Capable full back Lawrie Pearson joined the Tigers as a teenager in 1984 and quickly found a place in a first XI that was destined for promotion to the second tier under Brian Horton’s management. Pearson played less regularly in his second season at a higher level, and in his third season he played purely a support role to new signing Ray Daniel, which led to his departure towards the end of the season.
Born in Wallsend, Pearson was a junior at Manchester United until the age of 18, lifting the FA Youth Cup trophy in 1982. A brief spell at non-League Gateshead preceded his move to Boothferry Park.
In March 1987 Pearson switched to Bristol City, but he did not make the first team at Ashton Gate and moved on again to Port Vale that summer. He also failed to make the grade with the Valiants and in January 1988 Lawrie dropped back into the non-leagues for five years with Whitley Bay, Barrow and a team in Belgium. In 1993 he was lured back into the big leagues, spending a season at Darlington and a much shorter spell at Chesterfield before returning north a third time and ending his playing career with several seasons in the North East non-league scene. At Whitby Town Pearson played against City in November 1996 in the notorious 8-4 replay at Boothferry Park, then won the FA Vase in 1997.
Pearson had a community officer role at Middlesbrough between 1994 and 2001, then fulfilled a similar role for Carlisle United until 2005. he was also assistant manager for Blyth Spartans during 1998/99 season. Between 2005 and 2011 Pearson returned to his Old Trafford roots, coaching in the academy. After a short spell at Leeds United in 2011 he set up a sports camps business in West Yorkshire. In 2018 he became Technical Director at the York City Regional Talent Club, the female football equivalent of the youth academy.
Date/Place of Birth: 2 July 1965, Wallsend
Hull City First Game: 25 August 1984, Lincoln City A (Division Three), 19 years, 54 days old
Hull City Final Game: 21 February 1987, Wigan Athletic A (FA Cup Fifth Round), 21 years, 234 days old
Manchester United (1981-1983), Gateshead (1983-1984), Hull City (1984-1987), Bristol City (1987), Port Vale (1987-1988), Whitley Bay, Barrow, Darlington (1993-1994), Chesterfield (1994), Blyth Spartans (1994-1995), Whitby Town (1995-2000), Bedlington Terriers (2000-2001), South Shields (2001-2002), Thornaby (2002)
Hull City Record
Career: 75 apps, 0 goalsLawrie Pearson
|1984/85||30 (1)||0||3 (0)||0||4 (0)||0||-||-||1 (0)||0|
|1985/86||20 (0)||0||-||-||3 (0)||0||-||-||0 (1)||0|
|1986/87||8 (0)||0||3 (0)||0||1 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|