Mark Pearson (footballer)

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Mark Pearson
Personal information
Date of birth (1939-10-28) 28 October 1939 (age 77)
Place of birth Ridgeway, Derbyshire, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]
Playing position Inside forward
Youth career
1955–1957 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1963 Manchester United 68 (12)
1963–1965 Sheffield Wednesday 39 (9)
1965–1968 Fulham 58 (7)
1968–1969 Halifax Town 5 (0)
0000 Bacup Borough
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mark Pearson (born 28 October 1939) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League as an inside forward for Manchester United, Sheffield Wednesday, Fulham and Halifax Town.[2]

Born in Ridgeway, Derbyshire, Pearson joined Manchester United as a trainee in 1955 and signed professional forms two years later.[1] He made his first-team debut on 19 February 1958 as part of the makeshift side that beat Sheffield Wednesday in United's first game after the Munich Air Crash.[3] He was involved in two of the three goals, and The Times' correspondent was impressed:

But it was the performance of two young men, Cope at centre-half and the 17-year-old [sic] Pearson at inside-left, that left us rubbing our eyes in astonishment. Their maturity, polish, and skill left one wondering what other magic is hidden away in Old Trafford.[4]

Pearson, nicknamed "Pancho" due to the Mexican appearance that his sideburns gave him,[5] played for the club until 1964, making 80 appearances and scoring 14 goals, when he was sold to Sheffield Wednesday for a £17,000 fee. He did not make United's side for the 1963 FA Cup Final, where they defeated Leicester City 3-1 to clinch their first major trophy of the post-Munich era.

[1] In 1965, Pearson joined Fulham and played a pivotal role in the club's escape from relegation in the 1965–66 season. Fulham seemed doomed until a 2–0 win against Liverpool, runaway league leaders and eventual champions, in which Ian St John was sent off for punching Pearson,[6] sparked them into a sequence of 10 wins from their last 13 matches.[7] He left Fulham for Halifax Town in 1968.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Mark Pearson". MUFCInfo. Mark Graham. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Mark Pearson". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Roberts, John (27 January 2008). "United in grief - and in hope". The Observer. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Proud Achievement By Manchester United. Young Forwards Rise To The Occasion In F.A. Cup". The Times. 20 February 1958. p. 12. 
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  6. ^ "Leaders Confounded And St. John Sent Off. Fulham Stop The Juggernaut". The Times. 28 February 1966. p. 4. 
  7. ^ "Champions Rely Too Much On Hunt's Goals". The Times. 2 May 1966. p. 4. 

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