Stu Holden Back On The Attack For Bolton


Holden out hope for 2014…

Seventeen minutes of FA Cup action.

And Stu Holden came through unscathed. For a fan base who has witnessed “delivers to the promised land” get cut down over the years–Charlie Davies, John O’Brien–Holden back on the pitch and with time to build his fitness, experience and resume in advance of World Cup 2014 is terrific. It seemed like just yesterday TSG was calling for Holden to get more senior time…under Bob Bradley that is (August 3, 2009).

Note: John O’Brien turns 35 this year. He likely would have been just winding down his career. Amazing…

10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Crow on 2013/01/15 at 4:05 PM

    Good for Stu! I remember how psyched I was to see him vs Argentina 2 years ago!!! before Johnny Evans De Jonged Stu. Unbelievable the adversity the lad has gone through. Such a good guy- Deuce will always go down as my favorite Yank, but Stu is not far behind no matter how many minutes he plays.

    I’m cautiously optimistic to personally watching a Holden/Bradley midfield kick ass in Brazil.


  2. Posted by KMac on 2013/01/15 at 4:25 PM

    Awesome news. All the best to Stuart Holden for his exemplary attitude during and through 2 adverse situations that would have tempted many mere mortals to quit. Karma will bounce the right way for him. Watch him go.

    Much respect to Mr. O’Brien, perhaps my favorite player of the 2002 cup.


  3. Posted by Fellaini'sfro on 2013/01/15 at 5:00 PM

    Just like Crow. Stu has become my favorite after Deuce. 17 minutes might not seem like a lot, but it is 17 minutes more than he has played with the first team over the last 15 months. Stu is still pretty young with fresh legs and if he gets quality playing time over the next year I can totally see him in the mid-field along with Bradley.

    By the way someone on here mentioned that Arsenal might be looking to make an offer for him this transfer window. Not sure how I feel about that. Is it better to play “Championship football with a good chance to play a lot of minutes or move up into the Premiership and get lost among the other players a la Maurice Edu?


  4. Posted by dude on 2013/01/15 at 7:55 PM

    Looks like he’s on the right track again. The strange thing is he isn’t exactly easy to injure, he’s just been involved in some really bad @#$%. First the pub thing, then De Jong being himself, then Evans being such a half baked defender. Knock on wood saying he stays healthy and away from whatever vudu curse plagues him.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2013/01/15 at 10:52 PM

      I don’t know — this is now 3 major injuries in his career. Unlucky is best case I think.


  5. Posted by Alex on 2013/01/16 at 1:11 AM

    I think its funny that the first thing he does in a 1st team match after what, over a year a half, is getting stuck in and committing a foul.


    • Posted by john mosby on 2013/01/16 at 7:40 AM

      you gotta have a pretty good laugh also, for the last thing he did in the game, which was walk off the field.


  6. Posted by JGD on 2013/01/16 at 9:41 AM

    Can’t help like the guy. Worked tremendously hard the past two years, he deserves every good thing coming his way. I’m excited to watch him gain strength and marshal Bolton’s midfield on his way back to the top.


  7. Bolton Wanderers have got a trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday. Hope he comes through unscathed!


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