Chris Pearce

Goalkeeper

Born in Newport, South Wales Chris has become an adopted East Lancastrian, having spent over half his life in the area.

“I still have a lot of family in Wales and I am immensely proud of having played at schools, Under 18 and Under 21 level for my country,” said 53-year-old Chris, who lives in Feniscowles, near Blackburn with wife Michelle. He has three sons and one grandchild.

He played for both Blackburn Rovers and Burnley after starting his career at Wolves and has also played for Rochdale, Barnsley, Wrexham, Port Vale and Bradford City.

After leaving the pro ranks Chris turned out for Accrington Stanley, Fleetwood and Chorley and more recently he has coached at schools level, assisting one or two teams to titles, and at Manchester United’s skill centres.

Chris works for asbestos firm Assist FM and and in his spare time, apart from football, Chris loves to go fishing or play golf. He is also involved helping people with learning difficulties.

Last but not least, Chris has also been an ever-present for the Vintage Clarets so far this season, having played in all three games. Unfortunately he is unable to go this year but Chris is hoping to join the VCs on next year’s trip to Hamm for the international veterans’ tournament.

Chris Pearce