James Perch

James Perch

Football player infobox
playername = James Perch

fullname = James Robert Perch
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1985|28|9
cityofbirth = Mansfield
countryofbirth = England
currentclub = Nottingham Forest
clubnumber = 7
position = Defender/Midfielder
youthyears =
youthclubs = Nottingham Forest| years = 2003-
clubs = Nottingham Forest
caps(goals) = 136 (8)
pcupdate = 17:44, 10 March 2008 (UTC)

James Robert Perch (born 28 September 1985) is a versatile English footballer who currently plays for Nottingham Forest.

Perch was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and is a product of the hugely successful Nottingham Forest academy and has played 108 games for The Reds. He is very versatile and has played in a number of different positions at the City Ground. Though he started off a striker in the Forest academy, he was moved to right-back as a cover and played well there he's also known for being good in goal. The right-back position stuck for a while, but when he broke into the first team, he played as a central defender. In 2004, the versatile player was linked with a move to Levante but the move never materialised. Early in the 2005/2006 season he found himself at left-back to cover for an injured John Curtis, but has since gone on to play in a more defensive midfield role, and also played on both wings.

James Perch made his debut for the Nottingham Forest reserves in 2001. He scored two goals and almost scored a hatrick when he went through on goal and forced Newcastle United goalkeeper James Pickering into a great save. Perch's game went sour when he was sent off for violent conduct for seemingly head-butting Sacha Stephenson, which resulted in a brawl between Forest defender Richard Woodward and Newcastle striker Tim Ivil. Referee Tanzil Aslam later endorsed the red card being rescinded after being shown video evidenceFact|date=June 2007

Perch had a good season with Forest in the 2006-07 campaign. He was a virtual ever-present for the team and netted five goals in all for the season. He came third place in the fans' player of the season, behind the winner Grant Holt. However, Perch has been demoted to the bench in the 2007-08 campaign with the influx of new signings. He came off the bench often and occasionally started in which he helped The Reds finish second in League One, seeing Forest gain automatic promotion to the Championship.

Perch is currently Forest's second longest serving player, behind Wes Morgan. There is also a facebook group endorsing James Perch's inclusion into the full England squad. This group has gathered great support to which current England manager Fabio Capello has responded by joining the group and posting that he intends to send his scout Ben Parkinson to watch Perch over the following months.


*League One runner-up with Nottingham Forest, 2008

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