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Last Updated: 22/03/12 11:09am

Holdsworth: former 'Crazy Gang' member

The clock goes forward this weekend and what better way to put a spring in your step than with two hours of goals, gags and great guests on Soccer AM!?

First down the tunnel this week will be former Wimbledon star and current Aldershot Town manager Dean Holdsworth!

An original 'Crazy Gang' member, the former striker spent five years with Wimbledon, finding the back of the net 58 times in 169 appearances.

Joining the Dons from Brentford in 1992, Holdsworth immediately formed a prolific partnership with John Fashanu, but never managed to pass the 20-goal-mark which would've brought him a Ferrari or a camel, as promised by former chairman Sam Hammam!

In 1997 Holdsworth became a record signing for Bolton, after the Trotters paid Wimbledon £3.5million for his services and he repaid the club with 46 goals during his six-year stay.

Spells with Coventry, Havant & Waterlooville and Newport County, amongst others, followed before the 43-year-old took his first steps into management with Redbridge in 2007 in a player-manager role.

A year later he returned to Newport County, succeeding Peter Beadle as County boss. After an initial sticky patch, Holdsworth led the side to a play-off position in the Conference National, before taking over at Aldershot in January 2011.

The League Two side are currently 12th in the table and he will no doubt be filling us in on his work with the club and reminiscing about his eventful days with the 'Crazy Gang', too!


Taking a seat next on the orange sofas will be actor and writer/director combo Will Poulter and Dexter Fletcher!

If you're a child of the '80s there's an excellent chance you'll remember Fletcher from the childrens' TV show Press Gang, while Poulter came to fame after his starring role in the brilliant comedy drama, Son of Rambow.

The boys have since joined forces to work on the feature film Wild Bill, which has been co-written and directed by Fletcher, with Poulter in one of the leading roles.

Set in East London the film, which centres on a father-son relationship, is Fletcher's directorial debut and has seen him earn a host of impressive reviews, and we'll be asking the former child actor what it was like being on the other side of the camera for the first time.

Plus, we'll be getting both men to tell us a bit more about the plot of the film and, of course, there'll be plenty of football chat too!


Our final guest this week is the man behind the voice of Fonejacker!

British actor Kayvan Novak co-created the hilarious prank-call based show in 2005 - taking cold-calling to a whole new level in the process!

Novak has also appeared in medical drama Holby City, spy series Spooks and as an Iranian intelligence officer in the Academy Award-winning film Syriana alongside Matt Damon and George Clooney.

His new series Facejacker saw the Liverpool fan head to the good old US of A and he'll be telling us how he was received out there and what he hopes his beloved Reds can accomplish this season.

That wraps up another impressive line-up of guests, but don't forget we've got all your other favourite bits and pieces too, including Crossbar Challenge with Doncaster Rovers and Northampton's Away Days!

Plus, Tubes meets Celtic star Charlie Mulgrew, Helen spends a day with Swindon gaffer Paolo Di Canio and Jermain Defoe dishes the dirt on his Tottenham team-mates!

So tune in for Soccer AM, Sat, 10am on Sky Sports 2 HD and Sky 1 HD.