Though the war played havoc with his United career, Stan Pearson’s talents at inside-forward made him one of the brightest stars in the club's firmament when hostilities ceased. A Salford boy, born on 11 January 1919, he was spotted playing for Adelphi Lads’ Club by United’s legendary scout Louis Rocca and signed as an amateur in December 1935.
In May 1937 he turned professional and just six months later made the step up to first- team football. However, just as Pearson was establishing himself in the first team, his career was interrupted by the outbreak of war.
During the six years organized football was suspended, he served with the 2nd/4th Lancashires and also managed to make guest appearances for Newcastle United, Brighton and Hove Albion and Queens Park Rangers.
Resuming his duties with United in 1946 – and with Matt Busby newly installed as manager –Pearson took up the inside-forward role, becoming one of the best of the day at a time when England had a wealth talent to choose from.
He was a key member of Busby’s first great United team that tasted first success the F.A. Cup in 1948 (Pearson scored a hat-trick in the semi-final