Monday, 7 March 2011

Cult Heroes

"It can be a bit of a hinderance when you walk into a resturant for a quiet meal and one or two launch into 'pyhcho, pyhcho'!"

Stuart Pearce.  A hero to many on & off the pitch, a no nonsense defender & our latest cult hero. 

Pearce was born and raised in Hammersmith. As a youngster Pearce could be found on the piece of green outside his house kicking a ball about, be it rain wind or shine. His first taste of professional football came in the shape of his local team QPR, but after a trail with the Hoop's mounted to nothing, Pearce decided to go the route of Non league football with Wealdstone while training to be an electrician. 

In 83 Then Coventry manager Bobby Gould decided to give Pearce a taste of top flight football. Coventry paid the non-league club £30,000 for SP's services. After 2 years and over 50 games for the Sky Blues Pearce was on the move again, this time to Nottingham Forest. Pearce spent over 12 years with forest making over 420 appearances. During his time with Forest Pearce had also established himself as England's first choice left back. 

After leaving forest and entering the twilight of his career Pearce played for Newcastle, West Ham & Man City. During a game @ Upton park while playing for the Hammers Pearce broke his leg in a tackle. Pearce  simply picked himself up and carried on playing the remainder of the half. Only to be told during the half time break that he had in fact broke his leg! Pearce wanted to go back out for the second half and had to be restrained from entering the field of play... Legendary! 

It's a football thing fact: Pearce used to advertise his services as an electrician in the Forest match day program before becoming a professional footballer! 

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