george holley

Player of the Day: George Holley

by Kate Smith

Inside-forward in profile.

George Holley's goalscoring talents were such that only three Sunderland players have scored more times for the club.

Signed from Seaham White Star in November 1904 and thrown into the team for the first time against Sheffield Wednesday the following month, Holley's eye for goal soon became apparent.

He scored a hat-trick in the 9-1 win over Newcastle in 1908, collected a League Championship medal in 1913, and was Sunderland's leading scorer on six occasions.

Holley played as a guest for Fulham during World War One and also represented Brighton before returning to Sunderland as a coach in 1921. He later served as trainer at Wolves and Barnsley.

In total Holley made 315 appearances for the Lads, amassing 160 goals.

An England international, Holley hit eight goals in 10 games for his country while a Sunderland player.