Alex Pearce

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Alex Pearce is an English/Scottish centre back who was born in Oxford on 9th November 1988. Pearce began his football career with Reading, making his debut for the club on 9th January 2007 in an FA Cup tie against Burnley. A month later Pearce was loaned to League 1 outfit Northampton until the end of the season. He scored his first ever goal on 9th April 2007 in a 2-1 win over Scunthorpe.

After one very brief Carling Cup appearance for Reading at the start of 2007/08, Pearce was loaned to Bournemouth in early November for just over a month. He was back for The Royals FA Cup ties against Tottenham in January, before joining Norwich City on loan on 31st January 2008. Pearce performed well for The Canaries in an 11 match spell. Despite being born in England, the defender won his first under 21 cap for Scotland on 20th May 2008, in a 4-1 defeat to Norway.

Pearce scored his first ever goal for Reading in a 5-1 hammering of Luton in the Carling Cup on 26th August 2008. After a few league appearances for The Royals, Pearce was loaned to fellow Championship side Southampton. He made a dream start for Saints on November 1st 2008, scoring a bullet header on his debut in a 3-2 win at Preston. Jan Poortvliet's side had been 2-0 down, until Pearce grabbed Southampton's opener, which set them on their way to a remarkable comeback. The Reading loanee performed well in his short stay at St Marys, and scored a second goal on 15th November in a home defeat to Wolves. He returned to Reading at the end of the year, having played 9 times for Saints. Pearce featured fairly regularly for Steve Coppell's outfit during the second half of 2008/09, helping the club to a 4th place finish. He started in The Royals 2nd leg play-off semi final defeat to Burnley on 12th May 2009.

New Reading manager Brendan Rogers handed Pearce the captain's armband at the Madejski Stadium at the start of the 2009/10 season, following injury to Ivar Ingimarsson. Pearce missed a few months of the campaign through injury, but still managed 28 appearances, scoring 4 goals. He was a regular for The Royals in the first half of 2010/11, but was absent for over 3 months after Reading's 1-1 draw with Hull on January 2011. Pearce didn't make a single appearance for Brian McDermott's side until the dead rubber last day win over Derby on 11th May 2011.