Chris Perry

Chris Perry is a former English defender who was born in Carlshalton, London on 26th April 1973. Perry began his career with Wimbledon and made his debut for The Crazy Gang in a 1-1 draw against Liverpool on 4th April 1994. By 1995, Perry had become a regular fixture in The Dons starting line up, and by 1997 he was tipped for an England call up (which never came). Perry helped Wimbledon to two semi-final cup appearances and an 8th place Premiership finish in 1996/97, continuing as one of Wimbledon's top performers in the following two campaigns. What Chris lacked in height and strength, he made up for in intelligence, movement and positioning. Perry's final match for Wimbledon on 16th May 1999 came against the same side he had made his first Dons appearance for, Liverpool.

Perry moved to George Graham's Tottenham in July 1999 for £4,000,000. Chris made his Spurs debut on August 7th 1999 in a 1-0 defeat at West Ham. Perry initially performed well for the White Hart Lane outfit, but struggled to reach the same levels he had previously performed at with Wimbledon. By 2003, the defender had lost his first team spot, and in September that year, Perry was loaned to Alan Curbishley's Charlton.

Perry made his Charlton debut on September 13th 2003 against Manchester United. After a successful loan spell, Chris was signed permanently for the bargain price of £100,000. Perry had three decent seasons at Charlton, helping The Addicks consolidate in the mid table of the Premiership. After Iain Dowie took over at The Valley in summer 2006, Perry was released.

Perry joined West Brom in July 2006 on a free transfer. The Baggies had been freshly relegated from the Premiership under Bryan Robson, who was to soon be replaced by Tony Mowbray. Perry helped West Brom reach the play-offs, and started both semi final matches against Wolves, as well as the final itself against Derby, which West Brom lost 1-0. Chris was released from the club in June 2007, after pulling on the Albion shirt 23 times.

Perry joined cash strapped League One side Luton in July 2007. He couldn't help The Hatters in their fight for survival. The club was in the relegation zone for most of 2007/08, but did secure a memorable draw in the FA Cup against Liverpool at Kenilworth Road, a match that Perry started. Perhaps if Chris had played in the replay Luton might not have conceded five goals without reply. On 27th March 2008, Perry was loaned to Southampton. The former Wimbledon defender played a big role in helping Southampton beat the drop in The Championship, forming an excellent defensive partnership with fellow loanee Chris Lucketti.

Perry signed permanently with Saints on 6th June 2008. Chris was one of the very few senior pros in the squad, which was dominated by youngsters. Perry scored his first goal for the club against Birmingham on August 16th. Despite personally performing reasonably well during 2008/09, Perry could do nothing to stop the clubs relegation from The Championship to League 1.

Perry started the first few league matches of the 2009/10 campaign for Southampton, who by now were managed by Alan Pardew. After conceding a number of goals from set pieces though, Pardew wanted more physically imposing centre backs, which is why he brought in Radhi Jaidi and Neal Trotman. This meant a spell on the sidelines for Perry, who did return in November when Trotman's form dipped. Once Jose Fonte was signed in January however, Perry was back on the bench. The defender was limited to just a few more cup games, including the FA Cup contests against Ipswich and Portsmouth. Perry struggled to cope with Pompey's late counter attacks, and his lack of match practise showed. He signed off on a high note however, making his final appearance for Saints in a cameo role at Wembley in the Football League Trophy win against Carlisle. Perry was released from the club on 15th May 2010.

Shortly after leaving Southampton, Perry was offered the chance to join Andy Hessenthaler's Gillingham, but eventually decided against the move.