James Perch Now In The Spotlight On Tyneside


As we reported yesterday, James Perch has become a key player for Newcastle through the end of the season.

James Perch – Newcastle’s official photo of the Mansfield-born player

Captain Fab Coloccini gets  a scan on his injured hamstring today, so we will shortly get some idea on how much damage there is, and how many games the Argentine International will miss.

Of course Fabriicio is  a hugely  influential player at Newcastle, which is one reason he’s now the captain, so we will be a big miss.

James Perch is the player who will come in and he can certainly play well at center-back, which he did in the second half on Sunday.

And he was Man of the Match in that position at Brighton in the FA Cup earlier this year,  when we were beaten 1-0.

James Perch talked to the local press today:

“It’s a massive blow for us that Colo is injured.” “He’s our captain and one of our best players.”  “I had to go and fill in at centre-half, and I really enjoyed it.”

“He’s massive for us – he has been for a number of years now.”  “I think everyone at the club was delighted when he signed a new contract.”  “It was a massive win.”

“It’s a huge 10 games for us if we’re going to achieve what we want to achieve, and we’ve started off with two wins.”  “This one was the better one of the two because its away from home.”

“We always seem to struggle against West Brom, so to go there and put in a performance like we did was a massive credit to the football club.”  “Obviously, Colo’s come off the pitch, and that’s a massive blow for us.”

“I was just happy to get the 90 minutes out of the way and head back to Newcastle with the three points. It worked perfectly for me. I played left-back because we moved Jonas into midfield.”

“Then we got an injury to Colo, and we needed a centre-half, so I went there and we brought Davide on.”  “We’re all just sticking together and working hard.”

“When he’s injured, though, we all know what a big miss he is. But with the quality, togetherness and team morale in the squad, we should be able to cope if he isn’t fit.”

Perch didn’t make the squad that made the tour of America last summer, and instead he was part of the Reserve team squad that toured Holland, and which contained a number of our Development players, including Sammy Ameobi.

It says a lot about the personalty and character of James,  that he’s been able to come back and play 20 times for Newcastle this season, so far.

All teams need players like Perch, who are the ones who work their socks off for the side, while other players get all the headlines.

But it’s hard-working professionals like James Perch who become the unsung heroes of any successful side.

There will be some focus on James Perch while Colo is out injured,  and if we are able to rack up the points in the next few games,  it will be because of players like James, who are getting the job done for Newcastle.

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235 comments so far

  • lewytoon

    Mar 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #1

    good for him! taking his chance and gaining fans

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Mar 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s going to be subject of big money bids this summer…mark my words 🙂

    Really happy for him and of course the club. Great to see players making good progres

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Mar 27, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #3

    So…a side thought…As Pardew is doing so well getting results out of so called bad players, if xisco can’t be offloaded, let Pardew have a crack at him?

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #4

    yeah id try out xisco, he scored on his debut and got injured which was unfortuneate, in spain he was tipped to be the next big striker before he signed for us, hence the big fee for a young striker. i remember when he came on against villa he went left wing, played well and got a assist for the last goal setting up carroll. id give him a chance, its an extra player for our squad aswell. he just hasnt been given a fair chance and was looked negatively upon by the fans as people blamed him for keegan leaving which wasnt his fault, id give him a chance.

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  • Teamstoof

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Off topic!

    I live in sweden and are surrounded by liverfool fans. For me one of the most importent game of the season is on sunday, and I wounder if we have any good chants about our JUDAS?
    pls help me::)

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  • Les Grossman

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #6

    XISCO IS SH!T
    The end!!

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  • spitfire_

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Obertan also have some highlights but I still doesn’t like him… just like… Perchinho (why… o why!). The abuses for Perch is over the top sometimes but only sometimes. He still is mediocre player which gave me a heart attack everytime when he touch the ball… or try to win it.

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  • Les Grossman

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Dont even go there with the all he needs is a chance sh!t.
    He is indeed Sh!t. Look at his record in spain!

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #9

    obviously lack of playing and injuries may have made him poorer but he wouldnt have been terrible if he played for spain under 21’s with the players who have won the euro and the world cup…

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Les…I do agree, however, isn’t that what we all said about Perch. Pretty sure I read an article recently about how well he’s done under Pardew…can’t remember where and when though 🙂

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #11

    CODARM

    so you wouldnt give him a chance?

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  • HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris)

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #12

    @codarm pardew can have a crack at me if he wants

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #13

    i’d sign:

    eric pieters – solid lb, young dutch international, friends with krul and apparently wants to come, can switch santon to rb.

    benjamin corgnet – cm, french and attacking, would be perfect for the 3 in the middle, can replace gosling or guthrie.

    douglas – big cb, can push for first team, no nonsense

    drenthe – fan of him, on loan at everton and shows he has fight and determination, fast powerful and skillful however he is a bit of a hot head

    jordan rhodes – up coming top striker, just what we need.

    also perch has tattoos, ive never noticed them in a game

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Lewy…Xisco? I’d say give him a chance if we can’t get rid. Why not?

