Club Records- Managers- Dean Holdsworth

Born: November 8th 1968, Walthamstow

Playing Career: Watford (from trainee)(November 1986), Carlisle United (1ML)(February 1988), Port Vale (2ML)(March 1988), Swansea City (2ML)(August 1988), Brentford (1ML) (October 1988), Brentford (September 1989), Wimbledon (July 1992), Bolton Wanderers (October 1997), Coventry City (November 2002), Rushden and Diamonds (NC)(March 2003), Wimbledon (July 2003), Havant and Waterlooville (June 2004. Player-Assistant Manager from February 2005), Derby County (Player-Assistant Manager)(August 2005), Weymouth (February 2006), Heybridge Swifts (March 2006), Havant and Waterlooville (July 2006), Cambridge United (NC)(January 2007), Newport County (NC)(February 2007), Redbridge (Player-Manager)(June 2007).

Dean was a striker who, alongside twin brother David (a centre half), began his career as a trainee with Watford.

He signed full pro forms in November 1986, but didn't make his debut until December 1987, when coming on as a substitute against Luton Town in a Division 1 match; he finished the 1987-88 season with loans at Carlisle United and Port Vale, for whom he scored once and twice respectively. Dean began the following season in similar fashion, scoring a goal for both Swansea City and Brentford before returning to Vicarage Road and scoring his first goal for the club against Blackburn Rovers in December 1988.

With his opportunities of appearing for the Hornets seemingly being limited, Dean made a permanent return to Griffin Park in September 1989 in return for a payment of £125,000 and proceeded to score 75 goals in all competitions over the next three seasons. His most successful season in a Bees shirt was 1991-92, when his overall total of 34 goals made him the club's top scorer, with 24 of those contributing to success for both player and club: Dean was the joint highest scorer in Division 3 (with Huddersfield Town's Iwan Roberts), whilst Brentford were crowned champions.

Dean's form in the Bees' title-winning season paved the way for a £720,000 move to Wimbledon in the summer of 1992 and he made an immediate impact by scoring on his debut against Coventry City in the Dons' third match of the inaugural FA Premier League season. Wimbledon's 'Crazy Gang' finished the season in a respectable 12th place, whilst Dean's tally of 19 goals saw him as the club's top scorer as well as affording him joint third spot in the scoring charts along with Newcastle United's Mickey Quinn.

Dean headed Wimbledon's goal scoring charts in two of the next four seasons: he netted 24 times in 1993-94 as the Dons attained their best-ever finish in the Premier League (sixth) and 16 goals in 1995-96. In May 1994, Dean won international honours, scoring on his sole appearance for England 'B' against Northern Ireland 'B'.

Having scored 76 goals in 208 games, his time with the Dons came to an end in October 1997, when Bolton Wanderers paid their then record fee of £3.5 million to bring him to the newly-built Reebok Stadium. Dean netted 49 times in 186 games for Bolton and then had short spells at Coventry City and Rushden and Diamonds (for whom he played in the final seven games of the season as the Division 3 title was claimed) in 2002-03 before returning to Wimbledon.

Having added three more goals to his overall tally for the Dons in the 2003-04 season, he left the professional game and joined Southern League Premier Division outfit Havant and Waterlooville. The move into non-league immediately revitalised Dean and he scored on his debut against Newport County on the opening day of the season. He was appointed as player-assistant to boss Ian Baird in February 2005 and finished the campaign having scored a total of 33 goals, which not only made him the Hawks' top scorer for 2004-05, but earned him the double accolade of the players' and supporters' 'Player of the Year' awards.

Dean eventually left Westleigh Park in August 2005 to take on the role of player-assistant at Championship side Derby County under boss Phil Brown, who had been his coach at Bolton. Following Brown's dismissal the following January, Dean left Pride Park and had brief spells at Weymouth and Heybridge Swifts, returned to Westleigh Park in the summer of 2006 and then had non-contract spells at Cambridge United and Newport County.

In June 2007, Dean was appointed as player-manager of Isthmian League Division 1 North side Redbridge, whom he led to a third-place finish in 2007-08, thus qualifying for the play-offs; they eventually lost the play-off final to Canvey Island on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

During his time as a player, Dean was chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) for three years and made a total of 400 + 130 FA Premier League and Football League appearances, scoring 163 goals.

Dean's achievements at Oakside brought him to the attention of Conference South outfit Newport County, who appointed him as their manager in May 2008 in succession to Peter Beadle who, ironically, had released Dean from Spytty Park in 2007.

He set about rebuilding the Exiles' side and, following a difficult start to the 2008-09 season, steadied the team to the point where they suffered only a handful of defeats in the last two months of the campaign and finished in a creditable tenth spot. A worthy contribution to the non-league game was made by Dean in 2009, when he founded the Non-League Footballers' Association (NLFA), an organisation dedicated to helping its members in a variety of ways, such as low-cost education, healthcare and lifestyle choices.

As pleasing as the 2008-09 season was, nothing could have prepared anyone associated with Newport for the wonderful season that was to follow. By the September, Newport went top of the table and remained there for the rest of the season, winning the title in mid-March 2010 by beating Dean's former club Havant and Waterlooville in front of a record Spytty Park crowd of 4221. In addition to that, County had a near-perfect home record, winning 18 and drawing three of their 21 games, during which the opposition scored just eight times. Furthermore, the Exiles scored the most goals in the division (93) and had the meanest defence (just 26 goals were conceded).

And if all that wasn't enough, a new club record sequence of 21 league games unbeaten was set; in fact, County lost just three league games all season and won with title with a divisional record of 103 points, which was a staggering 28 points more than runners-up Dover Athletic! And the list of Dean's achievements for 2009-10 goes on: Newport were voted the 'BBC Wales Sports Team of the Year', whilst the boss picked up the 'Blue Square South Manager of the Year' award.

By now, Dean had attained his UEFA 'A' and 'B' Licences and he was linked with the manager's job at Barnet in the summer of 2010, but chose to sign a new two-year deal with Newport. His team began the 2010-11 season where they had left off, suffering just one defeat (on the opening day) in their first dozen Blue Square Premier games. By the end of the October, a new club record of 32 consecutive home league games unbeaten had been set and, by the turn of 2011, Dean's reputation saw him linked with the managerial vacancies at League 1 sides Bristol Rovers and Walsall.

However, the lure of the Football League proved too much to resist and, following the dismissal of Shots boss Kevin Dillon two days earlier, Dean stepped up to League 2 by becoming Aldershot Town's new manager and, along with his assistant Matthew Bishop, signed a deal to remain at the EBB Stadium until the summer of 2013.

Away from his 'regular' employment, Dean has taken part in a few television programmes: he appeared on Gamesmaster (the UK's first-ever television show dedicated to computer and video games) in 1995, sports magazine show Turnstyle in 1997 plus reality shows Deadline and Cirque de Celebrité in 2007. He has also appeared as a pundit on various Sky Sports footballing broadcasts.

Picture Gallery

Press conference arriving as manager
Signing on the dotted line with Matthew Bishop
Looking to the future with the Shots scarf
Dean with Chairman Kris Machala
On the sidelines versus Crewe Alexandra in January 2011.
Pictured with supporter Frank Burt on his 97th birthday in January 2011
With Alan Mullery at a Shots Player Share Fundraiser in April 2011
Alan Mullery
Consoling a Stockport County player after being sent off in March 2011
Attending a fans forum soon after arriving at the club
Npower Manager of the Month for March 2011
All smiles as Aldershot win