Samuel Holmes 1868 –

Professional footballer, born Crich

Samuel HOLMES began his playing career with Crich.

Derby Daily Telegraph 23 December 1889
We understand that HOLMES, of Crich, who created such a favourable impression in the recent practice match on the Derby County Ground, today (Saturday) appended his signature to a professional form on behalf of Derby County.HOLMES, who has been identified with the Matlock F.C. Has an excellent reputation as a player, and his inclusion in the team will certainly strengthen the left wing.

Derby County was formed in 1884.

Samuel Holmes played as "inside forward" for Derby County in the Football League seasons 1889-90 and 1890-91.
His debut came 26 December 1889 against Bolton, in which he scored a goal in a 3-2 win.
Career statistics:
1889-90: 9 appearances scored 3 goals
1890-91: 12 appearances scored 5 goals
His last match for Derby was against Sunderland, 7 February 1891. After that season he joined Burton.
with thanks to Sveinung Økland

Derby County football kit for 1889–1890 and 1890–1891 when Samuel Holmes played for them.

Derby County football kit 1889 Derby County football kit 1890

Derby Daily Telegraph
Saturday October 18, 1890
In this League match, to be played on the Derbys County ground tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, the home team will be as follows:– Haddow, goal; A. Goodall and W. Hopkins, backs; B. hambers, J.Walker, and W. Roulstone, half backs; G.Bakewell and J. McLachlan, right wing; J.Goodall, centre; J. Nelson and S.Holms, left wing.

1881: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Samuel Holmes Head 45 Grocer & farmer Ashover
Mary A Holmes wife 47   Belper
George Holmes son 21 lead miner Belper
William Holmes son 19 stone worker Crich
Hannah R Holmes daughter 16 school teacher Crich
Samuel Holmes son 13 scholar Crich
Mary E Holmes daughetr 11 scholar Crich

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1891: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Samuel Holmes Head 55 Grocer & farmer Lea
Mary Ann Holmes wife 57   Shottle
Samuel Holmes son 23 Professional footballer Crich

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Samuel's brother William also played football with him during his time at Crich.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 14 December 1888
Two members of the Crich Club, SHIPLEY and HOLMES, were suspended to the end of the present season, and it was decided to write to Crich to ask them to explain the conduct of their players &c, in the recent Minor Cup Tie.

Derbyshire Courier 16 March 1889
Application was received for the reinstatement of W. HOLMES, of Crich, who was three months since suspended for the rest of the season, for ungentlemanly conduct in the field. The application was granted.

Derbyshire Times 19 September 1891
Sam HOLMES, of Crich, and last year’s Derby County man, is engaged with Burton Swifts, for whom he is centre.