Outside forward Thomas Herbert Pearce, often known as Bert, was born in Bethnal Green, East London, and grew up in Walthamstow with a father who made weighing scales for a living. Pearce played junior football in East London while learning his trade as a chemist dispenser – or pharmacist. He gave up his trade to join the Tigers in December 1909 but it was 15 months before he graduated to the City first team, biding his time in the reserves. He made just three appearances in seven months, kept out of the first team by the consistency of Joe Smith on the right and Gordon Wright on the left.
In December 1911 he transferred to Southern League side Portsmouth but in September 1912 he returned north to play in the Midland League for Scunthorpe & Lindsey United. He began the season in The Iron’s first team but by February 1913 he was playing in the reserves and left the following summer.
This is where his footballing trail runs cold. He must have returned to London at some point because by 1939 he was working as a dispensing chemist at living in an agreeable art deco semi in Norwood Green near Southall in the West London borough of Ealing. He remained in Ealing for the rest of his life, dying in January 1961.
Date/Place of Birth: 5 March 1889, Bethnal Green
Hull City First Game: 4 March 1911, Derby County H (Division Two), 21 years, 364 days old
Hull City Final Game: 25 October 1911, Gainsborough Trinity A (Division Two), 22 years, 234 days old
Hull City (1909-1911), Portsmouth (1911-1912), Scunthorpe & Lindsey United (1912-1913)
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Career: 3 apps, 0 goalsHerbert Pearce