Why Grant Holt was a Suffolk nemesis long before his Norwich City glory days

PUBLISHED: 17:33 16 June 2019 | UPDATED: 21:32 16 June 2019

Grant Holt with the trophy after playing in the Smiths Crisps Cup game against Bury St Edmunds-based school Ixworth. Picture: Grant Holt: My Autobiography

Grant Holt with the trophy after playing in the Smiths Crisps Cup game against Bury St Edmunds-based school Ixworth. Picture: Grant Holt: My Autobiography

Grant Holt: My Autobiography

The seeds of Grant Holt's derby legend status were sown as a schoolboy.

A moustachioed Holt ran riot against the Blues during City's 2011 Championship promotion season, scoring a hat-trick in a 4-1 win at Carrow Road before leading City to a famous 5-1 win at Portman Road.

But it seems Holt, who helped City to back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League, was the nemesis of a Suffolk side long before growing facial hair.

Captaining his Carlisle-based Inglewood Junior School as an 11-year-old, Holt led his side all the way to the old Twin Towers at Wembley where he scored the second in a 2-0 win over Ixworth School in Bury St Edmunds.

Holt certainly gave a taste of what's to come with a diving header at the back post before going on to climb the steps and lift the Smiths Crisps Cup trophy.

Grant Holt fires home in the 4-1 win over Ipswich Town in November 2010. Picture: PAGrant Holt fires home in the 4-1 win over Ipswich Town in November 2010. Picture: PA

The competition was open to nearly 10,000 schools from across the country with the final being played at Wembley before the Schoolboy international match.

"It was the first time I'd been to Wembley, and seeing the Twin Towers was amazing. They looked absolutely enormous. I walked out onto the pitch and stood in the centre circle at what is now the old Wembley, with the running track around it, taking it all in. It felt lie the biggest place I'd ever been to."

Explaining the game against Ixworth, he said: "Brett Swift scored to make it 1-0 and then I put us 2-0 up in the second half. You probably won't be surprised to hear my finish was a thumping header from a corner."

He added: "What an incredible feeling that was. To win, and then to walk up the famous steps as captain to lift the trophy was mind-blowing. The best thing was that I'd done it with a group of friends who I'd known since we were five years old."

Grant Holt secured legendary status at City thanks to his derby day heroics. Picture: ArchantGrant Holt secured legendary status at City thanks to his derby day heroics. Picture: Archant

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