Ian Pearce

Ian Pearce
Personal information
Full name Ian Anthony Pearce
Date of birth (1974-05-07) 7 May 1974
Place of birth Bury St. Edmunds, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Oxted & District
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Chelsea 4 (0)
1993–1997 Blackburn Rovers 63 (2)
1997–2004 West Ham United 142 (9)
2004–2008 Fulham 57 (1)
2008Southampton (loan) 1 (0)
2008–2009 Oxted & District ? (?)
2009 Kingstonian ? (?)
2009–2010 Lincoln City 14 (0)
2011–2012 Kingstonian 2 (0)
2012 Lingfield
Total 283 (12)
National team
1995 England U21 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:16, 6 September 2010 (UTC).

Ian Anthony Pearce (born 7 May 1974 in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk) is an English former professional footballer who played as a defender from 1990 until 2012, notably in the Premier League for Blackburn Rovers where he won the title in 1995.

He also played top flight for Chelsea, West Ham United and Fulham. He also played in the Football League for Southampton and Lincoln City as well as Non-league sides Oxted & District, Kingstonian and Lingfield. Whilst with Lincoln he also worked as the clubs assistant manager to Chris Sutton.

Club career


Pearce started his career at Oxted & District FC then moved to Chelsea during the 1991–92 season. He played just four games in three seasons before moving onto Blackburn Rovers in October 1993 for a fee of £300,000.

Blackburn Rovers

Pearce's debut was as a substitute in October 1993 in a defeat to Liverpool. He scored his first goal in April 1994 coming on as a substitute in a 2–1 win at West Ham United, a result which guaranteed Rovers a place in Europe for the first time in their history. He moved to centre-half the following season, forming a formidable partnership with Colin Hendry, and won a Premiership medal in the 1994–95 season.

West Ham United

Pearce moved on to West Ham for £3.5 million in October 1997. In the 1999–2000 season, he only played 37 minutes after injuring his knee ligaments with a clash with Stuart Pearce. Pearce was out for 14 months, but returned in October 2000 against Newcastle United. He failed to find his true fitness, and only played 17 times in that season.


Pearce signed for Fulham in January 2004 in a deal which involved an undisclosed transfer fee and Andy Melville moving to West Ham.[1] He started all nine games of that season as Fulham's first choice centre back. He made his debut in a match against Tottenham Hotspur at Loftus Road on 31 January 2004.

However, in his 2004–05 season, he was hampered with a back injury sustained in December 2004. He did manage to play a few reserve games at the end of the season, but did not play for the first team. In August 2005, he was close to signing for Norwich City, but pulled out because of family reasons.

Pearce was praised as 'Best player in pre season' by then Fulham manager Chris Coleman. His admirable resolve was demonstrated when in a 1–1 draw against Portsmouth he played through a painful foot injury only to score an equaliser before time and secure a critical point for Fulham.[2]

On 22 February 2008, he joined Southampton on a 30-day loan deal. Injury restricted him to one appearance, in a 1–1 draw against Scunthorpe United.

Pearce had a trial for Brentford and played against Staines Town in a 3–0 win.

Later career

Pearce rejoined Oxted & District, the club where his career began, in September 2008.[3] Pearce signed for Kingstonian on 21 August 2009 as an attacking midfielder and forward and made his competitive debut for the club against Aveley. He left the club on 27 September.

On 9 October 2009, in addition to his contract as assistant manager, Pearce signed a playing contract with Lincoln City.[4] On 17 October, Pearce made his playing debut for Lincoln, coming on as a substitute in their 1–0 away defeat to Northampton Town.[5] He was sent off as an unused substitute in a match against Cheltenham Town on 14 November 2009.[6] He returned for Kingstonian on Saturday 19 March 2011, in the 2–0 win over Lowestoft Town. He later played briefly for Lingfield.

International career

Pearce was capped three times for England at under-21 level in the mid-1990s, but never made the senior national side.

Managerial career

On 27 September, Pearce signed for Lincoln City as the club's assistant manager to newly appointed Chris Sutton. He left when Chris Sutton resigned on 29 September 2010.[7]

Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1990–91ChelseaFirst Division1010
1992–93Premier League1010
1993–94Blackburn RoversPremier League5151
1997–98West Ham UnitedPremier League301301
2003–04First Division241241
2003–04FulhamPremier League1301010150
2009–10Lincoln CityLeague Two10010110
Total England 2761228612
Career total 27612604028612


  1. Pearce joins Fulham BBC Sport Online, 20 January 2004. Retrieved on 14 October 2007
  2. "Fulham 1–1 Portsmouth". BBC. 31 March 2007. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  3. "Oxted's new signing Pearce enjoys all the fun of the fair". thisissurreytoday.co.uk. 1 October 2008. Retrieved 24 November 2008.
  4. "Pearce Pens Playing Contract". Redimps.co.uk. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  5. "Northampton 1 – 0 Lincoln City". BBC News. 17 October 2009. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  6. "Lincoln City 1–1 Cheltenham". BBC News. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  7. "Sutton leaves Lincoln". BBC News. 29 September 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  8. Ian Pearce (7 May 1974). "Ian Pearce". Soccernet.espn.go.com. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
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