- Spurs Legend
- In 1984 Steve Was Rewarded With The MBE For His Services To Football
Stuart Pearce MBE (born 24 April 1962) has been a former England player and he was the manager of the England national under-21 team from 2007 to 2013 and also managed the Great Britain Olympic football team at the 2012 Olympics. He managed the full England team before Roy Hodgson’s appointment.
Pearce trained as an electrician and began life with non-League Wealdstone – took off under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest after a switch from Coventry City in 1985. He spent the next 12 years at the City Ground, taking the club captaincy in 1987, the year of his England debut against Brazil. No slouch out off the blocks, and a constant marauder down the left flank, his never-say-die approach – and mule-like free-kicks – immediately endeared him to the nation.
Memorable though Paul Gascoigne’s Turin tears were when England exited the 1990 World Cup at the semi-final stage, the sight of a disconsolate Pearce after his penalty shoot-out miss against the West Germans was equally hard to shake. Later at Euro 96 after a successful spot-kick in the quarter-final shoot-out victory over Spain this was when we saw what England meant to Stuart Pearce. Still one of the most iconic images of England’s history. Stuart was recalled to the England team under Kevin Keegan, the last of his 78 caps came in a Euro 2000 Qualifier against Poland in September 1999, aged 37. After hanging up his boots at 41, he hit the management trail at Manchester City, then went on to managing England U21 team.
Pearce was given an MBE for his services to football in 1998, off the pitch Stuart is a quiet, hardworking and determined individual, with a great knowledge of business and the game he loves (football). Now he has turned his attention to motivational and business speaking at director and sales level and can build a speech to suit a wide range of audiences. Stuart is also available on the after dinner circuit for sportsman’s dinners and charity fundraisers.