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Dean Holdsworth

Personal information
Full nameDean Christopher Holdsworth
Date of birth8 November 1968(age 48)
Place of birthWalthamstow, England
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubAldershot Town (manager)

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Dean Christopher Holdsworth (born 8 November 1968 in Walthamstow, London) is an English former professional football player, now manager. As a striker he scored 193 goals in 610 league games over a 22 year career. Despite playing for 16 clubs in 19 spells the majority of his goals and appearances came at Brentford, Wimbledon, and Bolton Wanderers. He is currently manager of League Two side Aldershot Town.

As a player he started his career at Watford in 1986, where he spent three years before signing with Brentford, following a short loan spell. A highly successful three years followed before he was signed by Wimbledon in 1992. After another impressive three year spell he transferred to Bolton Wanderers. He spent six years at Bolton, before in 2003 joining Coventry City, Rushden & Diamonds and then back to Wimbledon. In 2004 he signed with Havant & Waterlooville, where he spent one season before joining Derby County. In 2006 he dropped out of the Football League for the final time, joining Weymouth. Short spells followed at Heybridge Swifts, Cambridge United, and Newport County.

His management career started at Redbridge in 2007. After one season there he took the reins at Newport County. In his second season with the club he took them to the Conference South title with 28 points to spare. In January 2011 he switched clubs to take charge at League side Aldershot Town.

His twin brother David is also a footballer turned football manager. David is the former manager of Conference rivals Mansfield Town, and on 18 September 2010, they became the first twins to manage against each other in the top five divisions of English football.

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