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Johnny Holt

Everton FC, Reading FC

10 appearances, 0 goals

P 10 W 8 D 2 L 0 F 29: A 10
90% successful

1889-1900

captain: none
minutes played:
900

Timeline

  John Holt
Birth Tuesday, 16 October 1866 at 3 Hope Street in Blackburn, Lancashire [registered in Blackburn, December 1866].
I am now convinced that 10 April 1865 is the incorrect date.... after going through all the census details and interviews regarding Holt... the correct Holt was the one registered in Blackburn December 1866, and his correct date of birth comes straight from his birth certifiacte.
 

According to the 1871 census, John is the second of four children to Thomas and Susan (née Ditchfield) and they live at 32 Park Road in Blackburn, His father is a stone mason.

  According to the 1881 census, John is now also a stone mason like his father, still at home with his parents, now at 7 Alexandra Road in Blackburn. He now has three younger brothers.
  According to the 1891 census, John, still a stone-cutter, now lives at 17 Mill Hall Lane in Church with four of his brothers, his widowed mother and his widowed grandmother.
However, on the night of this census, John was visiting next door, number 19, the home of Henry and Elizabeth Green, along with his cousin, William Ditchfield.
His father had died in July 1888, aged just 44 (as confirmed by Holt in a later interview).

According to passenger lists, John Holt is a footballer, leaving Liverpool on the Yorkshire bound for Quebec and Montreal on 21 April 1898.
According to the 1901 census, John is boarding with the family of his wife-to-be, the Bodles's. William & Emily live at The White Eagle, 344 Oxford Road in Reading with Thomasine. Blackburn-born John is stated as being a pawnbroker & jeweller, and he gives an age of 30.

Marriage to Thomasine Agnes Elizabeth Bodle (b.25 August 1877), on Monday, 22 April 1901 at St. George's Church in Tilehurst, Reading[registered in Reading, June 1901].
"HOLT—BODLE.—On the 22nd inst., at St. George's Church, Tilehurst, Reading, by the Rev. W. H. Harper, Vicar, John Holt, eldest son of the late Thomas Holt, of Blackburn, to Thomasine A. E. Bodle, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Bodle, of 344, Oxford-road, Reading'" - Reading Mercury, Oxford Gazette, Newbury Herald, and Bers County Paper, Saturday, 27 April 1901
"The marriage was solemnized on Monday at St. George's Church, Reading, of Mr. John Holt (the well known International half-back) and Miss Thomasine A. E. Bodle, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Bodle, of Oxford Road, Reading. The wedding was a quiet one, owing to the absence of the bride's brother at the front. The Rev. W. H. Harper, Vicar, officiated, and the bride, who was given away by her father, was attended by her cousin, Miss Minnie Wix, as bridesmaid. Mr. Edgar Wix (cousin) was 'best man.; The honeymoon is being spent in London." - The Berkshire Chronicle, Saturday, 27 April 1901.
 

According to the Berkshire Electoral Registers for 1905, John was living at 7 The Grove in Reading, by 1910, he was living at 309 London Road, both with a qualifying property at St. John's Hill (the business address for Humphries & Holt).

According to the 1911 census, John is married to Thomasine Agnes, with one son, Douglas William (b.9 May 1903). John is a mineral water manufacturer, and they live at 309 London Road in Reading.

 

According to the Berkshire Electoral Registers, in 1920-30, John was now living at 142 London Road, still with a property at 7-9 St. John's Hill.
By 1935, John and Thomasine were living at 228 Tilehurst Road in Reading.

Death Saturday, 18 December 1937, at Brighton County Mental Hospital, Haywards Heath, Sussex, aged 71 years 63 days [registered in Cuckfield, December 1937].
  According to the 1939 register, Thomasine A., now a widow, lives with her married son, Douglas W., who is a telegraphic cable installer. They live at Ebor, Leatherhead Road in the Ashtead area of Leatherhead, Surrey.
Probate "HOLT John of the Brighton County Borough Mental Hospital Haywards Heath Sussex died 18 December 1937 Probate London 8 February to Thomasine Agnes Elizabeth Holt  widow.
Effects £547 4s."

