Academy grad Holland ranked 37 among #50GreatestHammers

Pat Holland celebrates winning the FA Cup in 1975


FA Cup winner Pat Holland is ranked at No37 in our countdown of the #50GreatestHammers, in association with Official Sleeve Partner Basset & Gold.

The winger, who was part of the team which defeated Bobby Moore's Fulham at Wembley in 1975, is named in the top 50 of the near-1,000 players to have pulled on a West Ham United shirt since the Club was formed as Thames Ironworks FC in 1895.

You will have the chance to rank the top ten soon, so keep an eye on and our official social channels for details of how you can cast your vote!


Pat Holland

Pat Holland

Years with West Ham United: 1969-81
Appearances: 304
Goals: 32

Few players spend an entire calendar decade at a club, win an FA Cup and score on their final appearance to keep their team top of the table.

Pat Holland did all those things during an outstanding career in Claret and Blue.

Born in Poplar in east London, the winger joined West Ham United as a schoolboy and came through the ranks at the Academy of Football.

Initially, first-team opportunities proved hard to come by and he played just 16 senior matches in his first four seasons as a professional.

However, the 1972/73 season proved to be Holland’s breakthrough campaign as he featured 36 times, scoring twice.

A favourite of John Lyall, Holland featured seven times in the run to the 1975 FA Cup final, scoring in the fourth-round replay win over Swindon Town and fifth-round victory over Queens Park Rangers.

He started the final on the left wing, playing a central role in Alan Taylor’s goals as the Hammers overcame former teammate Bobby Moore’s Fulham 2-0 at Wembley.#

The following season, 1975/76, he was a regular as West Ham reached the European Cup Winners’ Cup final, where he scored in the club’s 4-2 defeat by Anderlecht in Brussels.

Holland continued to star as the 1970s became the 1980s, but he was unfortunate to miss the 1980 FA Cup final.

The following season, 1980/81, proved to be his last in Claret and Blue, with a knee injury suffered in a Second Division game at Notts County in January 1981 – a match he scored in as West Ham continued their procession to the title and promotion – cutting his campaign short.

A popular player, Holland has since enjoyed a successful career as a scout with a number of London clubs.