Tom Pearson

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Tom Pearson
Personal information
Full name Thomas Pearson
Date of birth 20 May 1866
Place of birth West Bromwich, England
Date of death 4 July 1918(1918-07-04) (aged 52)
Place of death West Bromwich, England
Playing position Inside-left
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1886–1894 West Bromwich Albion 138 (72)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Pearson (20 May 1866 – 4 July 1918) was an English footballer who played at inside-left.


Pearson was born in West Bromwich. He turned professional with West Bromwich Albion in April 1886 and made his debut in February 1887 against Notts County in the sixth round of the FA Cup.[1] Tom Pearson made his League debut on 8 September 1888, as a forward for West Bromwich Albion in a 2–0 win against Stoke at the Victoria Ground. Tom Pearson scored his debut League goal on 15 September 1888 at County Ground against Derby County FC. West Bromwich Albion won the match 2-1. He played all of the "Throstles" 22 Football League matches and scored twelve League goals in season 1888-89 and was part of a forward-line that scored three goals or more in a League match on five occasions. Tom Pearson scored one hat-trick and two-in-a-match on two separate occasions in season 1888-89.[2] He became the first player to score a league hat-trick for Albion when he scored three goals in the club's 5–0 win against Derby County on 6 October 1888.[3] In a friendly match at home against Aston Villa on 11 January 1892, Pearson took Albion's first ever penalty kick, but failed to score when he struck the ball over the crossbar.[4] He was Albion's top league scorer during their first five seasons in the Football League, including two seasons tied with Billy Bassett for the honour.[5] Pearson retired in May 1894 due to a serious leg injury.[1] He died in West Bromwich in 1918.

Described in one source as a brilliant inside-left, who had endurance, resolution, high-quality shooting power (with both feet) and a distinctive short gait. A natural goalscorer, whose alertness and presence of mind brought him well over 150 goals.[6]


West Bromwich Albion


  • Matthews, Tony; Mackenzie, Colin (1987). Albion! A Complete Record of West Bromwich Albion 1879-1987. Breedon Books. ISBN 0-907969-23-2. 
  • Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-474-4. 
  • Matthews, Tony (2007). West Bromwich Albion: The Complete Record. Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-565-4. 
  1. ^ a b Matthews (2005) pp. 173–174.
  2. ^ "English National Football Archive". Retrieved 25 March 2018.  (registration & fee required)
  3. ^ Matthews (2007) p. 176.
  4. ^ Matthews; Mackenzie (1987) p. 250.
  5. ^ Matthews (2007) p. 170.
  6. ^ Matthews, Tony (2012). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion 1878 - 2005. Derby Books. pp. 173–174. ISBN 978-1-78091-154-0.