    Hovis…..Dreaming never hurts 🙂

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Lewy…i’d be delighted with those in’s

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Xisco’s wages are the issue though. We can’t be paying £40k+ a week to a bench warmer. Else Guthrie, Raylor, Perch etc all deserve it.

    That’s why we’re getting him out on loan every season.

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  • Yohan4

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #17

    anyone see ted billy bob square pants on the blog since our game on Sunday?

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  • He Will Rise Again

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen

    I apologise for the slight delay in today’s doom mongering but I had to sign on this morning and there was a bit of a que.

    Anyway if you haven’t heard already judgement day is this Friday at 5 and you will all face Armageddon when he returns to cleanse the blog and blah blah blah.

    Have a lovely day everyone and I hope you are not banished into he’ll for all eternity.

    Btw what does everyone think of offering Watford £1 million and mike williamson for Mariappa in the summer. Still think the deal has got legs.

    Your all going to die

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #19

    no, i dont want marriappa now, williamson is just as good and is already settled so no need to make a swap for no reason

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #20

    id sell:

    gosling – done nothing, had 2 years, he hasnt really made a impact at all and by him playing he is hindering abeid and vuckic

    forster – good keeper but cant offer him first team, take the money

    lovenkrands – getting old, wont improve the team, 5th choice striker, wud do better at wigan or someone.

    simpson – if he doesnt sign contract, however could keep as a squad player but may become annoyed at lack of first team if we sign a new rb

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  • Eyeball81

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Mariappa….No thanks…Williamson is Settled and is a good back up player, I’d prefer to bring a centre-back that will be first choice alsongside colo or someone who will push them to perform better or face losing their place in the squad…don’t think Mariappa is the player we should be looking at!!

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #22

    however id keep ranger suprisingly

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #23

    eyeball i agree

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  • Neil

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Not one for Carroll teamstoof post 5 but for Suarez it’s got to be:

    He cheats, he dives, he hates the Jackson 5 Luis Suarez

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  • Toon_Tom

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #25

    lewi – Williamson is shi+e.

    he is scared on and off the ball. Terrible Terrible player

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  • Neil

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #26

    One for Carroll could be “Your just a fat Peter Crouch”

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  • Toon_Tom

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #27

    Neil @24 (regarding Suarez) = Brilliant 🙂

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  • He Will Rise Again

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Lewytoon

    Such an angry response.
    You were one of his favourites but now…

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #29

    lol @ neil

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  • Neil

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #30

    I think it’s the weather lads – I’m in a jovial mood!

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #31

    williamson isnt terrible, if you remember last season we didnt know who was better, saylor or him and he was keeping saylor out of the team, he is just short on confidence, such as against wba normally he wudve cleared it but ended up colliding because he had no confidence, he is scared of making a mistake. make him captain on sunday and the 52000 geordies cheering will make him feel on top of the world and the fact he is english will help him understand the huge honour of newcastle more than a foreign player.

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #32

    honour of newcastle captain*

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  • Eyeball81

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Lewy….agreed mate, Simpson…wont go to a better club

    Looked at News Now yesterday bout players who thought “the grass was greener”…pretty interesting, made me think about players that have left (good &bad)

    1- Bassong – Good player -Anxious to stay in the league and moved to spurs….currently fighting relegation with wolves…FAIL.

    2. Habib Beye- Good RB – Wanted to leave for the sake of his career…currently fighting relegation to League 1 with Doncaster….FAIL.

    3. Barton- Good player (bad attitude) – Currently fighting relegation (and being jeered by his own fans)

    Anyone see my point….players like guthrie and simpson should be chomping at the bit to stay…IF/WHEN we get into europe they’ll see more playing time due to rotation of the squad!!

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  • Teamstoof

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #34

    @neil
    haha love it! anyone else have something?

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  • Toon_Tom

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #35

    yes Lewi – I agree last season he played well, he was solid. I am not judging him on the mistake at WBA, but his performances this season.

    Off the ball, he hates to receive it even when in space. He always points back to Krul to say “give it to him”

    If he receives the ball he either gives it to Krul or hooofs it up as far as he can.

    I am not one for slating our players, but i honestly think Williamson is the weekest link

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  • chris_g

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #36

    eyeball – totally agree. The only reason we were looking at Mariappa was because our main targets weren’t available in January. They will be available in the summer, so there’s no point in pursuing our interest in him.

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  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #37

    If there is a song for Carroll, I hope it includes the 35mill fee. Just to rub there noses in it.

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #38

    williamson is currently the weak link due to his confidence, however simpson is also a weak link aswell.
    next season if this is our defense it will be much stronger

    santon — colo — saylor — pieters

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  • Neil

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #39

    He’s big he’s fat,
    He’s such a greedy twat
    Andy Carroll

    I’m pretty sure he’ll get the one greedy b*stard treatment as well. He certainly will be from the Milburn paddock where I sit 🙂

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  • HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris)

    Mar 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #40

    mariappa was only ever going to be a stop gap. in the summer i bet we pick up some top boys. hazard!!!!! now that’s optimism.

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