Player of the Day: Darren Holloway

by Kate Smith

Defender in profile.

Darren Holloway made 66 appearances for Sunderland during one of the club’s most successful eras.

Holloway moved to Roker Park as a trainee in 1994 and didn’t make his debut until October 1997 after an injury crisis ahead of a trip to Stoke City.

After impressing in his first run-out, Holloway became a regular face in the first team squad.

In March 1998 he was called up to the England under-21 squad to face Switzerland along with Black Cats team-mate Darren Williams.

A back injury restricted his appearances during the promotion winning 1998-99 campaign under Peter Reid, however, he broke back into the side in time for the final push.

He made his Premier League debut in a 2-1 defeat at Leeds United aged just 21-year-old and went on to play a key role in the seventh placed finish in the Premier League the following season.

After five years with Sunderland, Holloway made the switch to Wimbledon after his first team chances became limited.

He made just short of 100 appearances for the Dons before moving to Bradford City in 2004.

Two years later he spent a season at Darlington, before finishing his career with Gateshead in 2009.