Stuart Pearson

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Stuart Pearson
Personal information
Full name Stuart James Pearson
Date of birth (1949-06-21) 21 June 1949 (age 68)
Place of birth Cottingham, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1966–1968 Hull City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1974 Hull City 129 (44)
1974–1979 Manchester United 139 (55)
1979–1982 West Ham United 34 (6)
National team
1976 England U23 1 (0)
1976–1978 England 15 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stuart James Pearson (born 21 June 1949 in Cottingham, East Riding of Yorkshire) is an English former football player. His nickname was "Pancho".[1] He was a skilful forward who played in three FA Cup finals, two for Manchester United and one with West Ham United.

Playing career[edit]

Hull City[edit]

Pearson started his career with Hull City. He later joined Manchester United in 1974 for £200,000.[citation needed]

Manchester United[edit]

Pearson was bought by Manchester United after they were relegated to the Second Division and was instrumental in getting the club promoted back to the First Division the next season by scoring 17 goals. Every time he scored a goal he would celebrate with a raised right fist. He was in the team that lost 1–0 to Southampton in the 1976 FA Cup Final. The next year Pearson helped Manchester United win the 1977 FA Cup Final against Liverpool, scoring the first of Manchester United's goals in their 2–1 win. He was sidelined for most of the 1978–79 season due to a knee injury but made a full recovery before leaving Manchester United for West Ham United in August 1979.

West Ham United[edit]

He helped the Hammers win the 1980 FA Cup Final, with his cross-shot setting up Trevor Brooking for the only goal in a 1–0 win over Arsenal. During interviews after the game, Barry Davies described him as "a big occasion player" and suggested that but for his injuries he would have been England's finest striker.[citation needed]

Pearson retired from league football in 1982 due to a knee injury, but continued to play at a lower level, in South Africa and the NASL.[2]

International career[edit]

He won 15 caps for England between 1976 and 1978, scoring five goals.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Pearson moved into coaching, serving as coach of Stockport County in 1985–86 and manager of Northwich Victoria during the first half of 1986–87.[2] He became assistant manager/coach at West Bromwich Albion in 1988 and acted as caretaker manager for six games in 1991 following Brian Talbot's departure.[2] Pearson left Albion in 1992 and was assistant manager at Bradford City from 1992 to 1994.[2] He has also been a pundit for MUTV.[4] He moved to Spain in the mid-2000s.[5]


  1. ^ "Pancho Pearson Pictures and Images". Getty Images. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. pp. 264–265. ISBN 1-85983-474-4. 
  3. ^ "Stuart Pearson". The Football Association. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  4. ^ May, John (26 January 2006). "FA Cup flashback". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Stuart Pearson". West Ham United F.C. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 

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