By Rick Holden
Rick Holden and the tale of his 'minging' existence isn't just a story approximately soccer lifestyles, yet extra a story of existence and soccer. in the course of his classical rugby-playing grammar university schooling, he was once continually informed that he had left it too past due to make it in specialist soccer, yet he had trust in his personal skills. He overcame these stumbling blocks and life's difficulties, and he did it with a grin on his face.
Rick’s upward thrust from the Fourth department with Halifax to enjoying within the First department the next week with Watford was once meteoric. His autobiography starts at Burnley and covers his strikes to Oldham Athletic, Manchester urban, Blackpool and at last Peel AFC at the Isle of guy. It tells of the issues he met and the way he surmounted all of them along with his experience of humour, a trait that didn't continually meet with the approval he anticipated.
The managers and coaches that Rick labored below are Mick Jones, Billy Ayre, Steve Harrison, Joe Royle, Willie Donachie, Peter Reid, Brian Horton, Dave Moss, Graeme Sharpe, Sam Allardyce and Paul Hart. He additionally labored as physiotherapist and assistant supervisor to his nice buddy, Andy Ritchie, while he was once at Barnsley.
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To cap it all, he removed the blazer from his back and put it on me. We then descended into the bowels of the club, where I was introduced to the physio, Billy Hayles, and his ancient assistant, Pat Malloy, from Barnoldswick, and Ernie and Tom Whalley (pronounced Wally). ‘This is Rick Holden from Halifax. ’ said the gaffer. ’ gabbled Tom, who then stood up, punched himself in the guts several times like an outraged baboon, and grabbed my cheek and wobbled it about so that my mouth made a sloshing sound.
It makes you realise just how fragile a sporting career is. Frank may have had his degree to fall back on, but that was no consolation for him. He wanted to become a top-class professional footballer, not hobble around with an academic qualification under his arm. Frank was a defender with that awfully rare habit of being able to pass the ball to one of his own players. Frank Harrison and I do the Carnegie, Halifax’s retro dance. Let me cheer the scene a little with a wonderful tale from the Shay’s halcyon days.
He had been at Middlesbrough years before but then had decided upon the academic route when things hadn’t quite worked out for him at Ayresome Park. Billy Ayre, like many Nationwide Conference and lower division managers and scouts then, had gone to watch the college scene and was at my college when he spotted this terrific player swanning around on Wednesday evenings, along with another excellent player, Mark Fenton, a goalkeeper also playing for Harrogate Town. Frank was signed and was left-back, while I was on the left wing.