Eric Tansley Holah was born in Hull and played for Malet Lambert Old Boys in his late teens prior to joining the amateur ranks at Hull City in 1958. A regular performer in the reserves, Holah saw little chance of first team action as he sat in the centre forwards’ queue behind teenage sensation Chris Chilton. On April Fools’ Day 1961 he got his only first team chance and scored in a 3-2 win over Watford. But a few weeks later he left the club.
Holah joined Bradford City at the start of the 1961/62 season and started four Division Four games in September and October 1961, scoring twice against Chesterfield and Millwall. However he soon returned to the Bantams’ Reserves and left Valley Parade in the 1963 close season to join Goole Town.
In the early weeks of 1968 Holah surfaced again in Crewe Alexandra’s reserves, by now playing at centre back rather than centre forward. In January 1969 he joined Cheshire County League side Ellesmere Port Town on semi-professional terms while studying in a local college. He remained with Ellesmere Port until the 1970 close season.
Holah’s sister Audrey married another ex-Tiger David Fraser while Eric lived in the Bridlington area and worked as a school teacher for many years until moving to Great Cambourne in Cambridgeshire later in life.
Date/Place of Birth: 3 August 1937, Hull
Hull City First Game: 1 April 1961, Watford H (Division Three), 23 years, 241 days old
Hull City Final Game: 1 April 1961, Watford H (Division Three), 23 years, 241 days old
Hull City (1958-1961), Bradford City (1961-1963), Goole Town (1963-1964), Crewe Alexandra (1968-1969), Ellesmere Port Town (1969-1970)
Hull City Record
Career: 1 apps, 1 goalsEric Holah