Holmes: Title win with Cobblers remains my best moment in football

'It was an unbelievable season with a great set of lads.'
Ricky Holmes and Sam Hoskins are back together again, four years after winning the League Two title.Ricky Holmes and Sam Hoskins are back together again, four years after winning the League Two title.
Ricky Holmes and Sam Hoskins are back together again, four years after winning the League Two title.

Four years on and winning the League Two title with the Cobblers under Chris Wilder still remains Ricky Holmes' 'best memory' in football.

The 33-year-old has played for some big teams during his career, including Portsmouth, Charlton Athletic and Sheffield United, but nothing can trump what he achieved with Northampton in 2015/16.

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Holmes played just twice in the league before December that season but made an explosive impact from the moment he came on and scored a wonder goal at Luton Town which, at the time, sent Cobblers to the top of the table.

Wilder's men were briefly displaced by Plymouth the following week but once they regained top spot, they never relinquished it again. Holmes played a starring role as Town finished 13 points clear of the rest, scoring 11 times many of which were goal of the season contenders.

His form earned him a move to Charlton the following summer before he was reunited with Wilder at Sheffield United, but a long-term injury has brought him back to the Cobblers on an appearance-related contract, joining fellow title-winners Nicky Adams and Sam Hoskins.

Speaking about the title win in 2016, he said: "It's my best memory in football and to be honest probably the only real success I've had in my career. I had some success in non-league but it's harder to come by when you're a professional.

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"A lot of players will go through their whole career without winning anything but we won the title and let's be honest, it was emphatic. It was an unbelievable season with a great set of lads - I just saw a photo in the tunnel of me, Nicky, Hosko and Rico (Marc Richards), who's with the youth team at the moment.

"We really got together as a whole club in that season, everyone from top to bottom knew each other and there was a great togetherness and I think that's carried on after that season.

"Since I've been here, for the last eight or nine weeks, I've noticed there's still that bond between the players. It's a great bunch of lads and the manager has been great and that was one of the reasons why I wanted to sign."

Whilst Holmes can't wait to get back on the pitch, he admits there will be one downside.

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"It's such a shame the fans can't come to games at the moment," he added. "I used to love playing at the ground and I always wanted to try and get bums off seats

"Thankfully I managed to do that last time and that's what really galvanised my career so hopefully I can do it again over the next few months and we can look forward to a bright and healthy future together."