Lee Holmes says that Kelvin Davis’s testimonial match was a special occasion that will stay with him for years to come.
Winger Holmes contributed two goals on the night for the ex-Southampton players in a 5-4 defeat to the current Saints team, but it was the evening as a whole that Holmes will remember for many reasons.
“It was unbelievable,” he told youtube.com/southamptonfc.
“I’m really proud and honoured to be a part of his special day. For so many fans to turn out and celebrate what is an unbelievable achievement by Kelvin was something I look with pride at being involved with.”
Holmes currently plays for Exeter City, and he was one of many players who made a long journey back to St Mary’s for the night to celebrate with Davis.
“Everyone has made the effort and wanted to come back, and the amount of fans that turned out is a credit to Kelvin and what people think of him,” said Holmes.
“Even Chambo [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] has driven down at 5 o’clock to be here just to visit the dressing room, which says a lot.
“Kelv’s a special guy and I think that’s why he’s had a special day.”
Former Derby youngster Holmes who played at Saints for four years between 2008 and 2012 said it was also a good night from a personal point of view.
“It was nice to get on the score sheet and the second one is probably one that will live with me for a long time,” he said.
“It was really special for me, and to play in front of the Saints faithful again was also special.”