Pearson, Ian

Birth Date

18th September 1950

Birthplace

Leeds, England

Occupation

Forward

Biographical Text

Pearson was playing for Goole Town, and working as a school teacher, when he got a Football League chance with Plymouth Argyle, signing for them in July 1974.

He went on to play in 12 league matches, then leaving to sign for Wycombe Wanderers.

He was back in League football in August 1977 though, linking up with Millwall where he netted nine goals in 44 appearances. Exeter City a fee of £25,000 for Pearson in November 1978 and he made his debut against Chester.

Pearson had to wait until the 1980-81 season before cementing a regular place in the side, as he played his part in reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, as well as scoring four goals in 41 league appearances. He will always be remembered for his overhead kick in the 5th round FA Cup replay against Newcastle United. A game City won 4-0.

By that time he was combining playing for the Grecians whilst having his own milk delivery business in Exeter. Released at the end of the 1980-81 season, he signed for Bideford.

Pearson had a second spell with Plymouth Argyle when signing for them in August 1983, adding a further 8 league outings and one goal. After leaving Argyle he signed for Bideford again and became their assistant manager. He had three years at Bideford before signing for Tiverton Town, where although his spell was brief it was fruitful.
He retired from playing after his spell at Tiverton in 1987.

Appearances

67

Appearances as Substitute

2

Goals

10

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