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Many of you may well recall the sight of our ex-defender Ian Pearce dragging his battered body through the pain barrier to score a goal that played an integral part in our survival two years ago.

Pearce, an experienced defender, after that injury, struggled to get back into the first team and during the summer was released by Fulham.

Since then he's decided that rather than hang up his boots he'd return to grass roots football playing some eleven divisions below the last level he played at.

On match days now, Pearce turns out for Oxted & District FC and like the others in his team pays subs of 2.50 for the privilege.

On his debut, against Westminster Casuals, Pearce scored a goal in front of a record crowd of 150 spectators as Oxted emerged 4-1 winners.

It's obviously a far cry from Ian's last days at Craven Cottage but the defender seems determined to keep on playing, a fact the Oxted joint manager, Peter Green, is grateful for but still left a little puzzled when he commented,

'I'm still pinching myself that he's signed for us'

'But he's just one of the lads and we're chuffed to have him around.'

'He has come home to finish his playing days where it all started.'

Take a bow Ian Pearce, one of the few who made it to the very top, Premiership winner with Blackburn, who is content to put something back into the game purely for the enjoyment of continuing his playing career.

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The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 1 2008

Time: 4:16PM

Your Comments

bah! I'll give it six matches before he gets bored!
Al Billy
we're not all like you mate - we don't all chuck in the towel :-)
he was alright but absolutly useless in his las yrs at fulham
past his prime by the time he came to fulham, but he did give his all when he wasnt injured
dan the man
this lad was once an important first team player under Cookie, on form for a few months then suddenly vanished. was aged n his movement was too slow at EPL level
He started his football at Oxted and has lived in the area for some time now. I have seen him in the town or in a pub close by ever since he joined FFC, sometimes with Cookie when he was manager! He's one of the good guys who has gone back to his roots and is still enjoying his football. We didn't see the best of him due to injuries, so we can't blame him for that.

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