Bill Holden

1928 - 2011

Bill Holden, who played centre-forward for Sunderland during the 1950s, has sadly died at a nursing home in Morecambe following a long illness, aged 82.

Born in Bolton, Holden came to prominence with neighbouring Burnley earning a reputation as a powerful goal-scoring centre-forward netting 79 goals in his 199 appearances for the Clarets and gaining international recognition with an England ‘B’ cap against Scotland in 1953.

In December 1955, Holden’s goal-scoring exploits at Turf Moor finally persuaded big-spending Sunderland to pay the Lancashire club £12,000 for his services however, his Roker Park career was relatively short-lived and within 12 months he had moved back to Lancashire, joining Stockport County for £6,000.

In all Bill Holden made 24 league and cup appearances for Sunderland scoring 7 goals and is perhaps best remembered for the two strikes which knocked FA Cup holders Newcastle United out of the competition in the 6th round at St James’ Park in March1956.