FEATURE: Abby Holmes on 75 Durham Games, Goals & The Fans

Abby Holmes became the latest member of Durham Women’s squad to hit a major appearance landmark last month.

The all-action defender made her 75th appearance in the clash at Liverpool, becoming the 13th player in the club’s history to reach that milestone.

And while she wasn’t aware that the big number was looming, that didn’t dilute the significance for Holmes.

“I actually didn’t know about it!,” she laughed when we sat down to reflect on the landmark.

“But I’m really pleased to hit 75 appearances. It wasn’t the performance we needed [at Liverpool] but we just need to finish off strongly now.

“It’s a real achievement and something to be proud of.

“I obviously would have liked a few more but I’ve had a few slight injuries along the way.

“But I’m really proud to have represented this club for 75 games.”

Holmes joined the club in 2018 after a spell in the Netherlands with PEC Zwolle, and her time at New Ferens Park has coincided with some real highs.

From record league finishes to cup runs – and the odd giant-killing – there are plenty of positive memories to reflect upon.

But which games stand out as the defender’s favourites?

“Probably the Manchester United game a few years ago, when we won 3-1 at New Ferens Park.

“And also the recent one against them at Maiden Castle too.

+++ during the FA WSL2 game between Durham Women’s FC v Manchester United WFC, at New Ferens Park, Durham, Co. Durham, England on the 9th Dec 2018. Durham Women’s FC 3 – 1 Manchester United WFC (George Ledger Sports Photography)

“The Chelsea game with a record crowd in was good too.”

And sprinkled in among her 75 appearances for the Wildcats have been half a dozen goals – which, it’s fair to say, have ranged from the sublime to the scrappy.

And there’s a clear standout strike that will live long in the memory for Holmes and supporters alike.

“My main job is defending – but I like bombing forward and adding a few goals to my tally every year,” admitted the defender.

“My favourite one was probably against Blackburn this season, running from the halfway line and then getting to celebrate with Wills was a lovely thing.”

Holmes’ final word was for the Durham fans, who have given her immense backing since her arrival.

“It’s always brilliant to feel appreciated,” she said.

“They have a real commitment to the club and it’s always great to see them.”

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