First posted on Facebook 3rd January 2017
Happy 80th birthday to Davie Holt. Davie gained five Scotland caps in the mid-60s all coming in his days as a Hearts player.
However, like Ronnie Simpson, Davie represented Great Britain at the Olympics before he played for Scotland. Simpson took part in the 1948 London Olympics and Holt the 1960, Rome one. Both were Queens Park players at the time.
Davie’s first Scotland cap was quite memorable as it ended in the 79th minute, as the game between Scotland and Austria descended into a bit of a riot, with one or two punches thrown. Scotland were winning 4-1 when the ref hauled the players off.
His next two games were memorable for the wrong reasons too as Scotland lost to both the amateurs of Norway 4-3 (despite a Denis Law hat-trick) and the Republic of Ireland, who were not renowned as a good team at the time.
However, within the space of a month Davie played in an abandoned game, two defeats and finished it up nicely with a 6-2 hammering of Spain in the Bernabeu. These results were somewhat typical of Scotland in this era.
Jim Kennedy of Celtic then took over the left back position for the next few games and Holt would only play once more, coming on as a sub for Alex Hamilton in a 2-2 friendly draw against West Germany in Hanover in May 1964.Scotland were losing two nil at the time but two late goals by Alan Gilzean gave then the draw.
Holt went on to play with Hearts until 1969 then briefly playing with Partick Thistle before hanging up his boots.
Happy Birthday Davie.
(The card is from a set of ten by Phillip Neill of Scotland Internationalists of the 60s released in 2002.)