The son of another former City player, Harold Holman, and a talented sportsman in his own right, Harry was one of just two people to play for England at under 15 level in both football and rugby. Choosing to focus on football, Harry jnr. started his professional career as an apprentice with Chelsea, moving back to his hometown to sign for the Grecians in July 1976.
The England Schools international made his Grecians debut in a goalless draw against Workington at St James’ Park in October 1976, and continued to play in the following six league games as Exeter went on to win promotion. He won a regular place in the City side throughout 1977-78 playing in 37 league games, scoring eight goals, the first of which came in a 4-1 home win over Port Vale.
The following season he was restricted to just 8 league appearances and one goal, having suffered a very bad knee injury in a match away to Southend. An injury which cost him a potential move to Wolverhampton Wonderers. Transfer listed at his own request in August 1978, four months later, Harry signed for Peterborough United, a month after he had a reported dispute with manager Bobby Saxton over his lack of first team opportunities. He only stayed at Peterborough until the end of the season, scoring one goal in nine league starts.
Moving back to the Exeter area to live, apart from a handful of games for Exmouth Town, Harry then retired from the game. He was still living in Exeter in 2010.
In November 2020, Harry died of a a heart attack. Harry was a great friend of Julian Tagg, Exeter City president and director of external affairs.
Julian said: "Harry was a very talented player who came through our youth team and many people will remember him as a young player at St James Park. He was a very good friend to me; I was best man at his wedding, and we had a long, enduring friendship which I valued tremendously.
"He was an excellent player and he will be hugely missed by so many people for his likeable and effervescent personality. Our thoughts are with Harry’s family at this very sad time."
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