This Newcastle Player An Unlikely Folk Hero

Who Needs Mourinho? – We’ve Got Perchinho is a chant that’s  being sung by Newcastle fans at  the Newcastle matches lately.

Perchinho – Newcastle’s new star this year

It’s in praise of James Perch, who some of us last season thought wasn’t good enough for the Premier League.

But James has been a star for Newcastle this year, and he is now a  trusted player in the famous black and white shirt of the Magpies.

Perch came on for Cabaye after just 60 minutes last Saturday against Stoke, after Yohan had scored two goals and made one, and James again got the job done for Newcastle in the 3-0 win.

We expect James to get on some playing time today at Wigan too, depending on how the game goes at the DW Stadium, but who will be reeled in for Perch to come on – we don’t know (sorry).

James very much appreciates the support he is getting from the Newcastle fans, and he had this to say today:

“I think it started when we were away at West Brom. Since then it has snowballed into my new nickname – and I do enjoy it.”  “When the faithful are singing it on a Saturday afternoon, it gives you a real buzz and it is really nice to hear.”

“This is something I have never had to deal with before.”  “John Carver and the other staff call me Perchinho and maybe it is a bit of a joke, but I have been called a lot worse.”   “It has gone well for me.”

“I have come into a lot of games, played different positions and the fans notice I always give 100 per cent.”  “If you work hard and do your best, they will back you.”  “They do that with all the lads and we deserve it.”

“The foreign players get a hard time when they come over here about not working, but our boys have been excellent since they have arrived.”  “It is those boys who have lifted us up to fourth place.”

“We have a good starting eleven who are playing very well.”  “It is up to the guys on the bench such as myself, Ryan Taylor and Dan Gosling to show we are ready when we are needed.”

“Ryan showed earlier this season what the gaffer wants when he went into left-back, played really well and kept his place until he picked up an injury.” “It is good the gaffer can look at all seven subs and know they can do a job.”

In fact James Perch has epitomized the fight and no-nonsense of the Newcastle side this season, and even though he’s not a starter, James is an important player for the team.

The Mansfield-born lad  has just two years left on his four year contract at Newcastle, and it would not surprise us much,  if he gets an extension to that deal this summer.

And because the squad has been so improved this season, it will be important to keep as many players as possible on board, such as James, Danny Simpson and Danny Guthrie, and in addition bring in up to five new players.

If Newcastle can do that, then we will be challenging somewhere in the top four next season – and that has to be the goal – and it’s also way ahead of schedule.

It all sounds very good to us.

Howay The Lads!!

20 comments so far

  • obatoyou

    Apr 28, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #1



    Apr 28, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Had problems earlier! And a lot of you guys on here were wanting him sold!

    And how wrong you were!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 28, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #3


    He was previously absolutely dire and atrocious. Fair play he found his feet and turned it around and good on him, but going on his previous performances, people had every righ to think he wasn’t good enough. Hindsight is a wonderful thing

  • SmileyFace

    Apr 28, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    None of the Sky Sports pundits believe we can bag a win today

  • obatoyou

    Apr 28, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    foresight..that would be a wonderful thing. heh

  • Spuggy

    Apr 28, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    @ rotonda

    HE was also a championship player finding his way in the team and adapting a la Enrique, Collo, Santon etc.

    Good job Perch didnt listen to the negative supporters (oxymoron) and kept faith in himself.

    I will support every player who puts on that black and white.

  • giimps

    Apr 28, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #7

    Gotta say I was one of the doubters, and both he and Raylor have proved me (and a few others) that in the right situation and with the right players around them , they are premier league players.
    They always give 100% and as a fan thats what I want to see, It took a while for him to get up to speed but now I dont shudder when I hear his name coming on, same goes for Raylor and Shola to a certain extent.
    The gaffer has proved a lot of people wrong too, and IMHO, he has only made a few errors (Liverpool away, Wolves at home and West brom at home) and in a season that is a fantastic achievement, with a lot of peoples relegation fodder players.
    HWTL for today, keep winning the games and applying the pressure (wish i could have got a ticket but hey ho Radio 5 live has national commentary as well as Radio Newcastle)

  • Graeme

    Apr 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    He is very good at what he does, knows his own limitations and has carved a niche for himself through shear hard work and dedication.

    We need players like him in our squad, no doubt about it

  • Spuggy

    Apr 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Remember this post of yours Rotonda…this was also a disgrace…

    Rotonda heights // Feb 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    The really sad thing is we have Krul, santon, colo, cabaye, BA, Cisse, Benny , Tiote who would walk in to most teams.All great technical footballers being turned in to hoofers by AP.
    A good footballing manager like a Rodgers, Martinez etc would be creaming himself getting to work with that lot .

    I hope to god it’s pardew who goes rather than all of them. Pardew says he learns from his mistakes. Yet another blatant lie in his litany of lies. The man is a serial liar. The man has no plan B, never had one and and never will.

    I’m not one of these who like winning ugly, but we don’t even do that. Fulham, brighton, Spurs and Wolves have been complete surrenders.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Apr 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Smiley Face @ 4; Remember these are the experts who said we would be relegated!!!

    Someone is due a real spanking by the lads and it might just be Wigan.


    Apr 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #12


    Boolocks to Sky!

    And i had my doubts about Perch too! But he is now part of a dam good team which may even get better this summer!

    Lovenkrands has gone up in my estimations with the Charity work he has done in memory of his Pap!


    Apr 28, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #13

    @3: Rotonda!

    Where can you buy some of this Hindsight?

  • SmileyFace

    Apr 28, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #14

    My super 6 was 5-0 Newcastle, Ba with 1, Cisse due his hattrick and a Ben Arfa Wonder goal !!

  • Owldman

    Apr 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #15

    giimps the game will be on in loads of pubs on a foreign channel ,ask around i am sure some one will you find a one

  • Owldman

    Apr 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #16

    What odds can you get for Tiote scoring first goal


    Apr 28, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #17

    @16: you could be right fella! He came close twice in the last five minutes against the Stoke!

    We mus,nt underestimate Wigan though!

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Spuggy @ # 9

    Nice post Spuggy a lot of posters on here forget that when they hit the submit button they are putting their comments/thoughts up for all to see, and some of those thoughts/comments are showing the poster to be full of self importance and sh*t.

    When someone comes out with comments on anothers performance before the said other is given enough time to show their capabilities I think is an example of the commenter’s arrogance and ignorance, a trait that has been shown by many that post on here.

    Although a few have been big enough to own up to being stupid and jumping the gun,

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 28, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Nice one Spuggy ! Rotunda and others were ( are ) so dumb…..

  • JamesP32

    Apr 28, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #20

    @4: F Sky, they give us hardly any credit than we deserve, we will learn by other clubs mistakes who have failed against Wigan in their recent form, I would never write us off. Oh and also looks like Lawro backs us to win 2-1, now theres a surprise haha


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