Matthew Rhys Holland (born 11 April 1974) is a former professional footballer, who played as a central midfielder. He began his career at West Ham United and subsequently joined Bournemouth, before spending long spells at Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic, where he retired in 2009.
Holland playing for Charlton Athletic in 2008.
|Full name||Matthew Rhys Holland|
|Date of birth||11 April 1974|
|Place of birth||Bury, England|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|–1992||West Ham United|
|1992–1995||West Ham United||0||(0)|
|1992–1993||→ Farnborough Town (loan)||21||(0)|
|1995||→ AFC Bournemouth (loan)||15||(1)|
|1999||Republic of Ireland B||1||(0)|
|1999–2005||Republic of Ireland||49||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Initially rejected by Arsenal for being 'too small' he went to West Ham United where he moved up the ranks of the academy but did not play for the first team. He joined Football Conference side Farnborough Town during the 1992–93 season and made twenty-one appearances.
In the summer of 1997, Holland joined Ipswich Town for a fee of £800,000. He again became team captain and captained the club into the Premier League by winning the First Division play-offs in 2000. He captained the club to a fifth-place finish and qualification for the UEFA Cup in their first season in the Premier League in 2001. Though Ipswich were relegated in 2002 he stayed with the club after he turned down a £4 million move to Aston Villa. His spell at Ipswich is remembered for the consistency he showed, after playing 223 consecutive games and only missing one league match (due to international duty) in the six years he was at Portman Road.
After Ipswich failed to win promotion in 2003, Holland moved back to the Premier League by joining Charlton Athletic on a four-year contract for an initial £750,000 fee, which later rose to £900,000. Again with this move he assumed the captain's armband and was ever-present in his first season for the club. One of the longest-serving Charlton players, he claimed more than half the entire vote for the 2007–08 Fans' Player of the Year. His final match came in a 2–2 draw with Cardiff on 21 April 2009, and the club released him after relegation to League One at the end of the season.
Although born in England, Holland qualified to play for the Republic of Ireland through his grandmother who hailed from County Monaghan. He made his international debut on 9 October 1999 in an away Euro 2000 qualifier against Macedonia, playing the last five minutes as a substitute for Mark Kennedy. His first goal came on his fifth cap, the equaliser in a 1–1 draw with Portugal on 7 October 2000 in qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Holland captained the side in three internationals, the first on his 28th cap, a 2–0 friendly defeat to Scotland.
He went with the Republic of Ireland to the 2002 World Cup scoring the equaliser against Cameroon in their opening game. Ireland were eliminated from this tournament in a Second Round penalty shoot-out against Spain, with Holland among those who missed. Following Ireland's failure to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, he announced his retirement from international football on 5 February 2006 having made 49 appearances and scoring five goals. Manager Steve Staunton had attempted to persuade Holland to continue.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|West Ham United||1992–93||First Division||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Farnborough Town (loan)||1992–93||Football Conference||21||0||—||21||0|
|AFC Bournemouth (loan)||1994–95||Second Division||15||1||—||—||—||15||1|
|AFC Bournemouth||1995–96||Second Division||44||10||2||0||4||0||3[a]||0||53||10|
|Ipswich Town||1997–98||First Division||46||10||4||0||7||2||2[b]||0||59||12|
|Charlton Athletic||2003–04||Premier League||38||6||1||0||2||0||—||41||6|
|Republic of Ireland||1999||1||0|
- Republic of Ireland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Holland goal.
|1||7 October 2000||Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal||6||Portugal||1–1||1–1||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||28 March 2001||Mini Estadi, Barcelona, Spain||8||Andorra||3–0||3–0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3||6 June 2001||A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia||11||Estonia||2–0||2–0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4||1 June 2002||Niigata Stadium, Niigata, Japan||20||Cameroon||1–1||1–1||2002 FIFA World Cup|
|5||27 May 2004||Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Republic of Ireland||40||Romania||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
He was one of several players and managers (including Danny Mills and Paul Jewell) who acted as summarisers for BBC Radio Five Live during the 2006 World Cup. Holland has also appeared on the BBC television program A Question of Sport and the radio quiz Fighting Talk. Holland as a freelance pundit has appeared on nearly every media outlet covering football in the UK. He has been a pundit on ESPN & Sky Sports, appeared on BBC results service Final Score on the odd Saturday afternoon and appeared on ITV commentating on the UEFA Cup. He is also a presenter for the Eastern England edition of the BBC regional football show Late Kick Off.
He has also appeared on many radio shows, he usually appears on talkSPORT on kick off usually on Friday nights and also appearing on Matchday Live on Saturday afternoons whenever he is not on Final Score. Holland has also appeared frequently on Absolute Radio and BBC Radio 5 Live as a co-commentator as well as Final Score, Premier Soccer Saturday or talkSPORT. In addition Holland previously appeared as an analyst for Setanta Sports' live matches.
Holland began work with RTÉ when he commentated alongside George Hamilton during the Rep. of Ireland and Brazil friendly. He then appeared as a member of the panel on RTÉ's Premier Soccer Saturday for a number of weeks. He commentated the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
- Harman, John (2005). Alliance to Conference. Tony Williams Publications. ISBN 978-1-869833-52-7.
- "Charlton sign Holland". The Daily Telegraph. London. 16 June 2003.
- Charlton Athletic Playing Squad – Matt Holland
- Matthew Holland Bio, Stats, News – Football / Soccer – - ESPN FC
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- Premiership life a beach for Holland – Telegraph
- Macedonia and Rep. of Ireland national football teams played to a 1:1 draw, 9 October 1999 – eu-football.info
- Portugal and Rep. of Ireland national football teams played to a 1:1 draw, 7 October 2000 – eu-football.info
- Matt Holland – national football team player – eu-football.info
- "Holland ends international career". BBC News. 5 February 2006.
- "Games played by Matt Holland in 1996/1997". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
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- "Games played by Matt Holland in 1998/1999". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
- "Games played by Matt Holland in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
- "Games played by Matt Holland in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
- "Games played by Matt Holland in 2001/2002". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
- "Games played by Matt Holland in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
- "Games played by Matt Holland in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
- "Games played by Matt Holland in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
- "Games played by Matt Holland in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
- "Games played by Matt Holland in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
- "Games played by Matt Holland in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
- "Games played by Matt Holland in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
- "Matt Holland presents BBC One's Late Kick Off". BBC Suffolk. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
- "BT Sport's World Cup watch". BT.com. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
- Black, Fergus (2 June 2010). "RTÉ hopes Ossie and squad will spur fans to back home team". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
- O'Malley, Carl (2 June 2010). "RTÉ roll out big guns for their 56 live games". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
- Matt Holland at Soccerbase