Pearson, Ian

Birth Date

18th September 1950





Biographical Text

Ian Pearson played for Exeter City between 1978 and 1981. He joined the club from Millwall and later played for Bideford. He was a member of the team that reached the 6th round of the FA Cup in 1981.

Ian was playing for Goole Town, and working as a teacher, when offered a Football League chance with Plymouth Argyle in July 1974. After 12 league matches he moved into non-league football with Wycombe Wanderers before returning to the professional ranks with Millwall where he netted nine goals in 44 appearances.

Exeter City paid £25,000 for Ian's services in November 1978 and he soon made his debut against Chester on 18 November 1978. Waiting until the 1980/81 season to cement his place, he played his part in the team reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Cup as well as scoring four goals in 41 league appearances. He will be long-remembered for his overhead kick in the 5th round FA Cup replay against Newcastle United. 

Released at the end of the 1980/81 season, Ian signed for Bideford before having a second short spell at Plymouth Argyle ahead of Western League stints back at Bideford and at Tiverton Town. 




Appearances as Substitute






Phil childs

Mr Pearson was my school games teacher in either Cheam or Ewell (probably Ewell County Secondary School in 77/78). This was about the same time as he made a few appearances for Millwall and I have memories of a hat-trick in the cup. I’m always curious what happens to folks. 

I love the game and have supported Wimbledon and AFC Wimbledon all my lif, although living in the US makes it tough to see many games. 

Ian Pearson

I think you are talking about my husband Ian who taught at Ewell County in the late 70’s. We live in Devon and he is in his 70’s and still fit and sporty. It’s lovely that you remember him and hopefully you enjoy life in the USA.

kind regards

Jacky Pearson

Darren Reed

Hi Jacky was just wondering if your husband Ian was the same Ian that worked at Bradfield House. I have fond memories of Ian Pearson at my school. Ian had played for Exeter and was a member of our house staff. Great man who was always smiling and and full of life. If this is your husband please pass on my thanks and I always think of him from time to time and watch him on youtube from time to time when played against my team the mighty Tottenham regards Darren 

Graham Edward Lowe-Lauri

I rememeber Ian Pearson very well. He was a teacher at Ewell County Secondary School. He appeared in the School Play ''The Ewell Log'' and played for Millwall while still teaching! He didnt stay long but was multi talented at all physical sports. I belive there are photographs of the school play in 1977. I will contact Mr Dover the music teacher if he has any.

                                                      Best Wishes

                                                                        Graham Lowe-Lauri

Chris Hillyer

 I remember Ian well from his teaching days at Bradfield House School, Willand, Cullompton. I taught there for two terms in 1982, teaching English.

At the time, I think he was playing for Dawlish Town FC.

Good egg, pass on my best wishes to anyone still in touch with him.

Chris Hillyer

Martin Aggett

I remember Ian well. I was a ballboy at Exeter that fab season when we got to the quarter-finals a Spurs. Ian was the milkman we lived ion Isleworth rd. Am sure he will remember me. I always remember his overhead kick and it's a travesty it is not remembered well by Exeter City fans or the media. I actually now live by Newcastle and often go and watch them! Wish him the best :-) Martin James Aggett old address 94 isleworth rd exeter

charles smith

Would be great to get in touch again . Good old college days. Love Anne and Charlie

Terry Brown

Ian was a friend of mine during our time at Hull College of Education, he was always a talented footballer and as part of the team, along with several other excellent footballers, that reached the later rounds of the College/University national cup.

He also played a season for Bridlington Town AFC in the Yorkshire League, scoring on his debut.

Ian was a multi-talented sportsaman who very quickly could turn his hand to almost any sport, he played for me as part of the volleyball team and several other sports for the College.

Kind Regards

Terry Brown

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