.00 92.9 +6

 

Bob Holmes - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1887-88 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 0 0 5.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1890-91 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1891-92 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1892-93 2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 1 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2
BC 1893-94 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC 1894-95 1 1 0 0 9 0 +9 0 1 9.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC Total 7 6 1 0 11 7 +4 0 2 1.571 1.00 92.9 +6
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC All 7 6 1 0 11 7 +4 0 2 1.571 1.00 92.9 +6
All 7 6 1 0 11 7 +4 0 2 1.571 1.00 92.9 +6

 

Bob Holmes - Match History
 Club: Preston North End F.C. - 7 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 7 full capsx

Age 20
1 32 4 February 1888 - Wales 1 England 5, Recreation Ground, Nantwich Road, Crewe BC AW Start rh
Age 21
- 36 2 March 1889 - England 6 Ireland 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW withdrew
Age 23
2 43 4 April 1891 - England 2 Scotland 1, Ewood Park, Blackburn BC HW Start lb
Age 24
3 46 2 April 1892 - Scotland 1 England 4, Ibrox Park, Copland Road, Glasgow BC AW Start rb
Age 25
4 48 13 March 1893 - England 6 Wales 0, Victoria Ground, Boothen, Stoke-on-Trent BC HW Captain lb
5 49 1 April 1893 - England 5 Scotland 2, Athletic Ground, Kew Foot Road, Richmond, London HW Start rb
Age 26
6 50 3 March 1894 - Ireland 2 England 2, Solitude Ground, Cliftonville, Belfast BC AD Captain
inj. off 20
lb
Age 28
7 53 9 March 1895 - England 9 Ireland 0, Derbyshire County Cricket Ground, Nottingham Road, Derby BC HW Captain lb

Notes

____________________

CG