Greg Pearson

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Greg Pearson
Personal information
Full name Greg Edward Pearson[1]
Date of birth (1985-04-03) 3 April 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Brackley Town
Number 17
Youth career
1999–2001 Coventry City
2001–2004 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 West Ham United 0 (0)
2004 Barnet (loan) 10 (1)
2004 Lincoln City (loan) 3 (1)
2004–2005 Canvey Island (loan) 5 (2)
2005–2006 Rushden & Diamonds 29 (1)
2006 Hucknall Town (loan) 4 (2)
2006–2008 Bishops Stortford 66 (42)
2008–2012 Burton Albion 128 (37)
2011–2012 Aldershot Town (loan) 5 (0)
2012 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 9 (3)
2012–2013 Grimsby Town 12 (2)
2013 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 6 (1)
2013–2014 Nuneaton Town 13 (0)
2013 Hednesford Town (loan) 7 (1)
2014- Brackley Town 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:40, 21 April 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Greg Edward Pearson (born 3 April 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Brackley Town.

His previous clubs include West Ham United, Barnet, Lincoln City, Canvey Island, Rushden & Diamonds, Hucknall Town, Bishop's Stortford, Burton Albion, Aldershot Town, Crewe Alexandra, Grimsby Town and Kidderminster Harriers.

Career[edit]

After beginning his career as a schoolboy with Coventry City[3] before joining the youth squad at West Ham United on a two-year Scholarship and one year professional contract before signing another professional contract,[3] He spent the final three months of the 2003–04 season on loan with Barnet[3][4] in the Conference National, he had short loan spells at Lincoln City[3][5] and non-League Canvey Island in December 2004.[6]

After four and a half years at West Ham, he joined League Two side Rushden & Diamonds[7] on a two-year contract.[8] On 18 October 2005 having scored the crucial goal in the 1–0 victory over previous years finalists Southend United in the LDV Vans Trophy,[9] Pearsons time at Rushden was an unsuccessful one as he went on to score only one goal in 29 league games and on 21 February 2006 he went out on loan for one month at Conference North side Hucknall Town.[10]

Bishop's Stortford[edit]

2006–07[edit]

After leaving Rushden, Pearson joined Bishops Stortford, he made his debut on 17 February 2007 in the 3–2 home defeat of Sutton United.[11] On 3 March 2007 Pearson scored his 1st goal for his new team in a 3–1 defeat at the hands of Farnborough Town, he grabbed a consolation goal on 75 minutes, shooting home from a corner.[12] On 20 March 2007 he scored the 2 crucial goals in the 1–2 away victory against Hayes, he scored the equaliser on 41 minutes after a free-kick right to left of the box was headed to Pearson who then scored, the second came on 50 minutes when Turner's through ball set up Pearson who held the defender off well before shooting past Davies for a brace.[13] On 3 April 2007 he scored the first goal in the 2–2 draw against Newport County on 13 minutes when a through ball released John Turner who passed across for Pearson who then scored.[14] On 7 April 2007 in the 4–3 victory over Dorchester Town Pearson put them 3–0 up when he came on as a substitute for the unwell Essandoh on 26 minutes and taking 4 minutes to score from a through ball, bypassing the defence before shooting into the net.[15] On 14 April 2007 Pearson scored an equaliser to make it 1–1 against Bedford Town, Roy Essandoh's low cross on the left flank reached the near post where Pearson swept the ball into the opposite corner, the game finishing 2–2.[16]

On 2 May 2007 in the Conference South play-off semi-final 1st leg against Salisbury City Pearson scored the opening goal in the 1–1 draw on 54 minutes, he managed to score from 7 yards out with his back to the goal.[17]

2007–08[edit]

The following season on 18 August 2007 Pearson scored his 1st goal of the season in the 0–2 win at Bognor Regis Town scoring the 2nd goal from the penalty spot on 58 minutes.[18] On 25 August 2007 he scored the winning goal on 24 minutes after he swept the ball in after Roy Essandoh's header hit the post in the 1–0 victory over Thurrock.[19] On 27 August 2007 Pearson scored the 1st two goals within 60 seconds of each other on 55 minutes in the 2–4 win at Cambridge City, the first came when he latched onto a through ball by Jason Mason and tucked the ball underneath the keeper, his 2nd was a superb volley seconds later.[20] On 7 September 2007 Greg Pearson's powerful free-kick gave the hosts the lead after only two minutes in the 3–4 thriller against St Albans City.[21][22] On 18 September 2007 Pearson scored a hat-trick in a 6–2 thrashing of Hampton & Richmond Borough, he scored the 2nd goal from the penalty spot on 28 minutes, he then scored the 3rd goal breaking well on 43 minutes, Pearson then completed his hat-trick on 60 minutes with a superb edge of the box shot.[23]

