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Thomas Usher 'Tommy' Pearson (6 March 1913 - 2 March 1999) was a Scottish professional footballer and manager.

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Playing career

Born in Edinburgh, Pearson played for Murrayfield Amateurs, and had a trial for Heart of Midlothian, but signed professional terms with Newcastle United in March 1933. He played over 200 games for Newcastle before and after the Second World War, scoring a total of 52 goals[1]. Pearson was renowned as a skilful and entertaining left winger, although he won no major honours at St James' Park

He was capped twice for Scotland in 1947, giving him a possibly unique record, having guested for the English international side during a wartime international in Newcastle when outside left Eric Brook was injured before the game. Pearson was at the match as a spectator, but agreed to turn out for England. [2][3].

In 1948, he was signed by Aberdeen for £4,000, and quickly became a crowd favourite, renowned particularly for his 'double shuffle', which baffled opposing players and spectators alike. Pearson retired at the age of 40, and took up a career as a sportswriter, often covering Aberdeen for the Scottish Daily Mail.

Managerial career

In November 1959, Pearson was appointed manager of Aberdeen, in spite of his lack of coaching or managerial experience, and the six years he had spent outside the game, albeit as an observer. Unusually, his predecessor, Davie Shaw stayed on at the club in his former capacity as coach. Pearson's time in office coincided with the departure or retirement of a number of key players, and long-term injuries to others, alleviated only briefly by the emergence of Charlie Cooke, soon on his way to Chelsea. There were a sequence of Scottish Cup exits to lower league teams, and in spite of a Summer Cup final, ultimately lost to Hibs in 1964, Pearson's reign ended with his resignation on February 13, 1965.

References

  1. ^ http://www.newcastle-online.com/nufchistory/nufcgoalscorersrecords.shtml NUFC all-time top goalscorers
  2. ^ http://homepage.ntlworld.com/mickzoe/players/newcastle_scottish_internationals.html
  3. ^ http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/lo/extra/7022508.html

Source

  • Webster, Jack (2003). The First 100 years of The Dons: The official history of Aberdeen Football Club 1903 - 2003. Hodder & Stoughton, London. ISBN 0-340-82344-5.  
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