A number of Southampton fans have taken to social media to lavish praise on Nick Holmes, who turned out for the club between 1972 and 1987.
Holmes was part of the Saints side that won the 1976 FA Cup, whilst he made close to 450 league appearances during his time with the club.
The former midfielder turned 65 on Monday, and expected, Southampton’s official Twitter account was on hand with a special birthday message.
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And the post led to a number of Saints supporters reminiscing over the Englishman’s time at St Mary’s.
Some have even hinted that they wish characters like Holmes were still in the first team now as the club continue to struggle to pick up results, asking if he’s available for Saturday and praising his pride when wearing the shirt.
A selection of the Twitter reaction in relation to the birthday post can be seen below:
Now there was a player who had pride in his shirt
— Simon Thorpe (@dankiz1) November 11, 2019
Happy birthday Nick. Great days when we had a team that put effort in, in a ground that had some soul and atmosphere
— Paul Andrews (@PandaQuin1973) November 11, 2019
Happy Birthday Nick 🎁🎉
Are you available on Saturday?⚽️
— Don’t Worry Be Happy (@AnyBodyHealthy) November 11, 2019
Happy birthday Nick. What a truly great player he was, and he’s a lovely humble guy to-boot.
— DTagg64 (@DTagg64) November 11, 2019
One of the greats!!!!
— mick (@riverheart79) November 11, 2019
Great player, great man, Happy Birthday Saint Nick!
— Ant C (@Chmarny) November 11, 2019
What an excellent player Nick was and part of a great midfield
— Spencer Houghton (@SpencerHoughts) November 11, 2019
The rock that those great late 70’s early 80’s sides was built on . Always gave 110% . Superb !!
— Paul Rowsell (@Rowsie67) November 11, 2019