Full Name: Gary
Born: 2nd March 1951, Bury
Goalkeeper Gary Pierce was playing local
park's football when he signed for Mossley in 1969, then Huddersfield Town
took him on as a full time professional in February 1971.
He appeared in 23 games for Huddersfield before Wolves signed him in June
1973, as cover for Phil Parkes. He went on to play in more than 100 senior
games for Wolves, having initially got into the first team in September
1973, going on to have 19 outings that season, the highlight coming in
March when he made his first League Cup appearance for Wolves in the 2-1
Wembley Final win over Manchester City. It was a memorable way to
celebrate his 23rd birthday.
For two seasons he and Parkes shared the goalkeeping position, but in
1976-77, with Wolves back in Division Two, Pierce was ever-present as
Wolves won the title.
His joy was short lived, however, and after Paul Bradshaw had been signed
from Blackburn, he did not play at all in 1977-78 and managed only three
games in 1978-79.
In July 1979, his future at Molineux was bleak, so he was allowed to join
Barnsley. He made 81 appearances in four years at Oakwell and then had 27
games for Blackpool before his contract was cancelled in May 1984.
He later managed Accrington Stanley, Netherfield, Radcliffe Borough
(1991-92) and Ainsworth FC (Bolton Combination).
Wolves record: 111 apps.
Gary Pierce making one of many saves in the 1974 League Cup Final.