Jimmy Pearce was a goal-scoring winger, who played during the early 1970s and had to retire from the game early in his career.
Attended Rowland Hill School, Tottenham (which became Somerset School), close to his home and joined Spurs when spotted playing for the local schools side. He went on to represent Tottenham Boys, Middlesex Boys and then England Schools three times before Spurs took him on as an apprentice in May 1963 when he left school and then through their youth system, signing professional in 1965 and making the first team by 1968. As a schoolboy Spurs fan who watched from the terraces, Jimmy's dream came true when he scored Spurs' second goal in a 2-3 friendly defeat to FK Austria in pre-season and then made his League debut against Arsenal at the start of the 1968-69 season, producing a good shot in the first half that drew a good save from Bob Wilson. Despite a losing debut, he played well and ended the season with 24 appearances to his name.
With a fine ability to control the ball, Jimmy Pearce could beat player with the drop of a shoulder as he ran with the ball at his feet very well, but could play in any position in midfield or even as an out and out striker. Got his first taste of first team football while on a pre-season tour in Greece and Cyprus, but suffered by coming through at a time when there were a lot of big money buys coming into the club and he did not get a fair crack at a run in the first XI.
Another reason for not being a first choice was his versatility in playing a range of positions and he had to settle for a place on the subs bench most of the time, but always gave good service when he was called upon. He scored the goal in 1971 that beat Bristol City in the semi and put Spurs through to the League Cup final, only to return to the bench for the final, when he didn't make it onto the pitch. Jimmy did play in the 1973 final, which Spurs won 1-0 against Norwich City.
Pearce went on to 193 appearances including substitutes in league and cup and scored 35 goals, but his time at Tottenham was brought to a fairly abrupt halt when he was diagnosed by the medics as suffering from a rare disease that affected his bones and he could not continue playing, as it was felt that his body could not withstand the rigors of the professional game.
Tried to make a playing comeback with non-league Walthamstow Avenue, but this was not successful, so Jimmy settled down for a life outside of the game and set up a ladies clothing business in Essex.