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Kenny Holder

Kenny was a local lad who came through the ranks and made his first team debut in the 1960/61 season. He would make close to 500 appearances for the club, scoring 50 goals in the process, before departing for Croydon FC in October 1969. Whilst in the army, he also had a trial for Huddersfield Town.

In his time at our old home Sandy Lane, Kenny had remarkable fitness and in five of those seasons, he did not miss a league match, which was quite a feat.

Kenny was a member of our excellent 1962/63 side, which went so close to lifting the Isthmian League title, but in the end, we had to settle for third place behind Kingstonian and Wimbledon, who were crowned champions. Some of the players from that side included goalkeeper Alex Stepney, who went on to star for Manchester United and played one game for the full England team against Sweden. Plus, England Amateur Internationals Roy Agar, Micky Browning, and Gordon Holden.

It should be mentioned that Kenny once took Alex Stepney’s place in the Tooting goal, during an away game at Kingstonian, in November 1962. Alex got injured breaking his wrist, so Kenny went in goal, as there were no substitutes in those days. Alex Stepney played the remainder of the game on the wing!

Kenny’s position was right back mainly or midfield and his representative honours at the club included playing for the London FA, Surrey FA, Isthmian League and Middlesex Wanderers.

An England Amateur Cap eluded Kenny, but he was once invited by the FA to train with the squad, but he declined due to the session clashing with a Tooting game. The FA unfortunately took this as a snub and Kenny was never invited again.

Kenny was a great player and representative of the club. He sadly passed away in March 2022, but is fondly remembered.

Article written by Ian Bullock TMUFC Members Club Vice President

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