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Allan Pearce - striker: 55 Lilywhite caps, with 46 goals for Eastern Suburbs Graham Pearce - defender: 125 Lilywhite daps, with 7 goals for Eastern Suburbs
Following last week’s discussion on the contribution the Webber brothers made to our clubs re-emergence as a football power during the 2,000 decade, this week we look at the Pearce brothers: Graham & Allan. Both individually and as a sibling combination were key members of the Eastern Suburbs squad during from the early 2,000’s and into the early 2010 decade.
Graham started his playing career for Western Suburbs in Wellies, before coming north to Auckland where he initially played for Mt Wellington, who after two mergers are now: Uni-Mt Bohemians. Graham also played for the East Auckland franchise club during the 2003 National League season. East Auckland drew on players from the four neighbouring clubs in the greater eastern catchment area, those clubs included: Mt Wellington, Eastern Suburbs, Ellerslie and Fencibles. The East Aucklanders finished the minor premiership on equal points with Miramar Rangers at the head of the table and narrowly lost the grand final 3 – 2 to Miramar. Unfortunately and somewhat surprisingly the East Auckland club did not make the ‘cut’ for the 2004 revamped National League.
Eastern Suburbs were fortunate Graham decided to play for the Lilywhites in 2003, he also coached Eastern Suburbs in the 2011 season when we won the winter 1st division. Allan followed his older brother by joining Eastern Suburbs in 2007 when he returned from playing in England.
Both Pearce’s enjoyed strong international careers: