We were sorry to hear that one of our club legends RICK PEARSON very sadly passed away at the weekend.
Rick played for City for four seasons in the mid-1950s; a period that saw Guildford win the Southern League Championship for a second time, and the first time in 16 years
Rick hailed from Portsmouth where he joined his local club from school. He was clearly a talented footballer having represented England Schoolboys. But with first team opportunities at Fratton Park limited Rick signed for Guildford City in February 1955.
Rick quickly established himself at City as a goalscoring centre-forward. In the 1955-56 championship season he contributed 20 goals from 33 appearances. There would undoubtedly have been more had Rick not missed the last six weeks of the season due to a broken jaw. In all Rick made 129 appearances for Guildford, scoring 60 goals. He is still fondly remembered by our long-time supporters.
Rick lived in Merrow for many years and club president Dennis May remembers meeting him in preparation for a display at Guildford Museum. Dennis said “Rick was in his element talking about the old days at Joseph’s Road”. Members of Rick’s family still live in Guildford, and indeed two great-grandsons play now for Guildford City Boys & Girls FC. Rick was extremely proud that his young great-grandsons were playing for his old club.
Everybody at Guildford City sends their best wishes to Rick’s family at this difficult time. They can perhaps console themselves that Rick Pearson will forever be remembered as a Guildford City legend.