Most Successful Manager
Ted Pearce was one of the most successful managers in non-league history. He had a distinguished playing record with Woking(1957-65) and Thonycroft Athletic(1965-70) before taking over the reigns at Farnborough Town in August 1970 as player-manager.
The club had only been in existence for 2 seasons and were competing at Queens Road Recreation Ground in the 2nd Tier of the Surrey Senior League. I’m sure at that time no-one could have imagined that less than 20 years later the club would be competing at the top level of non-league footy.
If it wasn’t for Ted Pearce the club probably wouldn’t have acquired the long term support of World Wide Carpets. It was Ted who walked into the carpet store in the early 70s to sell some advertising space for the match day programme. He came back out with a £25,000 sponsorship deal and support from a company which continues to this day.
With a number of good local players and a few from the Forces, progress for Farnborough Town under Ted’s guidance was rapid. Farnborough’s meteoric rise though the various leagues was almost without parallel in non-league football. To survive as a football manager for 23 years is an achievement in itself, but to be at one club for all that time and to take that club from one end of the pyramid to the other is almost unbelievable. Ted Pearce did exactly that. Farnborough Town’s record in the 23 seasons under Ted was an impressive:
Played 1245, Won 694, Drawn 239, Lost 312, For 2615, Against 1557.
‘Readie’ joined Farnborough Town in the 1986/87 season. He had scored goals regularly throughout his career and carried on that record when moving to Boro. He netted on his debut and went on to share the goal scoring honours with Jimmy Bolton at 32 goals apiece in his first season.
Read started he career at Staines Town who he joined at 17 after the Staines youth coach had spotted him playing for his school side. He worked his way through theStaines youth and reserve teams and then went started to torment Isthmian league defences during a three year spell. Towards the end of that spell, Simon forged a striking partnership with Declan Link and in 1984 the pair moved to Wycombe Wanderers together.
Simon enjoyed two seasons at Loakes Park being top scorer in both campaigns. In the first season Wycombe came 3rd in the Isthmian Premier Division and gained promotion to the Gola League. They also won the Hitachi(League) Cup beating FarnboroughTown 5-1 over the two legged final with Simon notching three of those goals.
The season in the Gola league was not so great with Wycombe getting relegated but they did have a good FA Cup run reaching the 3rd Round Proper. Simon scored in the first 2 rounds against Colchester and Chelmsford beforeYork City knocked them out 2-0.
Read’s Farnborough Town career spanned 10 years at the top 2 levels of non-league football. After scoring on his debut in a 2-4 loss against Bognor Regis, he went on to score 7 goals in his first 6 matches. This included his first hat-trick which came in his 5th appearance. This set the trend for thing to come
Simon Read’s Farnborough Town record reads 329 starts plus another 27 appearances from the bench. He scored a total of 209 first team goals which included 12 hat-tricks.
Brian was Farnborough Town’s record holder for most appearances. He came through Camberley’s youth sides and also played for their first team against Farnborough. He must have impressed as Boro snapped him up and he made his debut in a goalless draw at Ware on 16th August 1980. It was to be the first of over 500 appearances for the club.
His last match was a 6-0 victory at Corbyat the end of the 1993/94 Southern Premier League winning season. Most fans will remember him scoring what turned out to be the crucial 4th goal against Torquay in the 1991/92 FA Cup. In total he made 530 starts for the club, 10 Substitute appearances and scored 109 goals.
‘H’ was the only other player to appear more than 400 times for Farnborough Town. After leaving school, he spent 18 months in full time football at Southampton. A short spell at Fleet Town followed before joining Farnborough in 1969, in the Queens Road days.
He made his debut for the Farnborough Town first team again Malden Town in 1971 and bar a short spell at Stevenage Borough, served the club for the next 13 years. His last match in the yellow and blue was against Kingstonian in October 1984 before moving to Woking. It was his 467th appearance for Farnborough Town.
Other notable servants to Farnborough Town include:
Jamie Horton(1987-1995) 375
Kevin Sheedy(1970-1979) 359
Keith Baker(1984-1996) 342
Mark Turkington(1983-1995) 341
Steve Baker (1992-1999) 334
Wayne Stemp(1991-1999) 303
Roger Fletcher(1970-1978) 300
Bobby Saunders(1977-1987) 294
Danny Sheedy (1970-1979) 292
Stuart MacKenzie(1995-2001) 286
Robin Gosnell(1980-1988) 256
Larry Blair(1972-1978) 255
David Blair(1972-1978) 217
Graham Parker(1970-1978) 207
Richard Parkin(1980-1985) 205