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Mark Pearson (footballer)

Personal information
Full nameMark Pearson
Date of birth28 October 1939(age 77)
Place of birthRidgeway, Derbyshire, England
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing positionInside forward

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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.

Born in Ridgeway, Derbyshire, Pearson joined Manchester United as a trainee in 1955 and signed professional forms two years later. 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. He was involved in two of the three goals, and The Times correspondent was impressed: Pearson, nicknamed "Pancho", 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.

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, sparked them into a sequence of 10 wins from their last 13 matches. He left Fulham for Halifax Town in 1968.

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