David Holt
David Holt
David Holt
● David Holt, 1964 (CBF)

born in Scotland

David Duff Holt was born on Friday, 3rd January, 1936, in Glasgow.

The 5' 8 (12st 2lbs) defender signed for Scot Symon's Thistle on Thursday, 18th September, 1969, having most recently been with Heart of Midlothian.

Aged 33, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 8th November, 1969, in a 2-2 draw at home to Motherwell in the SFL First Division.

There were no goals for David during his time with Thistle.

He played his last game for the club on Tuesday, 14th April, 1970, in a 4-1 defeat away to Morton in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 21 occasions.

David's club-list included Lugar Boswell Thistle, Queen's Park, Heart of Midlothian and Partick Thistle.

Bio Extra

Davie joined Thistle from Heart of Midlothian in September 1969. The Gorbals-born 33-year-old, a left-back, was at the end of his playing career, and left Hearts with bad feeling, even though he had a sterling career with a previously high-flying Hearts side. He played for Thistle on 21 occasions, in a year that the Jags were relegated from the SFL 1st Division. The nucleus of the next generation who would gain glory in the 1971 League Cup campaign were still learning their trade, but future glories seemed distant in this formative season.

Davie started his career with junior side Lugar Boswell Thistle, before joining Queen’s Park in 1959. When he played with the Spiders he worked as an apprentice engineer at Hillington, and would collect a budding player called Alex Ferguson from the shipyard where he in turn worked, before travelling on to QP training. He joined Heart of Midlothian in 1960, and played for the Tynecastle side for 9 years. Hearts had won the 1st Division in 1957-58, and 1959-60, as well as the 1955-56 Scottish Cup, and Hearts supporters were looking for continued success. He was part of the 1962-63 League Cup run, when Hearts beat Kilmarnock in the final, but in 1964-65 Kilmarnock beat Hearts to the 1st Division title on goal average – a bitter failure for the club. The ageing player was released by Hearts, and he later said that he had been unfairly treated by the Tynecastle management.

Davie represented Scotland at under-23 level once, and took part in the 1960 Olympics in Rome with the Great British side, (as a QP amateur). He played 3 matches in the tournament. He also played for Scotland on 5 occasions, but due to a quirky rule at the time, didn’t physically receive any caps, as they were only awarded for Home Nation fixtures, a practice reversed in the 1970’s. He also represented the Scottish League in 1964. When he played for Thistle he was paid £16 per week, with £12 in the close season. In a Daily Record interview in November 2019, Davie revealed that he still held that final contract!

He was a taxi driver after hanging up his boots, a big difference in career from his former Hampden colleague, Sir Alex Ferguson.


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