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Eric Reginald "Reg" Holland (23 January 1940 – 3 January 2019) was an English footballer who played as a full back.

Reg Holland
Personal information
Full name Eric Reginald Holland
Date of birth (1940-01-23)23 January 1940
Place of birth Stanton Hill, Sutton-in-Ashfield, England
Date of death 3 January 2019(2019-01-03) (aged 78)
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Full back
Youth career
1955–1957 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1960 Manchester United 0 (0)
1960–1966 Wrexham 118 (0)
1966 Chester 6 (0)
1966–? Altrincham
National team
England Youth 8 (?)
England Schoolboys 4 (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Holland enjoyed a promising start to his football career by being selected to play for England Schoolboys and England Youth while twice winning the FA Youth Cup with Manchester United.[1] Despite captaining the club's reserve side,[1] Holland never made a league appearance at Old Trafford although he was an unused substitute on three occasions.[1]

In March 1960, he moved to Wrexham for £2,000, going on to spend six years with the North Wales side before joining local rivals Chester in March 1966. After six league appearances he dropped into Non-League football with Altrincham.

After retiring from football, he joined the Staffordshire Police and spent 27 years with the force before retiring in 1994.[1]

Holland died on 3 January 2019 at the age of 78.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Davies, Gareth M; Jones, Peter (1999). The Racecourse Robins. Davies and Jones. pp. 125–126. ISBN 0-9524950-1-5.
  2. ^ Sheehan, Rory (5 January 2019). "Tributes to former Wrexham AFC footballer and Manchester United 'Busby Babe' Reg Holland". The Leader. Wrexham. Retrieved 8 January 2019.