Away: The Lee family
FORMER DERBY COUNTY youngster Lee Holmes made his loan spell at St James Park permanent in the summer of 2015.
The winger made his breakthrough at Pride Park, scoring twice in forty-six appearances for the Rams in a tenure that fitted around loan spells at Swindon Town, Bradford City and Walsall.
He turned down Leeds United and Nottingham Forest to sign for Southampton in summer 2008, and he would score against the Grecians in his second game for the Saints. Released in 2012 after loan spells at Oxford and Swindon once again, he joined Preston North End, and would score six goals for the Deepdale club. From there, we went on loan to Portsmouth and then Exeter City, signing permanent terms with the Grecians at the end of the 2014/15 season.
He was Swindon's Player of the Season in 2004/05, and won League 2 in his second loan spell with the Robins in 2012. He was also a Victory Shield winner with England Under-16s in 2002.
After missing the start of the 2015/16 season with a knock, he returned to action as a half-time substitute in the 3-0 defeat to Northampton Town. He scored his first goal of the campaign in the 4-2 defeat at Accrington Stanley
, and his second came in the 2-0 away success at Mansfield Town
, the assist coming from Joel Grant
after Holmes had provided Grant with the first earlier in the game. He scored a spectacular goal from a corner against Liverpool in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round
in January, and after a strong assist contribution throughout the campaign, he was voted the Fans' Player of the Season.