Steve Perryman

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Steve Perryman
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Perryman in 1981
Personal information
Full name Stephen John Perryman
Date of birth (1951-12-21) 21 December 1951 (age 69)
Place of birth Ealing, Middlesex, England
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) [1]
Position(s) Defender, midfielder
Club information
Current team
Milton Keynes Dons (Associate Director)
Senior career*
1969–1986 Tottenham Hotspur 655 (31)
1986–1987 Oxford United 17 (0)
1987–1990 Brentford 53 (0)
National team
1972–1975 England U23 17 (0)
1982 England 1 (0)
Teams managed
1987–1990 Brentford (player manager)
1990–1993 Watford
1994 Tottenham Hotspur (caretaker)
1995 Start
1999–2000 Shimizu S-Pulse
2001–2002 Kashiwa Reysol
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Stephen John Perryman MBE (born 21 December 1951) is an English former professional footballer who is best-known for his successes with Tottenham Hotspur during the 1970s and early 1980s. He has won the FA Cup, League Cup, and UEFA Cup with Tottenham in his 17 years at the club. Perryman was voted Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year in 1982 and made a club record 854 first team appearances for Tottenham. [1] He was the director of football at Exeter City from 2003 [2] [3] until his temporary retirement in March 2018. [4]


Playing career

Steve Perryman attempting to intercept in a match against Ajax, Cup Winners' Cup first round in 1981 Ajax vs Spurs 1981 European Cup Winners' Cup.jpg
Steve Perryman attempting to intercept in a match against Ajax, Cup Winners' Cup first round in 1981

Perryman was born in Ealing, Middlesex. A midfielder and later defender, he played in a club record 866 first team appearances in all competitions for Tottenham Hotspur between 1969 and 1986 and was their longest serving player. During his seventeen-year career with the north London club, Perryman collected many medals, winning the UEFA Cup in 1972 and 1984 (playing in both legs of the 1972 final and just the first leg of the 1984 final as he was suspended for the second), [5] and the League Cup in 1971 and 1973. He followed in the footsteps of Joe Harvey and Danny Blanchflower and skippered Tottenham to successive FA Cup wins in 1981 and 1982. Perryman was also voted the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year in 1982.

Perryman did not score often even by the standards of contemporary midfielders, however he scored both goals in a 2–1 home win over A.C. Milan in the 1972 UEFA Cup semi-final first leg. Spurs went on to win the round 3–2 on aggregate, and then won the title, defeating Wolverhampton Wanderers in the final.

After leaving White Hart Lane Perryman moved to Oxford United in 1986, then Brentford as player-manager in the same year, before retiring in 1990. [1]

Coaching career

Perryman became manager of Watford from 1990–93 saving them from relegation in the early years, before managing Start in Norway (1995), [6] Shimizu S-Pulse, (1999–2000) and Kashiwa Reysol in Japan (2001–2002). He also served as caretaker manager for Spurs in November 1994. As a coach, he has won the J.League stage championship (1999 2nd Stage) and the Asian Cup Winners Cup (2000), both with Shimizu S-Pulse. He then worked at Exeter City with no official title to help them stay in the then football Division 3. After this he returned to Japan to manage J.League side Kashiwa Reysol.

Perryman lent his name to a brand of Sports stores in the 1980s which were concentrated in the West London area and sported the Tottenham Hotspur cockerel. There were stores in Uxbridge, Ruislip, Greenford, Hayes and Hayes Town (Middlesex). A store in Bergen, Norway, also opened in the early 1980s, which is still operating. [7]

Between 2003 and 2018, Perryman was director of football for Exeter City. [2] On 5 May 2012, while watching Exeter's final game of the 2011–12 season against Sheffield United at St James Park he became unwell and was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth where he underwent successful heart surgery. [8] A month later he revealed that he might have died if it had not been for the instant medical support available at the ground, and he spent three weeks in a coma on life support. [9]

In January 2018, Perryman announced that he would retire as Exeter City's Director of Football at the end of the 2017–18 season. [10] However, in August of that year, Perryman joined former Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale at MK Dons, becoming an associate director of the club until November 2019 when Tisdale left. [11] [12]

International career

After 17 matches for England U23, [13] Perryman made a solitary appearance for England, appearing as a 70th-minute substitute against Iceland on 2 June 1982. The game was originally an England B fixture but was subsequently upgraded to full international status meaning Perryman was awarded his cap. [14]

Personal life

Perryman has been married twice, with four children. He is close friends with Ossie Ardiles. [15] He lives in Lympstone. [16] Perryman is a Labour Party supporter. [17]

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition [18]
ClubSeasonLeague FA Cup League Cup Europe [nb 1] Other [nb 2] Total
Tottenham Hotspur 1969–70 First Division 2314000271
1970–71 423506130564
1971–72 391506112320644
1972–73 41230101100643
1973–74 3911010120531
1974–75 4262010456
1975–76 4062160487
1976–77 4211020451
1977–78 Second Division 4212020461
1978–79 First Division4217120512
1979–80 4016020481
1980–81 4229060572
1981–82 42170808010661
1982–83 33130203010421
1983–84 4114030110591
1984–85 421305080581
1985–86 231514050372
Oxford United 1985–86 First Division9000000090
1986–87 8000000080
Brentford 1986–87 Third Division 240300000270
1987–88 210102030270
1988–89 5020101090
1989–90 3000001040
Career total7253175269364317095039

Managerial statistics


Shimizu S-Pulse 199920006037320061.67
Kashiwa Reysol 200120022810315035.71



Tottenham Hotspur


Shimizu S-Pulse



  1. Includes UEFA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1981–82 and 1982–83).
  2. Includes appearances in Texaco Cup (3 in 1970–71), Anglo-Italian League Cup (2 in 1971), Charity Shield (1981, 1982), ScreenSport Super Cup (5 in 1985–86) and Football League Trophy (Associate Members' Cup) (3 in 1987–88, 1 in 1988–89 and 1 in 1989–90).

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