Tommy Pearson

Thomas Usher Pearson (6 March 1913 – 2 March 1999) was a Scottish professional football player and manager.

Tommy Pearson
Personal information
Full name Thomas Usher Pearson[1]
Date of birth (1913-03-06)6 March 1913
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of death 2 March 1999(1999-03-02) (aged 85)
Place of death Edinburgh, Scotland
Position(s) Outside left
Youth career
Murrayfield Amateurs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1933–1947 Newcastle United 212 (46)
1947–1953 Aberdeen 84 (10)
Total 296 (56)
National team
1939 England (wartime) 1 (0)
1945[2] Scotland (wartime) 1 (0)
1947 Scotland 2 (0)
1948[3] Scottish League XI 2 (0)
Teams managed
1959–1965 Aberdeen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career

Born in Edinburgh, Pearson played for Murrayfield Amateurs, and had a trial for Heart of Midlothian, but signed professional terms with Newcastle United in March 1933. He played over 200 games for Newcastle before and after the Second World War, scoring a total of 52 goals.[4] Pearson was renowned as a skilful and entertaining outside-left, although he won no major honours at St James' Park.

Pearson made a guest appearance for England during a wartime international against Scotland in Newcastle when outside left Eric Brook was injured before the game. Pearson was at the match as a spectator, but agreed to turn out for England.[5][6][7] He was capped twice by Scotland in 1947, which uniquely meant that he had played for both Scotland and England.

In 1948, he was signed by Aberdeen for £4,000, and quickly became a crowd favourite, renowned particularly for his 'double shuffle', which baffled opposing players and spectators alike. Pearson retired at the age of 40, and took up a career as a sports writer, often covering Aberdeen for the Scottish Daily Mail.

Managerial career

In November 1959, Pearson was appointed manager of Aberdeen, in spite of his lack of coaching or managerial experience, and the six years he had spent outside the game, albeit as an observer. Unusually, his predecessor, Davie Shaw stayed on at the club in his former capacity as coach. Pearson's time in office coincided with the departure or retirement of a number of key players, and long-term injuries to others, alleviated only briefly by the emergence of Charlie Cooke, soon on his way to Chelsea. There were a sequence of Scottish Cup exits to lower league teams, and in spite of a Summer Cup final, ultimately lost to Hibs in 1964, Pearson's reign ended with his resignation on 13 February 1965.


  1. "Tommy Pearson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  2. Scotland Unofficial Matches 1939-1945, RSSSF, 23 July 2020
  3. (SFL player) Tommy Pearson, London Hearts Supporters Club
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 March 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) NUFC all-time top goalscorers
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 September 2006. Retrieved 11 September 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. "Sat 02 Dec 1939 England 2 Scotland 1". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  • Webster, Jack (2003). The First 100 years of The Dons: The official history of Aberdeen Football Club 1903 - 2003. Hodder & Stoughton, London. ISBN 0-340-82344-5.