A towering centre-half who served Leeds well for nearly 15
years. Holley was the epitome of following in his father's
footsteps. He started with one of dad George's old clubs - Wolves -
as a schoolboy, then joined his father's other club - Sunderland -
as an amateur but never made the first team for either. So he went
to play for his father at Barnsley where he made a name for himself
in a 3 year stint before joining Leeds in the close season of
Despite having a reputation for being a fierce tackler, he was
only ever booked once during his career - and that was for swearing
at a team-mate during a Central League game.
He became club captain and continued playing throughout the war,
fitting in a few guest appearances for Fulham between active
service. In peacetime he played on for Leeds - captaining the side
in 1947 - before finally giving up the game in 1949 and switching
to journalism - focusing on football for the Yorkshire Evening Post
and also doing a column in the matchday programme in the mid 1970s.
He died in 1992.
Penny Hyde says: My brother in law, Chris Holley, who still
lives in Leeds has many photos of his Father, Tom Holley in his
playing days for Leeds.
tavienne h says: m his great grand daughter tavienne holley im
13 and i was born 1 year after his death can you give me any more
information on his please . chris holley is my great uncle,and his
brother is my grandad please write back lots of love tavienne