Pearce - Poole
David Pearce, born at Perivale in 1960, made his Football League debut for Millwall in November 1977. He then played for Barnet, Wealdstone and Dagenham, before joining Harrow Borough. In January 1982 Roy Ruffell brought him on loan to Church Road, with a view to solving his goalscoring problems. On his debut at Carshalton, Pearce scored both goals in a 2-2 draw, but after only five matches he was allowed to return to Harrow. Hayes’ loss was very much Harrow’s gain: in 1982-3, his goals helped Harrow reach the semi-finals of the FA Trophy. Unaccountably, after winning 2-0 at Telford in the first leg, Harrow went down 1-5 in the home leg. Next season, Harrow won the Isthmian League championship by a record 17 points. During his time at Harrow, Pearce scored 153 goals and is the club’s highest scorer. He also won a semi-professional international cap in 1984 against Italy. He joined Wokingham Town for a four-figure fee in 1987, and took part in their run to the semi-finals of the FA Trophy again in 1987-8, where his club was knocked out by Telford United – how he must have grown to hate Telford. He joined Kingstonian in 1990, and moved for a second time to Hayes in 1992, but soon returned to Kingstonian in February 1993, when he was offered a contract and better pay. A year later he was reunited with Terry Brown, his former coach at Wokingham, and stayed with Hayes until the end of the victorious 1995-6 season. Curiously, his last game, as his first, was at Carshalton – this time he did not score, but his team won 3-0 to gain promotion to the Conference. Unwilling to travel all over the country, with a demanding job in the City of London, Pearce joined Chertsey Town, then Sutton United, Hampton and Basingstoke Town, before finally retiring in his late thirties. In his three spells at Church Road, he made a total of 118+9 appearances and scored 56 goals – but Hayes sadly missed the best of him.
Lance Pedlar was a popular centre-forward of the early 1990s. Born at Paddington, he came to Hayes from Leatherhead at the age of 25 in 1991, having previously played for Wealdstone, Wembley, Chelmsford City, Bath City, Ruislip Manor, Hounslow, St Albans City (1989-90), Woking (1990 on loan, then permanent), and Harrow Borough (1991). During two and a bit seasons at Church Road, he made 80+12 appearances and scored 20 goals, including the almost unique experience of a winning goal at Stevenage in March 1993. He left for Wealdstone in 1994, before going to Spain to work in Barcelona.
PW (Phil) Poole was a left-sided player, mainly at half-back, who made his debut in 1939-40 at the age of 20. He was a regular member of the side which won the Great Western Combination and played in the only match of the 1940-1 season, before joining the Royal Navy as a stores steward. He married a daughter of the well-known Hayes personality Jack Hayden and moved from Barra Hall Road to Glebe Road. He played the first post-war season for Hayes and then joined Uxbridge, and gave them long service, including playing against Hayes in the semi-final of the Middlesex Senior Cup in March 1950. In his time at Hayes he made a total of 40 appearances and scored two goals. One of his goals was the winner in the challenge match against the Great Western Combination select team.
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