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Jim Holmes - Tottenham Hotspur - League appearances.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 24 March 1979

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      Left Back
      Wednesday, 11 November 1953
      Dublin, Ireland.
  • Ireland
  • Coventry City
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 4th December 1971 in a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City (Aged: 18)
    • Club Career
      122 League apps (+6 as sub), 7 goals
  • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 12th March 1977 in a 2-0 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion (Aged: 23)
    • Club Career
      81 League apps, 2 goals
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Jim HOLMES - Tottenham Hotspur - League appearances.


Jim Holmes signed for Spurs from Coventry City in March 1977 for £100,000, as a replacement for the injured John Gorman. In what proved to be a dreadful season for the London club, Holmes appeared 10 times, scoring his first goal for his new side in a 2-0 home win over Leicester City on the last day of the season. The win couldn't prevent Spurs from suffering relegation, which had been confirmed the week before in a 5-0 drubbing at Manchester City. The Irish defender played in 38 games during the 1977-78 season, helping Spurs regain their 1st Division status at the first attempt. On Spurs' return to the top flight in 1978-79, Jim helped Keith Burkinshaw's side to a respectable 10th place finish. With the signing of Argentina's Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa, and the emergence of the wonderfully gifted Glenn Hoddle, it was exciting times at White Hart Lane.


Holmes appeared in 33 league games, his only goal coming in May's 3-1 win at Bolton Wanderers. The Dubliner also played in all seven of Spurs FA Cup matches, ending in a 2-0 defeat at Manchester United in a quarter-final replay. The two games had been seen by more than 106, 000 fans. Holmes played a further eight times for the Repulic throughout 1978-79 before disaster struck when breaking a leg in the game against Bulgaria in May '79. The sub-standard treatment Jim received for the injury in Bulgaria did not help matters and it was eleven long months before he would play again. By that time Chris Hughton had established himself in the starting line-up and Jim was unable to oust the youngster on his return from injury. Holmes moved to Vancouver Whitecaps for a fee of £100,000 in February 1981 before returning to English football with Leicester City in October of that same year. (Tony Smith)



Years           Team             Games  Goals

1970–1977    Coventry City    128    (6)
1977–1981    Tottenham Hotspur    81    (2)
1981–1982    Vancouver Whitecaps    17    (0)
1982–1983    Leicester City    2    (0)
1983               Brentford        
1983               Torquay United    25    (3)
1983–1986    Peterborough United    49    (7)
1985–1987    Nuneaton Borough    32    (3)
1987               Leicester United        
1987–1989    Hitchin Town        
1989–1990    Bedworth United        
1990               Nuneaton Borough

Jimmy Holmes later became a police officer in the Midlands. As a police officer

he was once called into duty again while on police duty at Coventry City's

Highfield Road. When one of the players for a testimonial did not show,

Jimmy stepped into the fray. In August 2007 he was formally commended

for his bravery in July 2006.