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Darren Holmes (born 3 September 1970) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with the Sydney Swans and Fitzroy in the Australian Football League (AFL) during the 1990s.

Darren Holmes
Personal information
Full name Darren Holmes
Date of birth (1970-09-03) 3 September 1970 (age 48)
Original team(s) Lavington
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1991–1994 Sydney Swans 42 (6)
1995–1996 Fitzroy 21 (3)
Total 63 (9)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1996.
Sources: AFL Tables,

A utility, Holmes had his most productive year in 1992 when he made 19 appearances and after two more seasons was traded to Fitzroy.[1] He was a member of the last ever Fitzroy squad, playing seven games in the 1996 AFL season.

Holmes had the misfortune of playing in five consecutive wooden spoon sides, with Sydney from 1992 to 1994 and then at Fitzroy in the next two seasons. Overall, of the 63 career games he played, he was on the victorious side just ten times.[1][2]

Holmes was the man who tackled the piglet which had been set loose during a game against St Kilda at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1993.[3]


  1. ^ a b AFL Tables: Darren Holmes
  2. ^ McClure, Geoff. "Different club spoons — wood you believe it?". Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  3. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.