On 29 September 2007 Pearson scored two goals to secure a 1–2 away win, and through to the Third Round Qualifying of the FA Cup at St Albans City, scoring on 24 minutes with a 20 yard free-kick into the corner of the net, then on 56 minutes he scored the 2nd going in off the far post after a through ball by Jack Midson.[24][25] but failed to hit the net on 13 October 2007 in the next round, losing 1–0 against Wealdstone.[26]

On 6 October 2007 in the 2–2 draw with Eastleigh, Pearson scored his tenth goal of the season with a header from a cross whipped in from Alex Martin.[27] On 20 October 2007 Pearson scored a hat-trick in the 0–4 win at Weston-super-Mare, he scored the 2nd goal on 35 minutes with the initial shot being saved, but the ball bounced back to the Blues forward and he scored from an acute angle, then on 71 minutes he latched onto a through ball and he curled the ball to the keeper's left from eight yards out, he scored the 4th goal to complete the route on 80 minutes smashing it in from 10 yards to complete his hat-trick.[28]

On 7 November 2007 Bishops Stortford manager Martin Hayes said "Pearson will not be sold cheaply. I am pleased for Greg that he has been recognised and he has put himself out. He travels a long way to play for us and there were people (Rushden and Diamond and West Ham) that doubted him," he said, after Pearson won the Conference South Player of the Month for October 2007.[29] On 24 November 2007 in the FA Trophy third qualifying round 2–1 victory against Hampton & Richmond Borough, Pearson scored the equalising goal, latching onto a back pass by Ryan Lake and rounded Hampton keeper Matt Lovett before slotting in from an acute angle.[30] On 15 December 2007 Pearson scored a hat-trick in the first round proper of the FA Trophy against Canvey Island, scoring the 1st goal a low shot on 19 minutes, he scored the 2nd goal for his side on 26 minutes after good work by Jack Midson to flick in and on 77 minutes Pearson put them 6–0 up when he headed in Deen's corner while completely unmarked, it was his third hat-trick of the 2007–08 season and he now had 17 goals.[31]

On 22 December 2007 he scored the winning goal in the 1–0 victory over Sutton Utd, stabbing the ball in from six yards after Danny Harris rounded the keeper prior to passing to Pearson.[32] On 26 December 2007 against Braintree Pearson made it 2–2 on 24 minutes after turning the ball in from a Deen's cross, Braintree went on to win 3–4.[33] On 28 December 2007 as Bishops Stortford were chasing a play-off spot, Pearson scored all 4 goals in the 4–0 thrashing of Cambridge City, his first in the 15th minute with a miscued shot which fell to Pearson, David Theobald dived in to block, but the ball fell back to Pearson who rifled the ball home, in the 23rd minute he scored from the penalty spot and then in the 56th minute Pearson for his hat-trick sliding home Jack Midson’s pinpoint centre, his final goal of the match came in the 72nd minute with another penalty after he had been upended by Lee Chaffey.[34]

The following calendar year on 1 January 2008 Pearson scored the opening goal in the 2–1 defeat at Braintree, controlling the ball and firing in from close range Danny Harris headed the ball back into the danger zone.[35] On 8 January 2008 Pearson scored the 2nd goal in the 4–1 win against Havant & Waterlooville on the stroke of half-time, Loui Fazakerley providing the cross from which Pearson finished.[36] Having not scored in the last six matches, On 12 February 2008 Pearson scored a brace in the 0–4 away win at Dorchester Town, he scored the 3rd goal on 72 minutes as the ball was pushed back from a corner for Pearson to score, he scored the final goal of the game 3 minutes later from a cross into the six-yard box for Pearson to grab his second.[37] On 8 March 2008 Pearson scored an equaliser on 47 minutes in the 1–2 away victory against Havant & Waterlooville.[38] On 22 March 2008 Pearson scored a 77th minute equaliser in the 2–2 draw against Hayes and Yeading to keep Bishops Stortford in 5th position.[39] On 26 April 2008 he scored an 83rd minute equaliser in the 1–1 home draw against Bath City from Ahmed Deen's wonderful cross from the left to the near post was flicked in by Pearson.[40]

He went on to score 42 goals in 67 games in two seasons.[41] While at Bishops Stortford Pearson won the Conference South player of the year[42] and golden boot.

