Holland, Tom

Birth Date

16th July 1902





Biographical Text

Goalkeeper Tom Holland played for Exeter City between 1927 and 1930. He joined the club from Weymouth and later played for Watford and Gillingham.  

Tom was playing in junior football in the Rotherham area when he signed for Rotherham Town halfway through the 1923/24 season. He then had a season with Manchester United and a short spell with Doncaster Rovers before heading south to join Weymouth in the summer of 1925 where he stayed for two seasons.

Signing for Exeter City in the summer of 1927, Tom initially shared the first team goalkeeping duties with Thomas Wainwright having made his league debut for the Grecians in the sixth game of the season against Southend United on 17 September 1927.

Playing 29 league games - to Wainwright’s 13 - during the 1927/28 season, Tom made 25 appearances in his second season as he now contested the goalkeeping jersey with James Campbell. Subsequently losing his place to former England ‘keeper Jack Alderson at the start of the 1929/30 campaign, Tom made just five more appearances for the club in end-of-season games.

He then moved to Watford where he made 62 league appearances before signing for Gillingham in 1932 for whom, over the course of four seasons, he made 118 league games. Later turning out for Aylesford Paper Mills works team, he was to return to Weymouth as a trainer where he remained until stepping down in December 1962 due to ill health. 

Tom died in Weymouth in 1987.





Irene Russell

I'm trying to find descendants of Thomas Holland. He was my uncle. His sister, Annie Elizabeth Holland, was my mother. I've been in contact with the Weymouth Football team, but, unfortunately, they were unable to help me. Grateful for your feedback. 

Lindsay Brewer (Holland)

He was my grandad 

Paul Farley

Hi Irene, can you contact us at Exeter City Football Club, I am not sure we can help, but you never know.

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