Vincent de Paul Péricard (born 3 October 1982) is a French former professional football player, who played in France with Saint-Étienne and in Italy with Juventus before moving to England, where he played for several clubs. He has also played for the France U21 team.
|Full name||Vincent de Paul Péricard|
|Date of birth||3 October 1982|
|Place of birth||Efok, Cameroon|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2002–2003||→ Portsmouth (loan)||32||(9)|
|2005||→ Sheffield United (loan)||11||(2)|
|2006||→ Plymouth Argyle (loan)||15||(4)|
|2008||→ Southampton (loan)||5||(0)|
|2009||→ Millwall (loan)||2||(0)|
|2011–2012||Havant & Waterlooville||5||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Saint-Étienne and JuventusEdit
Péricard started his career at Saint-Étienne in France at the age of six. In 1999, he advanced to the first team and played two league matches.
He soon came to the attention of Italian Serie A club Juventus, who signed him in 2000. Promised by the media to a bright future, Julien Courbet made a documentary on Péricard entitled "the man who will be worth billions". Péricard made only one appearance for the club in two seasons, as a 61st-minute substitute for Tomás Guzmán in a UEFA Champions League match against Arsenal on 20 March 2002.
Péricard initially moved to Portsmouth on loan for the 2002–03 season. Péricard began his Portsmouth career in superb fashion, scoring on his debut in a 2–0 win over Nottingham Forest, although he struggled with injury in the latter half of the season. Despite this, he impressed enough to earn a permanent switch in July 2003, having scored nine times in 32 games as they won the First Division title.
Péricard was a regular in the squad at the start of the 2003–04 season, but broke down with a torn thigh muscle in late September. He returned to the first team in December, but then badly damaged a cruciate ligament in a reserve comeback game. The injury ended his season. He had an operation on the injury in France in the summer of 2004, and spent the whole of the 2004–05 season in rehabilitation following the surgery. In August 2005, following his recovery, he attended a Cameroon national team training camp for a friendly match against French amateur team Villemomble.
In 2005–06 Péricard returned to the first-team squad at Fratton Park. In order to gain match fitness he spent a three-month loan spell with Sheffield United, scoring twice against Millwall and Luton, before joining Plymouth Argyle in a loan deal in February 2006 for the remainder of the season. He scored his first English League hat-trick for Plymouth Argyle in a 3–1 win over Coventry City on 18 February 2006. He was recalled to Portsmouth in May 2006.
Péricard was released by Portsmouth at the end of the 2005–06 season, signing a three-year contract with Stoke City on a free transfer on 19 June 2006. Péricard was Tony Pulis' first signing as manager of Stoke City, in Pulis' second spell at the club. At first, Péricard impressed at Stoke, scoring against eventual promotion winners Derby County on his home début. He also scored in the League Cup against Darlington, and again in the league against Sunderland. However, his performances later in the season were relatively poor and his place was taken by another former Portsmouth player, Ricardo Fuller.
On 24 August 2007, Péricard was sentenced to four months in prison after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice. This came after he lied about being the driver of a car caught speeding at 103 mph near Plymouth. He was released from prison on 20 September 2007 but, following problems with his electronic tag, he was rearrested on 12 October 2007, although he was subsequently re-released later that month. On 14 March 2008, Southampton confirmed the loan signing of Péricard until the end of the season. Upon his return to Stoke, he scored against Reading in a Carling Cup tie in September 2008.
Péricard made his first Premier League appearance in 0–0 draw with Fulham on 13 December 2008, coming on as a substitute for Danny Pugh. His first start in the Premier League came against Blackburn Rovers. Péricard, after seeing his first team opportunities disappear at Stoke following their promotion to the Premier League, signed a 93-day loan on 20 February 2009 with Millwall. Following the 2008–09 season, Péricard was released from his contract at Stoke.
Following his release, he had short trials with Championship sides Bristol City, Cardiff City and Blackpool. On 13 October 2009 Péricard signed for Carlisle United on a contract until January 2010, making his debut on 17 October against Yeovil Town. Pericard scored his first goal for the Cumbrians on his home debut against Southend United. On 24 November 2009, Péricard scored twice in a 4–3 thrilling goal against MK Dons.
The next game on 28 November 2009 against Norwich City, Péricard scored the first goal in the match in a 3–1 win. On 12 December 2009, Péricard scored the only goal in the game in a 1–0 win over Wycombe Wanderers and before the match, Péricard required an injection in his Achilles tendon before scoring the winner. His goalscoring performance and helping the club turn from relegation candidates to play-off contenders led manager Greg Abbott keen to extend Péricard's stay until the end of the season, with a number of clubs interested in giving him a chance to play at a higher level once again. In Response, Péricard is happy to sign a contract extension at Carlisle which end on 12 January. However, Péricard rejected a new contract at Carlisle and left the club.
On 14 January 2010, Swindon Town signed Péricard on a free transfer until June 2011 after the forward had rejected a new deal from Carlisle United where Péricard has decided opted to try his luck elsewhere. He made his debut two days later in a 3–1 win over Gillingham, coming on in the 68th minute for Charlie Austin. He made a forceful run into the penalty area and was bundled to the floor gaining a penalty, which Billy Paynter scored.
Péricard scored his first goal for Swindon in the Football League Trophy match against Southampton on 31 August 2010, hitting a 30th minute volley into the back of the net, followed by his second goal in injury time to make it 3–0 and also received a booking. On 18 September 2010, Péricard scored first goal for Swindon which turns out to be a winning goal in a 2–1 win over Walsall. Scoring three goals in the last four games, Péricard believes he is finally winning over the boo-boys feels his performances have started to silence his critics. he told the Swindon Advertiser "I thought the fans were quite harsh to me but Saturday was the first time they have really appreciated what I have done and hopefully now they are going to be behind me and give me even more belief and confidence to play better, I think everyone can see I'm growing in confidence and hopefully some people are starting to see that they were wrong about me." On 11 October 2010, Péricard scored first goal for Swindon which turns out to be a winning goal in a 2–1 win over Bristol Rovers. On 6 November 2010, Péricard scored his last professional career goal in a 4–0 win over Plymouth Argyle in the First Round of the FA Cup. On 15 January 2011, Péricard made his last professional appearance for Swindon in a 1–0 loss against Yeovil Town before been sidelined with a knee injury for the past four weeks and upon his recovering, Péricard play his part in Swindon's survival scrap as he nears his return to fitness. However, Péricard hadn't featured for the rest of the season.
After his release from Swindon, Péricard trained with Bournemouth in a bid to revive his career but could not earn a contract. Following unsuccessful training with Bournemouth, Pericard signed for Conference South side Havant & Waterlooville, but retired from football in February 2012. In January 2015 he came out of retirement to play for Wessex League club Moneyfields, making his debut on the 27 January in a 1–0 win over Folland Sports, which put Moneyfields top of the league.
Péricard set up his own company, Elite Welfare Management, which aims to help "foreign players adapt to their new climate and prevent them from suffering stress, loneliness and depression". He is also involved with Kick It Out, and is a student at Portsmouth University on a business studies course.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Saint-Étienne||1999–2000||French Division 1||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Sheffield United (loan)||2005–06||Championship||11||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||2|
|Plymouth Argyle (loan)||2005–06||Championship||15||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||4|
|Millwall (loan)||2008–09||League One||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Carlisle United||2009–10||League One||10||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||13||5|
|Swindon Town||2009–10||League One||14||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||14||0|
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