Stephen John Perryman MBE (born 21 December 1951 in Ealing, Middlesex) is an English former international football player who is best remembered for his successes with Tottenham Hotspur during the 1970s and early 1980s. Perryman was voted Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year in 1982 and made a club record 854 first team appearances for Tottenham. He has been the director of football at Exeter City since 2003.
|Full name||Stephen John Perryman|
|Date of birth||21 December 1951|
|Place of birth||Ealing, Middlesex, England|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defender, Midfielder|
|Exeter City (Director of Football)|
|1987–1990||Brentford (player manager)|
|1994||Tottenham Hotspur (caretaker)|
|2003–||Exeter City (director of football)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
A midfielder and later defender, Perryman 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), the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982 and the League Cup in 1971 and 1973.
Perryman became manager of Watford from 1990–93 saving them from relegation in the early years, before managing Start in Norway (1995), 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 Ruislip, Greenford and Hayes (Middlesex). A store in Bergen, Norway, also opened in the early 1980s, and that is still running.
Since 2003, Perryman has been director of football for Exeter City. 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. 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. He said he wanted to resume his job with Exeter City as soon as he was fit enough.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental[nb 1]||Other[nb 2]||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|1969–70||Tottenham Hotspur||First Division||23||1||4||0||0||0||–||–||27||1|
|1985–86||Oxford United||First Division||9||0||0||0||0||0||–||0||0||9||0|
- Tottenham Hotspur
- Shimizu S-Pulse
- J1 League: 1999 Second stage champions, runner-up Suntory Championship
- Asian Cup Winners' Cup: 1999–2000
- Includes UEFA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1981–82 and 1982–83).
- 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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