THE 365 Q&A: CHRIS PERRY
We Put Your Questions To Spurs' £4m New
Yesterday we asked you to e-mail us with your burning questions for
Tottenham defender Chris Perry. Some of you took the radical step of
making your queries football related while others were more interested in
his views on
the Spice Girls and sheep eyeballs. Perry's answers to all your questions,
both serious and sublime, are included below for your perusal.
Was George Graham's reputation for creating rock solid defences a
factor in your decision to quit Wimbledon for Spurs? (365 reader Frank
"The fact that George was here was a big factor in my decision. With
reputation for bringing on defenders like he did with Tony Adams and
Keown at Arsenal and what he achieved at the back with Leeds, I took it as
big compliment that he wanted to sign me. I came here thinking it's only
going to help me develop as a player. I've learnt a lot of new tricks from
George and I think I've already become a better player."
Is Graham as fierce as all the newspapers make him out to be or is he
just a big softie at heart? (365 reader Nancy Tyler).
"Yes, he can be. He wasn't too happy with us after Sunday's game
Leicester and that's the first time I've seen him go into one since I
joined the club. It's not something you'd want to have to be on the end of
every day. But it's good in a way because you know where you are with him.
He doesn't always shout and I have actually seen him looking quite happy a
couple of times!"
Do you fancy Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher as much as the rest
of us? (365 reader Kieron Cay)
(Diplomatic Chris at this point informs 365 that he only got married four
months ago and doesn't fancy a divorce just yet - Ed)
Do you hate Arsenal yet? (365 reader Sean Steele)
"I'm not from North London so I'm not really into all that. I hate
Did you leave Wimbledon because you thought you'd never get a chance at
international level unless you moved to a higher profile club? (365
reader Paul Mulvenney)
"It's difficult when you're at a club like Wimbledon because they are
unfashionable and don't get the recognition they perhaps deserve. They
play the style of football that's played at international level and that's
always going to make it difficult to get noticed and it can work against
the players. I think players like Carl Cort and Jason Euell should be
looking to play for England in the future but whether they'll get the
chance is another thing."
What are Spurs aiming to achieve this season? (365 reader Andrew
"Realistically we should be aiming for top six. If we can get Sol
Darren Anderton and Les Ferdinand fit and back into the side then we
be looking to get back into Europe through the league and maybe winning
one of the cups."
Is it always beers and nightclubs after a game or a cup of horlicks and
an early night? (365 reader Adam Gaze)
"Most of the time we've been playing on Sundays because of the UEFA
Cup, so it's been straight back home to the missus. I don't get that much
go out after the game and with the number of games we are playing this
season at home and in Europe, it's important to get some rest in when you
If you were having a dinner party, which of the Spice Girls would be
first on your guest list? (365 reader Rob Talbot)
"None of them! No girls, just the boys. I'd get the wife cook a meal
and have all my mates around."
Your nickname from your Wimbledon days is 'Rash'. Are you allergic to
anything? (365 reader Chris Lowe)
How did the Republican stadium in Moldova for the UEFA Cup game against
FC Zimbru compare to playing at Plough Lane? (365 reader Terry
"It was much, much worse than Plough Lane. The changing rooms weren't
best and there was a tiny dribble from the showers afterwards. I've
definitely been to better places but you just have to accept it as part of
the experience of playing in Europe because you can't play in the Nou Camp
or Bernebeu every week."
Were you disappointed not to get a call-up for Kevin Keegan's England
squad to play Belgium on Sunday? (365 reader Sonny Mahil)
"No. There have been times in the past when the papers have linked my
name with the England squad but I try not to worry about it. I definitely
look at the England squad and think: 'I should be in there'. I'd love to
involved but that's Kevin Keegan's decision, not mine."
You've scored twice already this season. Do you fancy playing up front
and solving Spurs' striker crisis? (365 reader Clare Hignett)
"Two goals a season is my limit and I've already got them so I'll
quit while I'm ahead. Five for the season would be fantastic but I'd
rather leave it to the strikers. I only score because teams think I'm too
short and they don't mark me properly at set-pieces!"
Are you looking forward to the North London derby? (365 reader Jez
"Yes. I want to see if it's any different from other derbies that
I've played in before. I think it'll be an experience I'll savour, to be
honest. I like the idea of two teams disliking each other and playing with
a lot of passion because that suits my game."
How do you rate the two young Spurs defenders, Ledley King and Alton
Thelwell? (365 reader Phil Kelly)
"I haven't seen a lot of Alton Thelwell because he's been with the
Ledley has been training with the first team for a long time now and I
played with him in a couple of pre-season friendlies and he's coming on
really, really well. He's getting better every week."
You played in the 1-1 draw against Bradford. Do you think the Bantams
can stay up? (365 reader Cribby)
"It's obviously going to be very hard for them. I think they can but
they need to find more goals from somewhere. If they can find a striker
who can score 10-15 goals this season they'll have a chance but at the
moment they are struggling. Draws won't be enough for them if they can't
win a few more
matches and that means scoring goals."
Do you prefer playing against the big old-fashioned type of striker or
the little, continental-style forward? (365 reader Peter Harmon)
"It depends what style of play the opposition are playing. If they're
knocking high balls into the box all afternoon, the last person you want
to see is 6-foot-6 striker closing in on you but, more often than not,
it's the little strikers that give you problems."
Who is your favourite Spurs' teammate and why? (365 reader Rune
"Probably Steffen Iversen. He's a nice bloke and a good laugh but
Can Spurs win the Premiership within the next five years? (365
reader Jesper Schwartz)
"Difficult to say. It all depends on who stays at the club and who
the manager brings in. If we can strengthen the squad and not lose anyone,
then yes. Obviously there's been a lot of speculation about Sol and Darren
coming to the end of their contracts but, if we can hold onto them, you
never know. We probably need a striker who can get 20-goals plus a season
Did you ever have to eat sheep's eyeballs with Sam Hammam if Wimbledon
got beat by five or more goals? I heard that was the punishment if you got
stuffed! (365 reader Kris B)
"It was part of the bonus contract that you had to go down to some
restaurant but it never happened to me, so I didn't actually get to eat
sheep's eyes. I was really disappointed because I quite fancied trying
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