Grant Holt

Grant Holt

Holt playing for Norwich City in 2010
Personal information
Full name Grant Holt[1]
Date of birth (1981-04-12) 12 April 1981[1]
Place of birth Carlisle, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 9
Youth career
Carlisle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Workington
1999–2001 Halifax Town 6 (0)
2001Sorrento (loan)
2001Barrow (loan) 10 (4)
2001 Sengkang Marine 17 (12)
2001–2003 Barrow 59 (31)
2003–2004 Sheffield Wednesday 24 (3)
2004–2006 Rochdale 75 (34)
2006–2008 Nottingham Forest 96 (21)
2008Blackpool (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2009 Shrewsbury Town 43 (20)
2009–2013 Norwich City 154 (68)
2013–2016 Wigan Athletic 20 (3)
2014Aston Villa (loan) 10 (1)
2014Huddersfield Town (loan) 15 (2)
2015–2016Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 4 (0)
2016 Rochdale 14 (2)
2016– Hibernian 11 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:38, 20 November 2016 (UTC).

Grant Holt (born 12 April 1981) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Scottish Championship club Hibernian.

Holt has played for a number of non-league and professional clubs, notably making nearly 100 league appearances for Nottingham Forest before signing for Shrewsbury Town in 2008 where he became top goalscorer. From Shrewsbury he signed for Norwich in 2009. The move was an immediate success: in the 2009–10 season, Holt finished the season winning the Norwich City Player of the Year award, after scoring 30 goals in 44 appearances for the club (24 in the league) and was one of the leading scorers in Football League One.[2] In the 2010–11 season, Holt continued to be a prolific scorer, and was runner-up in the League Player of the Year awards.


Early career

Born in Carlisle, Cumbria, Holt began his career as a youth player at his hometown club of Carlisle United, but joined Workington after being released aged 18.[3] While playing for Workington, Holt worked for a year as a tyre-fitter.[4] Following success at Workington he signed for Halifax Town in the Third Division. He scored one goal for Halifax in the Football League Cup against Tranmere Rovers,[5] and also went on loan to Australian club Sorrento for one month in 2001[6] and then to Barrow. He left in 2001 to play for the summer in Singapore with Sengkang Marine, under the understanding that he would be signed by Carlisle United on his return. However, Carlisle entered administration and were unable to complete the transfer.[3] Holt moved back to Barrow, taking a part-time job in a factory in the town.

Holt spent two seasons at Barrow in the Northern Premier League.[7] He had trials with full-time teams but did not get signed until 2003, when Sheffield Wednesday signed him in March 2003. He made 30 appearances, half of them as a substitute, but only managed four goals. Holt dropped down to League Two, signing for Rochdale, for whom he made 83 appearances and scored 42 goals.[8] Holt views his time as Rochdale as his major break-through [3] and it made him a target for many higher league clubs. It was Nottingham Forest who paid £300,000 to secure his services in January 2006.

Nottingham Forest

Holt made a slow start to his time with Forest, scoring four times in as many months at the end of the 2005–06 campaign. In November 2006, he turned down a move to Bristol City due to personal reasons, after the two clubs had agreed a fee.[9] However, despite being on the bench for approximately half of Forest's matches in the 2006–07 season, he managed to score 18 goals in all competitions to become the club's top scorer. Forest fans recognised Holt's performances by handing him the 'Player of the Season' award.[10]

In the summer of 2007, Holt and Forest boss Colin Calderwood reached an "uneasy truce" after the striker had a transfer request rebuffed, when Forest refused to give him an improved contract.[11] Holt made it clear that he would be "happy to stay" with Forest for the 2007–08 campaign, while Calderwood admitted "he's not a player we want to see leave".[11] However, Holt failed to impress by only scoring three times all season, although he played out of position as a winger for the majority of the season.

In March 2008, Holt signed on loan with Championship club, Blackpool, making his debut as a late substitute against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on 22 March.[12] He made four substitute appearances before returning to Forest in the summer of 2008, saying he would like to stay and fight for his place in Forest's team next season, despite interest being shown from his home town club Carlisle United.[13]

Shrewsbury Town

On 24 June 2008, Shrewsbury Town broke their club transfer record by signing Holt for £170,000. He was revealed at a club press conference along with defender Michael Jackson.[14] Holt opened his scoring account for the Shrews on his debut, scoring from the penalty spot against Macclesfield Town, in a game the Shrews won 4–0.

Holt has now scored on his debut for Sheffield Wednesday, Barrow, Nottingham Forest and Shrewsbury Town.

On 7 October 2008, in a Football League Trophy 2nd Round match against Wycombe Wanderers, Holt scored five of the seven goals (scoring in the 12th, 27th, 80th, 81st and 86th minutes), in the Shrews' 7–0 win.[15]

In the March 2009 edition of FourFourTwo, it was stated that Holt was the player to cover the greatest distance per game in both Leagues One and Two, averaging 4.8 kilometres per game, followed by Adam Le Fondre of Rochdale, and Andy Welsh of Yeovil on 4.1 and 4.0 respectively.[16] At the end of the season, Holt finished the 2008–09 term as joint-top scorer with Jack Lester for League Two, with 20 League goals, as well as, winning League Two Player of the Year, Shrewsbury Town Player of the Year and named in the League Two PFA Team of the Year for the 2008–09 season.

Norwich City

On 24 July 2009, Holt transferred to Norwich City after Shrewsbury Town accepted an undisclosed bid, thought to be £400,000.[17] Holt signed a three-year contract with the option of a further year at Carrow Road.

