West Bromwich Albion Former Players Association is saddened to hear of the passing of former player Paul Holmes after a long illness.

Paul, who started his playing career at Doncaster Rovers, spent time at Torquay United and Birmingham City before gaining a big money move to Goodison Park in March 1993.

Paul spent three years with Everton before transferring to Albion in January 1996 as a utility defender and midfield player, who could play in any position at the back or the middle of the park. After making 113 appearances plus one substitute appearance for the ‘Throstles’ in a three year spell at The Hawthorns, Paul returned to the south coast with Torquay in 1999 eventually retiring in 2003 to take up a coaching position at Plainmoor, on the back of making nearly 500 Football League appearances  with his various clubs in a wonderful career.

Paul was a lovely man, with time for everybody, and not an ego in sight and will be sorely missed by his family and friends, including of course all that knew and played alongside him in his time with West Bromwich Albion Football Club.

Our sincerest condolences go to his family at this very sad time.