Tomáš Holý

Tomáš Holý (Czech pronunciation: [ˈtomaːʃ ˈɦoliː]; born 10 December 1991) is a Czech professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Ipswich Town.

Tomáš Holý
Holý playing for Gillingham in 2018
Personal information
Full name Tomáš Holý[1]
Date of birth (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth Rychnov nad Kněžnou, Czechoslovakia
Height 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Ipswich Town
Number 1
Youth career
2006–2010 Hradec Králové
2010–2011 Sparta Prague
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2017 Sparta Prague B 12 (0)
2013–2014Vlašim (loan) 9 (0)
2014–2015Viktoria Žižkov (loan) 41 (0)
2015–2017Fastav Zlín (loan) 20 (0)
2017–2019 Gillingham 97 (0)
2019– Ipswich Town 57 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Czech Republic U16 3 (0)
2007–2008 Czech Republic U17 3 (0)
2008–2009 Czech Republic U18 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:16, 22 April 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:19, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

Holý started his professional career at Sparta Prague, having previously being part of the Hradec Králové youth system. He featured for Sparta Prague's reserve team Sparta Prague B during the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons. During his time with Sparta Prague, he spent time out on loan at Vlašim, Viktoria Žižkov and Fastav Zlín. In January 2016, Holý moved to English football to join Gillingham. He spent two and a half seasons at Gillingham, making over 100 appearances before joining Ipswich Town on a free transfer in June 2019.

He has won youth level caps for the Czech Republic at U16, U17 and U18 levels.

Club career

Sparta Prague

Born in Rychnov nad Kněžnou, Czechoslovakia, Holý signed for Czech side Sparta Prague in 2010, at the age of eighteen, having previously been with Hradec Králové since the age of fourteen.[2] He made his career league debut for AC Sparta Prague B on 11 June 2011 in a Czech 2. Liga 1–2 home loss against FK Varnsdorf.[3] He made 11 appearances during the 2011–12 season.[4] During his time with the club he was loaned to Czech sides Vlašim, Viktoria Žižkov and Fastav Zlín. At Zlín he made 20 appearances in the Czech First League, the top level of the Czech football league system.[5]


Holý signed a two and a half year contract with EFL League One side Gillingham on 20 January 2017.[6][7] Commenting on the signing, Gillingham head coach Adrian Pennock said "He is a good size, a good presence, he kicks it well, handles it well and it is good competition for Stuart Nelson, that’s what we need".[8] He made his debut for the side on 25 March 2017 in the home 0–1 loss to Peterborough United.[9] He went on to make 6 appearances during the second half of the 2016–17 season.[10]

He established himself as the first choice keeper at Priestfield Stadium during the 2017–18 season, making 49 appearances in all competitions, keeping 10 clean sheets.[11]

He kept his place for the 2018–19 season, making 52 appearances over the course of the season, keeping 15 clean sheets.[12] He was offered a new contract by Gillingham at the end of the 2018–19 season but he ultimately declined the contract.[13]

Ipswich Town

On 24 May 2019, Holý agreed to join Ipswich Town on a two-year deal upon the expiry of his Gills contract.[14] He was given the number 1 shirt upon joining the club.[15]

Holy made his debut for the club on 3 August 2019, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 away win over Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium, on the opening day of the 2019–20 season.[16] He kept six clean sheets in the first ten league games of the season, including a run of five consecutive clean sheets in the league, equaling a club record.[17] On 26 November, Holý saved a penalty in a 0–0 home draw with Wycombe Wanderers at Portman Road.[18] He competed with on loan goalkeeper Will Norris for a starting place in the team during the season, making 25 appearances in all competitions during his first season at Ipswich, keeping 10 clean sheets.[19]

On 6 July 2020, Ipswich announced that they had taken up the option to extend Holý's contract by an additional year, keeping him at the club until 2022.[20] Despite the 2019–20 season being disappointing for Ipswich Town, who finished 11th despite being considered as promotion contenders, Holy was able to retain his place as first-choice goalkeeper for the start of the 2020–21 season.

International career

Holý has been capped by the Czech Republic at U16, U17 and U18 levels.[21]

Career statistics

As of match played 20 April 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
DivisionAppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Sparta Prague B 2010–11[5] Czech 2. Liga 10000010
2011–12[5] Czech 2. Liga 1100000110
2012–13[5] Czech 2. Liga 00000000
Total 120000000120
Vlašim (loan) 2013–14[5] Czech Národní Liga 90000090
Viktoria Žižkov (loan) 2013–14[5] Czech Národní Liga 1400000140
2014–15[5] Czech Národní Liga 2701000280
Total 410100000420
Fastav Zlín (loan) 2015–16[5] Czech First League 2000000200
2016–17[5] Czech First League 00100010
Total 200100000210
Gillingham 2016–17[10] League One 6000000060
2017–18[11] League One 450301000490
2018–19[12] League One 460501000520
Total 9708020001070
Ipswich Town 2019–20[19] League One 21020002[lower-alpha 1]0250
2020–21[22] League One 360001000370
Total 570201020620
Career total 236012030202530
  1. Appearances in EFL Trophy


  1. "Notification of shirt numbers: Ipswich Town" (PDF). English Football League. p. 34. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  2. "Big interview: Tomas Holy on battling with Bart, basketball beginnings and the idol you won't have heard of". East Anglian Daily Times. 17 July 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  3. "Sparta Praha II vs. Varnsdorf – 11 June 2011 – Soccerway". Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  4. "Tomáš Holý at Soccerway". Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  5. Tomáš Holý at Soccerway. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  6. "Gillingham: Tomas Holy signs two-and-a-half deal with Gills". BBC Sport. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  7. "Ze Zlína do Anglie. Brankář Holý uspěl na testech, zachytá si třetí ligu". 20 January 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  8. "Tomas Holy signing improves competition in the goalkeeper department at Gillingham". Kent Online. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  9. Report, Match. "MATCH REPORT". Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  10. "Games played by Tomáš Holý in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  11. "Games played by Tomáš Holý in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  12. "Games played by Tomáš Holý in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  13. "Tom Eaves and Tomas Holy offered new contracts by Gillingham". BBC Sport. 20 May 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  14. "Town Agree Deal To Sign Tomas Holy". 24 May 2019.
  15. "Town Announce 2019/20 Squad Numbers". 18 July 2019.
  16. "Burton Albion 0–1 Ipswich Town". BBC Sport. 3 August 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  17. "Stu says: Five observations following Ipswich Town's 4–1 home win against Tranmere". East Anglian Daily Times. 28 September 2019. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  18. "Ipswicb Town 0–0 Wycombe Wanderers". BBC Sport. 26 November 2019. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  19. "Games played by Tomáš Holý in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  20. "Options Taken Up On Duo". Ipswich Town F.C. 6 July 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  21. "Blues in Talks to Sign Gills Keeper". 18 May 2019.
  22. "Games played by Tomáš Holý in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2019.