As two of the oldest clubs in the country, Liam expected to be spoilt with a bountiful list to choose from when taking on this assignment from Overlord Manning, so here is the best he could come up with ...
On 8th November 1968, although it didn't know it yet, football changed forever. In the London borough of Walthamstow, a young mother brought two of the most influential dreamers into the football world.
That's right sports fans, Dean Christopher Holdsworth & David Gary Holdsworth made their grand entrance onto the football world, with football scouts following the bright star over North West London as Bolton's saviour was born.But it is not Dean who we focus on in this piece but his twin brother David who's exploits for our opponents Sheffield United far outwiegh his little impact for our beloved Wanderers.
Both the Holdsworth's began thier respective careers not too far from home at Watford under their legendary manager Graham Taylor. Unfortunately for David, he came into the first team in the last season of Taylor's reign and made his first team spot his own under new manager Dave Bassett. Bassett's reign was always going to be difficult following on arguably the most succesful football fairytale since the War.
Despite watching his brother move on to pastures new, David made a real name for himself at the club that handed him his professional debut. The defender amassed over 250 appearances for the Hornets and chipping in with 10 goals. His breakthrough years saw Holdsworth earn himself England representation at U21 level. Despite David's best efforts, his time at Watford saw the club relegated twice before he eventually left to join Tuesday's opponents Sheffield United.
Holdsworth was famously part of the Sheffield United team that reached the FA Cup Semi-Final and even scored important equaliser against Coventry City in a quarter final replay. In his three seasons in South Yorkshire, Holdsworth featured in the best part of 100 games before leaving for Birmingham City, where Bolton fans may remember him.
The Birmingham City years saw David feature against Bolton more regularly as the press focused in on the prospect of the Holdworth twins facing off against each other. Despite being there or thereabouts in the battle for promotion, City never managed to get over the line and David was released after three seasons.
It was at this point he made a move which at the time seemed inevitale and once more linked up with his brother Dean at our beloved Bolton Wanderers. He went on to make one single appearance for the whites and thus qualify his inclusion in this piece. His sole appearance came in the League Cup and the die-hards amongst you will remember our Cup defeat to Bury in 2002.
His playing career largely petered out from there and went on to represent Scarborough in the Conference before moving to Gretna, who compete in the Scottish League.
After announcing his retirement in 2005, David's path once again mirrored that of his brother as he moved into management outside the Football League, taking over Ilkeston Town. He has also managed Mansfield Town, Lincoln City and Goole. Whilst at Mansfield Town, he faced off against brother Dean one further time his side faced Dean's Newport County. Following his stint at Goole, he is currently unnattached.