292 Max Holmes

Biography

Centre forward Max Holmes joined the Tigers in May 1935 and began the season as City’s first choice pivot, scoring his first goal in a September 1935 2-4 defeat against Charlton. However as the season wore on he struggled to maintain his first team berth due to injuries and an illness that hospitalised him for several weeks. New manager David Menzies selected the restored Holmes at the start of the 1936/37 season and Max rewarded him with three goals in four games as the Tigers started the season brightly in the Third Division North. He played a supporting role for the remainder of the season, scoring twice for new manager Ernest Blackburn in a February 1937 3-0 win over Mansfield Town. However Holmes’ time at Anlaby Road came to an end in the 1937 close season when he joined the aforementioned Mansfield.

Maxey Martin Holmes was born in Pinchbeck, an agricultural village near Spalding in Lincolnshire and raised in nearby King’s Lynn. Holmes played amateur football for Spalding Town but prior to his entry to the professional game he graduated at London University and qualified as a school teacher. He joined Grimsby Town in 1931 and contributed seven goals when Grimsby won the Second Division title in 1934. He scored 17 times in 37 appearances for the Mariners prior to his move to Hull City.

Holmes joined Mansfield Town in July 1937 and was use primarily in a more withdrawn midfield role. He made 17 appearances for the Stags before joining Lincoln City in August 1938, where he ended his playing days two years later. Holmes served in the RAF during World War Two and also assisted Grimsby Town in wartime matches, before returning to his first career as a school teacher in Lincolnshire. He died in Grimsby in July 1999.

Details

Nationality: England
Date/Place of Birth: 24 December 1908, Pinchbeck
Hull City First Game: 31 August 1935, Fulham H (Division Two), 26 years, 250 days old
Hull City Final Game: 29 March 1937, Stockport County H (Division Three North), 28 years, 95 days old

Clubs

Spalding United, Grimsby Town (1931-1935), Hull City (1935-1937), Mansfield Town (1937-1938), Lincoln City (1938-1940)

Hull City Record

Career: 30 apps, 10 goals

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