Holt made his debut in the heavy 7–1 opening day defeat to Colchester United at Carrow Road,[18] and scored his first Norwich goals with a hat-trick against Yeovil Town in a first round League Cup tie on 11 August 2009.[19] His first league goals came with a brace against Wycombe Wanderers on 22 August 2009. Starting with that game, new manager Paul Lambert made Holt team captain. He won the League One Player of the Month award for October 2009, for "excellent performances throughout October", a month in which he scored "an impressive five goals in as many league fixtures".[20] He reached the landmark of 20 goals for the season in the home game against Millwall on 26 December 2009.[21] Holt received his first red card for Norwich City against Brentford on 23 January 2010. He finished the season winning the Norwich City Player of the Year award, having scored 30 goals in 44 appearances in total, as the club finished as champions of League One and earned promotion to The Championship.

Holt scored his first goals of the 2010–11 season in the League Cup first round against Gillingham, netting a brace. His first league goal of the season came during stoppage time in a 1–0 away win over Scunthorpe United on 14 August 2010. He scored his first league hat-trick against local rivals Ipswich Town on 28 November 2010.[22]

During his time at Norwich he passed the landmark of 150 career goals with a penalty in the first minute in the 3–1 win over Bristol City. He reached the landmark of 50 goals for Norwich City on 2 April 2011 when he scored a hat trick in a 6–0 win against Scunthorpe United at Carrow Road. He was then nominated for the Championship Player of the Year in 2011, but was beaten by Adel Taarabt.[23] He was the winner of Norwich's player of the season for a second consecutive year as the club were automatically promoted to the Premier League.[24]

Holt started the first game of the 2011–12 Premier League season in Norwich's 1–1 draw at Wigan Athletic, partnering Steve Morison in attack, meaning he had played in all four English divisions.[25] He scored his first Premier League goal in the third game of the season, scoring against Chelsea following an error by the goalkeeper Henrique Hilário.[26] For the first part of the season Holt was used mainly as a substitute, becoming a regular starter again later in the campaign, scoring 15 league goals and being voted the player of the year for the third season in succession.[27] He was inducted into the Norwich City Hall of Fame on 20 March 2012.[28] Holt's impressive opening season in the Premiership earned him much acclaim by pundits and managers alike and even conjured talk of a possible place in Roy Hodgson's first England squad for the 2012 European Championship.[29]

On 18 May 2012, Holt handed in a transfer request six days after being voted Norwich's Player of the Season for the third year running; the request was immediately rejected by Norwich City.[30] On 1 June, Holt reiterated his request to depart Norwich City via his Twitter account, before signing a new three-year contract with the club on 3 July.[31][32] He played in 34 league games during the 2012–13 season, scoring eight goals for the club as they again retained their place in the Premier League, including a goal in his final game for the club; a 3–2 victory against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Wigan Athletic

Holt joined Wigan Athletic on three-year deal, on 8 July 2013, for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £2 million.[33] He made his Wigan debut on 3 August 2013 and scored in a 4–0 away win against Barnsley.[34] He then scored a penalty in an eventual 2–2 draw with Middlesbrough.[35]

On 14 January 2014, Holt joined Aston Villa on loan until the end of the 2013–14 season.[36][37] Holt made his Aston Villa debut five days later, coming on as a substitute for Gabriel Agbonlahor in the 49th minutes, in a 2–2 draw against Liverpool.[38] Holt then scored his first Aston Villa goal, in a 2–1 loss against Fulham on 5 April 2014.[39] Holt went to make ten appearance and scoring once before returning to Wigan at the end of the season.[40]

On 27 September 2014, Holt joined Huddersfield Town on an initial emergency loan until 8 November 2014.[41] Holt made his Huddersfield Town debut the same day, coming on as a substitute for Lee Peltier in the 64th minutes, in a 2–1 win over Millwall.[42] His first goal for the club came in their 4–2 win over Blackpool at the John Smith's Stadium on 18 October 2014.[43] Following his first goal, Holt had his loan spell with Huddersfield Town extended until 28 December 2014.[44] On 28 December 2014, Holt returned to his parent club Wigan.[45] This came after Holt had a successful operation on his knee, though it kept him out for nine months.[46]

On 30 October 2015 he moved on loan to Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers until 2 January 2016.[47]

Return to Rochdale

On 18 February 2016 Holt joined Rochdale until the end of the season.[48]


Holt signed a one-year contract with Scottish club Hibernian in June 2016.[49]

Career statistics

As of 14:00, 20 November 2016 (UTC)
Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other Play-Offs Total
Sheffield Wednesday 2002–03First Division71000071
2003–04Second Division172211030233
Total 243211030304
Rochdale 2003–04Third Division143000000143
2004–05League Two40173511114524
Total 75344521228342
Nottingham Forest 2005–06League One194000000194
Total 96215130331010825
Blackpool (loan) 2007–08Championship40000040
Shrewsbury Town 2008–09League Two4320111037305128
Norwich City
2009–10League One39242323104430
2011–12Premier League361522003817
Total 1546865751016878
Wigan Athletic
2015–16League One4000001050
Total 202101050272
Aston Villa (loan) 2013–14Premier League101000000101
Huddersfield Town (loan) 2014–15Championship152000000152
Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 2015–16Championship4000000040
Rochdale 2015–16League One142000000142
Hibernian 2016–17Scottish Championship113001030153
Career Total 4701561913166201240529187

Personal life

Holt is married and has three daughters.[4]



Norwich City


(* Jointly shared with Simeon Jackson)


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