Blackpool chief Ollie still shudders when he thinks of the collision with Big Sam during their playing days.
The old rivals go head-to-head in a Lancashire derby at Bloomfield Road this afternoon.
Holloway, 47, said: "Sam is someone I look up to with great admiration.
"It's not affection because I don't know him so well. I remember he broke my toe - and it bloody well hurt.
"I kicked the bottom of his studs when I was at Torquay back in the 1980s and I've never felt pain like it.
"He leaned over me and said, 'Aw'right, lad?' I've never seen a bloke so big in my life.
"Sam had massive studs on a hard pitch, so was one of the old school. I bet he ate Vicks VapoRub as well."