Burton Albion[edit]

2008–09[edit]

After spending the whole pre-season on trial with Notts County,[43][7] on 26 July 2008 Pearson joined Burton Albion on a two-year contract,[42] reportedly paying over £10,000 for his services.[41] On 9 August 2008 he scored the crucial goal on his debut for the Brewers, a close range effort after 2 minutes in the 0–1 away win at Salisbury City.[44] Pearson scored in 4 consecutive games, on 16 August 2008 from an equalising penalty against Woking, which Burton went on to win 3–2.[45] In the following game on 23 August 2008, Pearson scored in the 4–3 away defeat at Histon, another penalty in the 45th minute for his 3rd goal of the season.[46] Two days later on 25 August 2008 he scored the opening goal on 31 minutes, slotting home from close range in the 2–2 draw against Kidderminster.[47] His 5th goal of the season came in a 5–2 home win against Lewes, scoring the opening goal from close range in the 10th minute.[48] Pearson received his first yellow card of the season the following week on 6 September 2008, in the 4–1 loss against Stevenage.[49] On 13 September 2008 he scored the equaliser in the 4–1 draw against Weymouth, converting a cross from Jody Banim at close range.[50] On 22 September 2008 he scored the winner in the 0–1 away match at Kettering after a confusion between Guy Branston and the goalkeeper Lee Harper for Pearson to pounce 11 minutes from time.[51] On 4 October 2008 Pearson scored 2 goals in the 2–1 win at the Pirelli Stadium, after conceding the opening goal against Crawley, but after 37 minutes a free-kick from Marc Goodfellow which Pearson volleyed in his 8th goal of the season from eight yards, his 2nd came from a 90th minute penalty which he scored to clinch the game.[7][52]

Pearsons 10th goal of the season came 7 games later on 15 November 2008 in the 0–1 victory at Lewes after Aswad Thomas felled Lee Morris and Greg Pearson converted the penalty right before half-time.[53] On 29 November 2008 he scored the opener in the 2–0 win against Eastbourne from the penalty spot in the 56th minute, after Shaun Harrad was fouled in the box.[54] On 6 December 2008 Pearson scored the 3rd goal for his side, converting another penalty on 58 minutes, in the 2–3 victory at Forest Green Rovers, he also received his 2nd yellow card of the campaign in the 82nd minute.[55] After coming on as a substitute in the 60th minute on 9 December 2008, Pearson scored the final goal to make it a 3–1 win against Cambridge United with 6 minutes to go, a breakaway move saw Gilroy release Pearson, running at their central defenders he cut in from the left and held off his marker to fire a superb right-footed shot from 12 yards into the far corner.[56]

Pearson helped Burton Albion into the Football League that season scoring 18 league goals and 20 in all competitions.

2009–10[edit]

On 8 August 2009 Pearson scored Burton's first-ever Football League goal in their 3–1 away defeat to Shrewsbury Town.[57] On 12 December 2009 he scored Burton's first-ever Football League hat-trick during a 6–1 victory over Aldershot Town, he scored the opening goal from the penalty spot in the 31st minute when Chris Blackburn was deemed to have handled the ball in the box, 8 minutes later he scored the 2nd goal with Steve Kabba putting Pearson through on goal, composing himself well before firing low past the helpless Ruiz, his 3rd goal was scored with seconds remaining till half-time from a corner as Pearson got a slight touch to put the ball into the net.[58]

On 26 April 2010 Pearson signed a new two-year deal, keeping him at the Brewers until 2012.[59] On 8 May 2010 Pearson opened the deadlock in the 10th minute, scoring from the edge of the area to the top left corner of the goal in a 3–0 Albion victory at the Pirelli Stadium on the final day of the 2009/10 season that sentenced Grimsby Town to non-league football for the first time in their history.[60]

2010–11[edit]

The following season Pearson had not played since the opening day of the season having only played 13 minutes as a substitute in the 2–2 draw against Torquay United[61] after fracturing a big toe in training with more than two months on the sidelines.[62]

2011–12[edit]

In November 2011 Pearson completed a loan signing with Aldershot Town until 7 January 2012.[63]

