Gary Holt and Adoption

Gary Holt being presented with the Capital Canaries Player of the Season trophy



Professional Athlete

Holt, a professional soccer (football) player for Kilmarnock, Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion, is an adoptee. His birth parents are Scottish, but he was adopted by a family with a father from Northern Ireland.

In 1999 he was picked for the Ulster international B team, but because eligibility is based on birth parentage, he had to be excluded.


Brodie, Malcolm. "Adopted Holt is Forced out of Northern Ireland Squad," Electronic Telegraph, 1355, 9 February 1999. Available at: