10:07 10th February 2014
by Andrew Poole
Former Saddler passes away
WE ARE sad to report the passing of former Saddler, Eddie Holding, at the age of 83.
Joining the club as an amateur in 1947, he turned professional in January 1949 and made his debut during the following season.
Establishing himself in the team during 1951/52, where he made 25 appearances, mainly in the right-back role.
Also able to play in attack when required, he scored a hat-trick against Brighton on Christmas Day 1953, during what was his second spell with the club having briefly moved to Derby County.
His next port of call was Barrow, whom he joined in the summer of 1954.
Eventually returning to live and work in the Midlands, he maintained an interest in The Saddlers and was a member of the Former Players Association, with whom he attended our pre-season friendly with Aston Villa during the summer.
The thoughts of everyone here at Banks's Stadium are with his family and friends at this sad time.