Ricky Holmes was in the Blues Academy as part of the Centre of Excellence team for two years until 2004, but didn’t go onto make a senior appearance.
He moved to Chelmsford City where he continued to play at youth level until 2006 before stepping into the first team in the Clarets’ FA Cup game against Aldershot on 11th November 2006.
He then went on to become one of the club’s top players, and proving to be a vital asset in the promotion winning side of 2007/08 season.
During the season, he scored 16 league goals and won the club’s Player of the Year award, earning him a call up to the England C side.
At the end of the 2009/10 season Holmes finished top goal scorer with 21 goals, however he was released in May 2010 after the club allowed him to leave to join a club at a higher level.
On 15th June 2010, he signed for Barnet where he played for three years, but picked up a couple of long term injuries.
After the Bees’ relegation in 2013, Holmes signed a two-year deal at Portsmouth amid strong interest for his signature.
The 30-year-old made over 50 appearances at Fratton Park but now plies his trade at Blues’ opponents this weekend, Charlton Athletic.
Last season he scored 13 goals in 38 appearances and so far this season he has been on the scoresheet twice, one against his former club Northampton and another at Oldham last weekend.