Stuart Holden retires from professional football

Ex-midfielder calls time on playing career and offers special message to Bolton fans

Stuart Holden has announced his retirement from professional football.

The former Bolton Wanderers midfielder became a fan favourite during his time with club between 2010 and 2014.

He was signed by Owen Coyle in January 2010 and went on to make a total of 38 appearances, scoring two goals.

And after a prolonged battle against injury, the American international has now been forced to call time on his career aged 30.

Holden, who has recently celebrated becoming a father, penned a touching retirement letter which was published on

He also spoke to to offer some words of wisdom after hanging up his boots.

“From day one I was welcomed to the club with open arms and I have felt part of the Bolton Wanderers family ever since.

“I will always be a Bolton Wanderers supporter and the club will forever hold a special place in my heart. I’m already looking forward to the next opportunity at which I’m able to come back and say hello to everyone.

“If all we have now are memories then let’s remember the best – beating Blackburn Rovers 2-1 on derby day and going absolutely nuts!”

Thanks for the memories, Stu!

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