Chris Perry

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Chris Perry
Surname Christopher John Perry
birthday April 26, 1973
place of birth CarshaltonEngland
size 175 cm
position Central defender
Years station Games (goals) 1
1991-1999 Wimbledon FC 167 (2)
1999-2003 Tottenham Hotspur 120 (3)
2003 →  Charlton Athletic  (loan) 8 (0)
2003-2006 Charlton Athletic 68 (3)
2006-2007 West Bromwich Albion 23 (0)
2007-2008 Luton Town 35 (1)
2008 →  Southampton FC  (loan) 6 (0)
2008-2010 Southampton FC 52 (2)
1 Only league games are given.

Christopher John "Chris" Perry (born April 26, 1973 in Carshalton ) is a former English football player . The at FC Wimbledon by Joe Kinnear , the former coach of the " Crazy Gang ", trained and form-fitting playing center-back was especially after his move in 1999 to Tottenham Hotspur for an international career and made it into the England team prophesied before him back threw a herniated disc crucial. From then on, he worked for less ambitious clubs and finally ended his active career in 2010 in the third division at Southampton FC after the intermediate stations Charlton Athletic , West Bromwich Albion and Luton Town .

Professional career

Wimbledon FC (1991–1999)

Perry was born in the south of London in the borough of Sutton and learned to play football at Wimbledon FC, located a little further north - the club he had followed since childhood. From July 1991 with a first professional contract, he made his debut in a Premier League game on April 4, 1994 by substitution at home in Plow Lane against Liverpool (1-1). Permanently employed by Joe Kinnear 's " Crazy Gang ", as the team has been known since the 1980s due to the robust style of play, Perry came in the second half of the 1994/95 season and suddenly he was one of the most hopeful with his speed and tackling strength Talents in English top division football. Despite his small size for a central defender at 1.75 meters, he also showed strengths in the header game thanks to good timing and after the 1995/96 season, in which Perry only missed three competitive games, he won the award of the player who had the greatest Made progress (“Most Improved Player of the Year”). His first goals came in the 1996/97 season, in addition to the first league goal, the equalizer to 1: 1 in the FA Cup against Crewe Alexandra should be mentioned, which made the replay and the subsequent four-round win against Manchester United possible.

In a 1997/98 season that gave Wimbledon FC many injury problems, Perry finally joined the ranks of the best defensive players in the club's history as the crowd's favorite. He shot against Newcastle United (3-1) in mid-September 1997, his second and last league goal for the "Dons". The consistently good performances were not withheld from the "heavyweights" in English football and after another year in which Perry demonstrated his qualities with constant performances in the relegation battle, George Graham, the new coach of Tottenham Hotspur, made a transfer for a transfer fee of four million Pound as part of its fundamental rebuilding in prospect. In July 1998 the contract was signed with the White Hart Lane club .

Tottenham Hotspur (1999-2003)

At the side of the tall Sol Campbell , Perry formed the new central defense of the "Spurs" in the 1999/2000 season. In addition, he switched regularly offensively in set pieces - mostly with corners and indirect free kicks - in the opponent's penalty area and was rewarded with his first league goal against Bradford City and a goal in the UEFA Cup against Zimbru Chișinău . Another league goal he succeeded in the 3-4 defeat against Leeds United and despite occasional injury-related breaks, he reaffirmed in the two following years his increasing status as a key player in a team that had to cope with the departure of Sol Campbell for the 2001/02 season .

But Perry himself had to struggle with serious setbacks in the 2002/03 season. In September 2002 he was injured against West Ham United and although he was in the starting line-up in a total of 17 games, a herniated disc in particular caused him to lose his place in the team in January 2003. In addition, the up-and-coming Ledley King was proving to be increasingly valuable in central defense, which suddenly put Perry on the "siding".

Charlton Athletic (2003-2006)

In September 2003, Perry moved on loan to league rivals Charlton Athletic , where he should primarily represent the injured Richard Rufus and Gary Rowett . When he made a satisfactory impression there, he finally hired in December 2003 for a transfer fee of 100,000 pounds with the "Addicks". At the side of Mark Fish and Jon Fortune he formed the new center of defense in Charlton and in February 2004 he scored his first league goal for the new club against ex-club Tottenham. During Mark Fish's injury break, Perry fought for central defense alongside Jon Fortune and new signing Talal El Karkouri . To make matters worse came injury concerns in the middle of the 2004/05 season, so that he was only considered in a good half of the competitive games. Increasingly, the "liveliness" in the actions was now also lacking, which meant that his small body size occasionally turned into a disadvantage in duels with tall strikers.

