David Pearce

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David Pearce

Appearances: 8 Goals: 2

Date / Year of birth: 7th December 1959

Position: Striker

Season of first appearance: 1978/79

Season of last appearance: 1978/79

Also played for: Millwall (1,0), Wealdstone, Harrow Borough, Hayes, Barnet, Dagenham, Wokingham Town, Kingstonian, Chertsey Town, Sutton United, Hampton and Worthing United

6' 0" tall Northolt-born player who started his career with Millwall and made a single first team appearance for the Lions during the 1977/78 season, in a Division 2 game at Bristol Rovers on 5.11.77.

David joined Margate on loan from Millwall in February 1979 and made his debut in a Southern League game against Dartford at Hartsdown on 10.2.79. He scored Margate's goal in a 1-1 draw and the Thanet Times described his performance as "promising" and said that David showed "neat touches". He also scored in his next appearance - a 2-1 win at Bridgend on 17.2.79 - but it was David's last goal for Margate. He made a total of eight appearances before returning to Millwall. However he was soon released by the Lions and dropped into non-league football where he became a prolific goalscorer.

David had a spell at Wealdstone during 1979/80, making five appearances (three as sub) before joining Harrow in February 1980.

He scored 33 goals for Harrow during the 1980/81 season and was loaned to Hayes in January 1982 before returning to Harrow for the 1982/83 campaign. During that season David scored a record 46 goals and then added another 30 goals from 59 appearances during 1983/84. In total he scored a club record 153 goals and gained an England semi-professional cap (as a sub against Italy in 1984) before moving on to Barnet for £4,000 in January 1985. David had scored 20 goals for Harrow during the season.

He went on to score three goals in 13 games for Barnet before the end of the 1984/85 season. David stayed with the Bees for the start of the 1985/86 campaign too but only made seven appearances (two as sub), scoring once.

Early in 1986 David moved to Dagenham, initially on loan, and scored once in 14 games during 1985/86. He then hit 14 goals during the 1986/87 season.

In the summer of 1987 David joined Wokingham for a four figure fee and during the 1988/89 and 1989/90 campaigns he scored a total of 79 goals for the club - an all-time career record for Wokingham at the time. On 30.9.89 David also played against Margate for the only time in his career as Wokingham won an FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round tie 1-0 at their Finchampstead Road ground.

In the summer of 1990 David moved on to Kingstonian with a four figure fee involved once again and he was their 'Player of the Year' for the 1990/91 campaign, scoring 31 goals in 50 appearances.

He later went on to have a short second spell with Hayes, scoring 20 goals there during the first half of the 1992/93 season, before returning to Kingstonian in February 1993. He'd scored 50 goals in 104 appearances (nine as substitute) for the K's by March 1993.

In March 1994 David left Kingstonian to rejoin Hayes for the third time in his career and he was their top scorer with 22 goals during the 1994/95 season. David scored a total of 56 goals in 127 games (nine as sub) for Hayes but he left the club in the summer of 1996 aged 36 to become Kingstonian's assistant manager.

He soon moved on again and had a spell with Chertsey, scoring five goals during the early part of the 1996/97 season, before signing for Sutton United in November 1996.

David scored on his debut for Sutton, hitting the winner against Bishop's Stortford, and followed that up with a hat-trick in a 6-3 win over Purfleet a few days later. He left the club at the end of the 1996/97 season having scored 12 goals in 29 appearances (13 of them as a substitute).

David then joined Hampton for the start of the 1997/98 campaign and scored eight goals in 15 league appearances for the club before moving on in October 1997.

He joined Worthing and scored twice in 19 league appearances for them before the end of the 1997/98 campaign. David then retired.

By the time he finally hung up his boots he'd scored over 350 non-league goals during his career.










1978/79 (MFC)

8 (58)








     Margate moved to new Southern League Southern Division following reorganisation of Southern League.