Apr 18 2012 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
MEET Airdrie’s lucky promotion mascot – striker Derek Holmes.
When it comes to being successful and climbing the divisions, the 33-year-old has done both more than most.
Hitman Holmes has been promoted five times during his career with Ross County, Bournemouth, Carlisle United (twice) and St Johnstone.
Now the Diamonds faithful are hoping he will make it six of the best by helping Airdrie into the Irn-Bru First Division.
He told Advertiser Sport: “A lot of people have spoken to me about this. I’ve been very lucky.
“I was promoted at Ross County after leaving Hearts and then went on to Bournemouth and was promoted through the play-offs in 2003.
“At Carlisle, I was involved in the team which got back-to-back promotions. I then moved to St Johnstone and won the First Division title with them in 2009.
“It should actually be six promotions as we were sitting in second place in the table at Rotherham United in 2008 but we went into administration.
“None of the lads have said anything in the dressing-room about it. I tend not to mention this that much.
“But for a player like myself, I can’t complain. Five promotions is fantastic, a dream. It would be great to get another one here.”
Holmes netted a double at the weekend as Airdrie thrashed struggling Brechin City 4-1 to cement their place in the SFL2 promotion play-off zone.
The Diamonds travel to Dumbarton on Saturday and know a club record seventh successive win will lift them into third spot.
Holmes added: “It was a great three points against Brechin as I don’t think we played particularly well.
“But we’re gaining confidence. It will be tough at Dumbarton but we’ve got a bit of momentum going.”
*THIS week’s Airdrie United lottery numbers are as follows: 1, 7, 20 and 31.
The draw is sponsored by All Waste Recycling & Hire Ltd of Carlisle Road, Airdrie.
*TICKETS are on sale for Airdrie captain Paul Lovering’s testimonial dinner on Sunday, May 6 at the stadium.
Mitchell Gibb will compere the evening which starts at 7.30pm and features ex-referee Bobby Tait and Forfar Athletic manager Dick Campbell as guest speakers. Contact Billy Stevenson on 07846 795971 to book your place.