In January 2012 Pearson went out on-loan again, this time to Crewe Alexandra.[64] He scored on his debut on 14 January in a 0–1 away win at Oxford United, Matt Tootle re-found Nick Powell and his skill unlocked the Oxford defence before his low cross was touched home by Pearson from close range just ahead of Michael Duberry.[65] On 21 January 2012 he scored an equaliser against Dagenham & Redbridge, dispatching his shot on the half volley for his second goal in as many games, Crewe went on to win 4–1.[66] Pearsons loan was extended for another 2 months with Crewe manager Steve Davis stating “Our own forwards have not been scoring enough goals, but Greg has shown he can." "He gets into the six-yard box and gives us a physical presence up there."[67] On 25 February 2012 he put his side 3–1 up in the eventual 3–3 draw at home to AFC Wimbledon after some splendid forward play from Pearson. He held off the intentions of former defender Mat Mitchel-King before turning and volleying past Brown after a cross from Luke Murphy had taken a deflection and looped into the air.[68]

On 20 March 2012 Pearson was recalled by Burton Albion due to his goal scoring exploits at Crewe, Burton caretaker manager Gary Rowett said "It makes sense to bring Greg back as we've scored once in six games and he's been out at Crewe scoring goals."[69]

Grimsby Town[edit]

Following his release from Burton Albion in May, Pearson signed a one-year contract for Conference National side Grimsby Town on 7 July 2012.[70][71] He previously had a trial with the Mariners on 29 November 2004, when he was just 19 years of age.[3]

Pearson scored his first two goals for Grimsby on 27 August 2012 against Mansfield Town, scoring the second goal of the game after great work by Aswad Thomas to beat his marker for pace, but was brought down in the box, up came Pearson to confidently score the penalty kick on 45 minutes, he scored the 4th goal of the game on 76 minutes with a superb flick on at the front post that looped over the head of the head of the helpless Marriott into the net, the game finishing a 4–1 to the Mariners.[72] On 15 December 2012 he scored the 3rd goal of the game in the 4–0 thrashing of Havant & Waterlooville in the FA Trophy, a glancing header, from a cross first-time by Marcus Marshall.[73]

On 8 February 2013 after struggling to break into the club's first team he was loaned out to Kidderminster Harriers on loan until the end of the season. He made his debut in a 4–0 away win at Hyde coming on as a substitute and scoring the 4th goal.[74][75] Pearson left Grimsby who at the time were leading the Conference for a Kidderminster side who were just outside the play-offs, by the end of the season Kidderminster who having beaten Grimsby on their way had got themselves into 2nd place and with a chance of becoming champions on the final day of the season, but despite beating Stockport County, they were unable to overhaul Mansfield Town and had to settle for a place in the play-offs. Both Kidderminster and Grimsby were defeated in the semi-finals and Pearson returned to Grimsby on 3 May 2013, where he was released.[76]

Nuneaton Town[edit]

On 4 July 2013 Pearson signed a one-year deal with Nuneaton Town.[77] In July 2014 he joined Brackley Town.[78]

International career[edit]

On 27 October 2008, Pearson was named in the England C 16-man squad to face Italy Lega Pro in Group A of the International Challenge Trophy on 12 November,[79] but Pearson had to drop out due to educational commitments for his degree in physiotherapy.[80]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 2 February 2013[81][82][83][84]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy FA Trophy Play-offs Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barnet (loan) 2003–04 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1
Lincoln City (loan) 2004–05 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Canvey Island (loan) 2004–05 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Rushden & Diamonds 2005–06 22 1 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 27 2
Hucknall Town (loan) 2005–06 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Rushden & Diamonds 2006–07 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Bishop's Stortford 2006–07 12 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 14 7
2007–08 46 27 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 51 33
Total 58 33 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 4 2 1 65 40
Burton Albion 2008–09 39 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 43 19
2009–10 42 14 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 46 14
2010–11 35 5 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 39 5
2011–12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Total 128 37 5 0 2 0 2 0 3 1 0 0 140 38
Aldershot Town (loan) 2011–12 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Crewe Alexandra (loan) 2011–12 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 3
Grimsby Town 2012–13 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 14 3
Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 2012–13 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Career Total 268 81 11 2 3 0 3 1 8 6 2 1 295 91

Personal life[edit]

Pearson studied a three-year degree in physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham[7][85] while being on a part-time basis at Burton Albion,[59] he finished his studies in 2010 and then became a full-time player for them.[59]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Burton Albion
Grimsby Town

Individual[edit]

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