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Gary Holt
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Personal information
Full name Gary James Holt
Date of birth March 9, 1973 (1973-03-09) (age 36)
Place of birth    Irvine, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1992–1994 Celtic
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1994–1995
1995–2001
2001–2005
2005–2007
2007–2009
2009
Stoke City
Kilmarnock
Norwich City
Nottingham Forest
Wycombe Wanderers
Colchester United
Lowestoft Town
000 0(0)
150 0(9)
168 0(3)
065 0(1)
076 0(3)
000 0(0)   
National team2
2000–2004 Scotland 010 0(1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 20:42, 2 May 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 18:47, 9 February 2008 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Gary James Holt (born 9 March 1973 in Irvine, Ayrshire) is a Scottish defensive midfielder and a former Scottish International player, who received 10 caps and scored 1 goal.[1] He currently plays for Lowestoft Town F.C.

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Club career

Holt came late to professional football, having had a spell in the Army Catering Corps as a chef and played for the British Army team prior to joining Celtic. He did not play for the Bhoys first team and moved on to Stoke City. After a brief stay, Holt returned to his boyhood favourites, Kilmarnock, where he excelled in the Ayrshire team's most consistent period of success since the 1960s. He set up home in his place of birth with his wife in the Bourtreehill part of Irvine. Despite his excellent form with Kilmarnock, international recognition proved elusive, and Holt briefly explored the option of playing for Canada in 1998. However, it eventually emerged Holt wasn't eligible for Canada, and Holt gained his first Scotland cap a year later.

In 2001, Norwich City paid £135,000 for Holt. He was voted Norwich City player of the year in 2001-02, when he also collected a number of fans' awards, including the Capital Canaries Player of the Season trophy. He was reckoned to be the best player on the pitch at The 2002 Play Off Final at The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. However, after playing well in Division One for his first three seasons with the club and helping them win promotion to the Premier League in 2004, Holt's final season with Norwich City was a difficult one. He found playing in the Premiership difficult and struggled to adapt to the higher level. Manager Nigel Worthington was criticised by supporters for keeping Holt in the team too long and some supporters made Holt a scapegoat for the team's struggles. Holt revealed towards the end of the 2004-05 season that he had received anonymous hate-mail earlier in the campaign. In his four years at Carrow Road Holt played almost 200 games for the club, and is still thought of fondly by Norwich Fans He was affectionately known by the Norwich City fans as 'three lungs' for his tireless coverage of the football pitch.

Holt spent two years with Nottingham Forest, before being released at the end of the 2006-07 season. At Forest he scored three times, with goals against Weymouth in the FA Cup,[2] Cheltenham in the league[3] and Yeovil in the second leg of the 2007 League One play off semi final.[4] He subsequently signed for League Two side Wycombe Wanderers on 12 July 2007[5]. He signed a 1 year extension until July 2010 on 17th January 2009.

On 28 March 2009 he lobbed Luke Daniels in the League Two match against Shrewsbury Town to score the third goal of his Wycombe Wanderers career.

On 6 October 2009 he signed for Lowestoft Town who are currently playing in the Isthmian League Division One North, at the 4th step within the non-league pyramid.

International career

Holt made his Scotland debut on September 2, 2000 as an 89th minute substitute against Latvia in a match that Scotland won 1-0. He kept his place in the squad for the next year and a half before he was omitted from after a friendly against France that ended in a 5-0 defeat for Scotland in March 2002. He was not capped again for two years when his final cap came in a 1-1 draw against Moldova in October 2004. His only international goal came in a 4-1 win over Trinidad & Tobago in 2004.

Sporting titles and awards

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Individual

Club

Kilmarnock
Norwich
Lowestoft Town

References

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Andy Marshall
Norwich City Player of the Season
2001/02
Succeeded by
Adam Drury

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