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Forgotten Wanderers #8 - David Holdsworth

Did you know that Deano's twin brother once turned out for Bolton?

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There's your first interesting point - Dean Holdsworth wasn't the only member of the family to play for Bolton Wanderers.

Oh no.

In 2002 we signed his twin brother, David. True story.

David, like Dean, began his career at Watford.

David spent a decade at the club, making 258 appearances from 1986 and became known as a no-nonsense central defender, in contrast with his flashier, goalscoring striker of a twin.

He moved North in 1996 joining Sheffield United. He spent three seasons at Bramall Lane, where he would go on to score four goals in 84 appearances for the Blades.

In March 1999 Holdsworth transferred to Birmingham City. He spent three full seasons there, helping them to the 2001 League Cup Final in which he was an unused substitute in the defeat to Premier League Liverpool.

In January 2002 he went on loan to Walsall. After being released by Birmingham in 2002, he joined Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer where he played alongside Dean once again.

However, he only made one appearance for the club in a 0-1 home League Cup defeat to Bury. Shortly afterwards he joined Scarborough in the Football Conference and then Scottish club Gretna where he retired in 2005.

Following this retirement he moved through the leagues as a manager this time, taking in spells with Ilkeston Town, Mansfield Town, Lincoln City and latterly Goole.

Interestingly, in September 2010, the brothers Holdsworth became the first twins to manage against each other in the top five divisions of English football, when Dean was manager of Newport County and David manager of Mansfield Town. Newport won the match 1-0, and presumably ruffled David's hair on the way out.

So there you go - David Holdsworth. Your forgotten Wanderer.