When Hermann Hreiðarsson was moved to the defense center, he lost his place after a 3-0 defeat by Wigan Athletic in mid-December 2005, before he briefly fought his way back to the starting eleven in February 2006 and won 3-0 scored one of his rare goals against Middlesbrough FC . In early August 2006 he then moved to the second division West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer after Charlton's new coach Iain Dowie had previously told him that he would no longer play a role in his plans.

West Bromwich Albion (2006-2007)

During his first year for a professional club outside of London, Curtis Davies was Perry's partner in the central defense of "WBA". Perry made 26 competitive appearances in the first half of the season before an injury put him out of action for a long time. Only at the very end of the 2006/07 season, when Neil Clement and Sam Sodje were not available in addition to Davies , did he get another move. After only one year Perry left West Bromwich Albion again after the option for another year could not be drawn by Perry not reaching a minimum number of stakes - 30 games were rumored in the media -.

Luton Town (2007-2008)

The next stop was the third division Luton Town from July 2007 . Together with Chris Coyne , Perry was in the center of the defense, but after three defeats in a row, the club's management rebuilt the formation by loaning Jarosław Fojut and Perry from now on as a left full-back. After a red card for Coyne, Perry returned to the middle and was the only trained central defender with the "Hatters" after the end of Fojut's loan period. For a short time he was even captain of the team and together with Keith Keane provided the "smallest defense center in the third division".

At the end of March 2008 he moved to second division FC Southampton on loan after financial worries in Luton had escalated dramatically and Perry had reportedly not been paid a salary for two months.

Southampton FC (2008-2010)

At Southampton FC, the sporting situation was just as tense. Perry was already the ninth central defender that the "Saints" tried in the 2007/08 season and together with "Number 10" Chris Lucketti , Perry stabilized the defensive network to the extent that they were still able to stay up. This earned him a new two-year contract with the new head coach Jan Poortvliet - again depending on a minimum number of stakes. In a very young team, Perry was given the role of a "father figure", but although his own performances were characterized by calm and consistency, the team mistakes were too serious and so the club had to move into the third class after the end of the 2008/09 season Compete in Football League One .

The 2009-10 season was Perry's last season in professional football. Here he was once again in the starting line-up for Southampton FC in 19 games, with Radhi Jaïdi being preferred to him for the most part . In the end, he won his first national trophy in English football with the Football League Trophy . He was substituted on for Jaïdi in stoppage time in the 4-1 final win against Carlisle United . In the end, Perry was one of 13 players weeded out in Southampton.

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Individual evidence

  1. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 1995-96 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 1995, ISBN 0-09-180854-5 , pp. 166 .
  2. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 1996-97 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 1996, ISBN 1-85291-571-4 , pp. 191 .
  3. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 1997-98 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 1997, ISBN 1-85291-581-1 , pp. 213 .
  4. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 1998-99 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 1998, ISBN 1-85291-588-9 , pp. 235 .
  5. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 1999-2000 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 1999, ISBN 1-85291-607-9 , pp. 236 .
  6. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 2000-2001 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 2000, ISBN 1-85291-626-5 , pp. 251 .
  7. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 2001-2002 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 2001, ISBN 0-946531-34-X , pp. 239 .
  8. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2002/2003 . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 2002, ISBN 1-85291-648-6 , pp. 325 .
  9. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004 . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 2003, ISBN 1-85291-651-6 , pp. 334 .
  10. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2004/2005 . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 2004, ISBN 1-85291-660-5 , pp. 320 .
  11. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2005/2006 . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 2005, ISBN 1-85291-662-1 , pp. 322 .
  12. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2006-07 . Mainstream Publishing, 2006, ISBN 1-84596-111-0 , pp. 321 .
  13. "Dowie releases duo from Charlton" (BBC Sport)
  14. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2007-08 . Mainstream Publishing, 2007, ISBN 978-1-84596-246-3 , pp. 323 .
  15. ^ "West Brom release defender Perry" (BBC Sport)
  16. a b Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008-09 . Mainstream Publishing, 2008, ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8 , pp. 333 .
  17. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009-10 . Mainstream Publishing, 2009, ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0 , pp. 331 f .
  18. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010-11 . Mainstream Publishing, 2010, ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0 , pp. 333 .
  19. ^ "Southampton to release 13 players" (BBC Sport)