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PersonalFullname: Stephen Pearson
Born: 2 Oct 1982
Birthplace: Lanark, Scotland
Signed: 9 Jan 2004
Left: 11 Jan 2007
Debut: Celtic 3-0 Motherwell, League, 20 Sep 2003
International Caps: [TBC]
BiogBorn on the 2nd of October 1982, in Lanark, Stephen Pearson signed for Celtic from Motherwell in January of 2004 for a fee of £ 350k [BBC]
Injuries repeatedly hampered the player in his quest to be a regular, but his all round ability wasn't the best with at times a poor to keep possession and a poor first touch. However, he more than made up for these deficiencies with other qualities, especially with commitment ("dig").
Possibly his best game was against Hearts in 2006 when Celtic seemed down and out, and he came on as a sub and turned it, completing an improbable turnaround from having been two nil down to win 3-2, marked by many as possibly the best game under Gordon Strachan (domestically at least). Pearson scored the first, with McManus scoring two at the death, but Pearson was the Man of the Match, and anytime his name is mentioned this game is brought up. A fabulous performance that sticks in the mind.
He went on to score the third goal against Benfica in the group stages of the 2006–07 Champions League, to take the score to 3–0. He described this goal as "the moment of my career", and he deserved the plaudits that came with the goal.
Another thing that will stick in the mind with Pearson, was a silly escapade in Ireland with John Hartson (BBJ) where the pair of them were at an Irish Celtic supporters do, and they were filmed (via a poor quality mobile phone camera film) allegedly joining in with the add-ons to "Fields of Athenry" song. Much ado about nothing in all this, but the silly boy should have been more careful in the company and situations he gets himself in.
After being unable to hold a regular place down in the first team, Stephen Pearson was transferred to Derby for £750k on 11th Jan 2007 [BBC].
Possibly could have stayed and been a great squad player but credit to him. All the best to him (he married a former Ms Scotland, so life must have been good).
|Club||From||To||Fee||League||Scottish Cup||League cup||Other|
|Celtic||09/01/2004||11/01/2007||£350,000||22 (34)||6||5 (1)||0||3 (1)||0||6 (4)||1|
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Honours with Celtic [needs completed]Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year
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