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"Hull City wasn't for me", said Pearce.



Stones legend Stuart Pearce explains the story of going on trial to Hull City before rejecting them as a 17-year-old.


"I was in the first team with Wealdstone and the opportunity come from Hull for myself and John Watson to go on trial", explained Pearce.


"The pair of us spent three days up there at Hull; we played in a reserve game against Grimsby."


Pearce complimented his fellow Wealdstone teammate Watson: "He was outstanding in the game I've got to say. He was fantastic, head and shoulders above anything else on the pitch."


Watson earned 18 caps for the England C squad and won multiple trophies in his stint at Lower Mead in the 1970s and 80s.


Pearce on Mike Smith: "At the end of the three days, the manager [Smith] who wanted to take us up there and I was even offered a job on the Humberside council to carry on my electrician apprenticeship."


On why the legendary full-back rejected the move: "It [Hull] just seemed a very long way away from home for me at the time.


"I just felt at the time, it wasn't for me...I turned it down. I was fortunate that a few years later, a move [to Coventry] did turn out for me."


Listen to Stuart Pearce's full interview below:



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