Source

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

Playing Career

Club(s) Started his football playing in Blackburn for King's Own FC, and from there, assisted Church FC in Accrington. He then spent two seasons with Blackpool St. John's FC, from 1884, and another two seasons with Bootle FC. After playing a benefit match on the Anfield ground (between Mr. Sudell's team and a combined Everton, Bootle & Stanley FCs) on 26 May 1888, he signed for Everton FC in a Wrexham hostelry, in July. Eventually, he was then appointed as the club captain. Then after ten seasons, Holt wanted to leave Everton FC, and in April 1898, he emigrated to Canada, but the Goodison Park club retained his registration and would not allow him to leave until the £300 transfer fee was met. Within months, Holt had been repatriated into England.
"JOHN HOLT AND THE EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB.—A few days ago it was announced that the renowned half-back had been secured by Glasgow [Rangers] club, Holt's renumeration being £6 10s. weekly, all the year round. Holt has not yet signed for any club, and is unwilling to do so, unless Everton reduce his transfer fee to £50. The Goodison Park officials want £350 before they release Holt, a prohibitive sum altogether. Holt says it makes him recoil to think that he would be sold at the price named by Everton to any club." - Sporting Life, Saturday, 20 August 1898
 
"John Holt, of Everton, applied for his transfer to New Brighton, but the [Football League Management] committee decided that they would not consider any transfers to New Brighton until they had completed those of McEleny and Milward." - Nottingham Daily Express/Edinburgh Evening News, Saturday, 10 September 1898
"It cost Everton nothing to secure my services. I played for them for nine years, and then when I wished to make a change they asked £300 for my transfer. This practically barred me from playing in the north, for naturally a man could not be worth that to any club after having played so long. I may state that New Brighton offered Everton £135 for my transfer, and Burnley were prepared to pay £200, but neither offer came to anything. Consequently I had to come south out of the reach of transfer fees. Directly I had signed for Reading I received a telegram from Everton to come and meet the secretary of the Clyde Football Club. The two clubs had agreed about my transfer, It had been arranged without my consent, and then it was also too late.." - The Sphere, 2 March 1901.
"John Holt, the International centre half-back, who has been chiefly identified with Everton, has finally severed his connection with the Goodison Park eleven by signing for Reading, a Southern League club." - Sunderland Daily Echo, Wednesday, 5 October 1898
"On Saturday the Reading executive signed on Holt, of Everton, the well-known international. Holt, who is, by the way, 31 years of age, has been residing at his home at Bolton since the close of the last football season, so that he will require about a fortnight or so to get fit. The advisability of signing on such an 'old hand' is extremely doubtful." - The Berkshire Chronicle, Saturday, 8 October 1898.
"Holt joins the Reading Club, which being only a Southern League club, pays no transfer fee, and Everton loses its £300." - Sporting Life, Saturday, 15 October 1898
  Holt retired in 1901. Holt wanted to be reinstated as an amateur on 23 August 1902. His was the only unsuccessful application, the reason for him being turned down was because of him being a prosperous mineral water manufacturer (Messrs. Humphries & Holt dissolved in 1910).
  "At Elm Park this afternoon Reading Reserves played a friendly game with Reading Victoria. Mr. John Holt, who was the referee, got a fine reception from the small number of spectators." - Reading Observer, 8 October 1910
League History
225 appearances, 3 goals
Everton FC 1888-98 225 appearances, three goals.
debut: 8 September 1888 Everton FC 2 Accrington FC 1.
last:11 April 1898 Everton FC 2 Sunderland AFC 0.
Club honours Football League runners-up 1889-90 (21 apps, 1gl), Champions 1890-91 (21, 1gl); Division One runners-up 1894-95 (27);
FA Cup runners-up 1892-93 (7), 1896-97 (5, 1gl);
Individual honours Football League (two appearances)
Distinctions None
Height/Weight barely 5', under 8st. 0lbs [1886]. 5' 4½", 10st. 2lbs [1893].
"[Holt] is a small man, not more than 5ft. 3in. in height, but he is a little wonder." - 1893

