Exeter-born Harry Holman, son of Harry Holman who appeared for the club immediately after the Second World War, played for Exeter City in the mid-1970s. Formerly an apprentice with Chelsea, he left St James’ Park for Peterborough United before moving back to the Exeter area.
The son of former City player Harold Holman, and a talented sportsman in his own right, Harry won national representative honours in both rugby and football when at school. Choosing to focus on football, he started his professional career as an apprentice with Chelsea before moving back to his hometown to sign for the Grecians in July 1976.
He 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 after 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 and, apart from a handful of games for Exmouth Town, he then retired from the game.
Harry died of a heart attack in November 2020. He was a great friend of Julian Tagg, Exeter City president and director of external affairs, who 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."