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 171st players (171) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-half
First match No. 38, 15 March 1890, Wales 1 England 3, a British Championship match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 23 years 150 days
Last match No. 68, 17 March 1900, Ireland 0 England 2, a British Championship match at Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, aged 33 years 152 days
Major tournaments British Championship 1889-90, 1890-91, 1891-92, 1892-93, 1893-94, 1894-95, 1899-1900;
Team honours British Championship shared 1889-90, winners 1890-91, 1891-92, 1892-93, 1894-95;
Individual honours FA Tour of Germany 1899
Distinctions The second Evertonian to represent England, 35 minutes after Fred Geary.
Died just three days after
Reg Macaulay.

Beyond England

After retiring, he was elected a director of Reading FC, from August 1910. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.136.


The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes Goals captain
12 10 10 900 0 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.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
10 8 2 0 29 10 +19 0 3 2.90 1.00 90.0 +8

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home British Championship 4 4 0 0 14 4 +10 0 1 3.50 1.00 100.0 +4
Away 6 4 2 0 15 6 +9 0 2 2.50 1.00 66.7 +4

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1888-89 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 =0
BC 1889-90 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1890-91 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +2
BC 1891-92 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 0 1 3.00 0.50 100.0 +2
BC 1892-93 1 1 0 0 5 2 +3 0 0 5.00 2.00 100.0 +1
BC 1893-94 2 0 2 0 4 4 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 0.50 =0
BC 1894-95 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 0 1 3.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1899-1900 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 10 8 2 0 29 10 +19 0 3 2.90 1.00 90.0 +8

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 10 8 2 0 29 10 +19 0 3 2.90 1.00 90.0 +8
10 8 2 0 29 10 +19 0 3 2.90 1.00 90.0 +8

Match History

 Club: Everton F.C. - nine full appearances (810 min)

F.A. International Select Committee - ten full appearances (900 min)x

Age 22
36 2 March 1889 - England 6 Ireland 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW reserve
  

Age 23
1 39 15 March 1890 - Wales 1 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW Start ch
  

Age 24
2 42 7 March 1891 - England 4 Wales 1, Newcastle Road, Sunderland BC HW Start ch
3 43 4 April 1891 - England 2 Scotland 1, Ewood Park, Blackburn BC HW Start ch

Age 25
4 44 5 March 1892 - Ireland 0 England 2, Cliftonville Gardens, Belfast BC AW Start ch
5 46 2 April 1892 - Scotland 1 England 4, Ibrox Park, Glasgow BC AW Start ch
  

Age 26
6 49 1 April 1893 - England 5 Scotland 2, Athletic Ground, Richmond BC HW Start ch

Age 27
7 50 3 March 1894 - Ireland 2 England 2, Cliftonville Gardens, Belfast BC AD Start ch
  
8 52 7 April 1894 - Scotland 2 England 2, Celtic Park, Glasgow BC AD Start ch

Age 28
53 9 March 1895 - England 9 Ireland 0, Derbyshire County Cricket Ground, Derby BC HW withdrawn
  
9 55 6 April 1895 - England 3 Scotland 0, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC HW Start ch
  

 Club: Reading F.C. - one full appearances (90 min)  

Age 33
FA Tour of Germany 23 November 1899 - Germany 2 England 13, Athletik-Sportsplatz, Berlin
tour
AW Start
ch
24 November 1899 - Germany 2 England 10, Athletik-Sportsplatz, Berlin AW Start
25 November 1899 - Austria 0 England 8, Stadión Letná, Praha AW Start
28 November 1899 - Germany 0 England 7, Military Exercise Ground, Karlsruhe AW Start
10 68 17 March 1900 - Ireland 0 England 2, Lansdowne Road, Dublin BC AW Start ch
  

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