Kyle Perry

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Kyle Perry
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Perry pictured in 2010
Personal information
Full name Kyle Blain Perry[1]
Date of birth (1986-03-05) 5 March 1986 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Stafford Rangers
Youth career
2002–2005 Walsall
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 AFC Telford United 68 (32)
2005 Sutton Coldfield Town (loan) 4 (2)
2007 Hednesford Town 1 (0)
2007 Willenhall Town (26)
2007–2008 Chasetown 11 (6)
2008–2009 Port Vale 31 (0)
2009 Northwich Victoria (loan) 7 (2)
2009–2010 Mansfield Town 40 (9)
2010–2011 Tamworth 40 (17)
2011–2012 Lincoln City 24 (3)
2012 AFC Telford United (loan) 19 (1)
2012–2013 Nuneaton Town 12 (0)
2012 Hereford United (loan) 8 (0)
2013 Tamworth (loan) 12 (0)
2013–2015 Altrincham 84 (18)
2015–2016 Hednesford Town 28 (7)
2016 Worcester City 8 (1)
2016– Stafford Rangers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 13 May 2015 (UTC).

Kyle Blain Perry (born 5 March 1986) is an English semi-professional footballer who plays as a striker for Northern Premier League club Stafford Rangers .

Failing to make the first team at Walsall, he dropped into non-league circles with AFC Telford United, Sutton Coldfield Town, Hednesford Town, and Willenhall Town, before impressing when non-league Chasetown knocked Port Vale out of the FA Cup. Failing to score for the Vale, he dropped down into the Conference National with Mansfield Town in June 2009. The following year he moved on to Tamworth, before signing with Lincoln in summer 2011. He re-joined his former club AFC Telford United on loan in January 2012, before signing with Nuneaton Town seven months later. He was loaned out to Hereford United in October 2012. He joined Tamworth on loan in February 2013. He joined Altrincham in May 2013, and helped the club to win promotion out of the Conference North via the play-offs in 2014. He signed for Hednesford Town in May 2015, and moved on to Worcester City in March 2016, and then Stafford Rangers in July 2016.

Club career[edit]

Born in Birmingham, West Midlands,[1] Perry joined the Centre of Excellence at Walsall as an eleven-year-old and developed through the club's youth structure to be one of seven players, including Matty Fryatt, to sign a three-year scholarship for the club in March 2002; the scholarship commencing at the start to the 2002–03 season.[2] In the third and final year of his scholarship, Perry joined up with then Northern Premier League First Division side AFC Telford United on a temporary basis, scoring twice on his debut: a 2–0 victory at Gresley Rovers on 14 September 2004[3] the goals being scored against his cousin Dale Belford.[4] He continued with Telford for the remainder of the season, whilst continuing to play for Walsall's reserve team, an issue that concerned Telford's then manager Bernard McNally.[5] Having scored 23 goals for the Bucks as they secured promotion, Perry agreed to join the club permanently in July 2005.[6]

In October 2005, he joined Sutton Coldfield Town on loan,[7] debuting in the club's Southern League Western Division 2–0 home victory over Taunton Town on 22 October 2005.[8] A week later his scored his first goal for the club in their 2–2 draw with Ashford Town.[9] His final game for the club saw his score the consolation goal in a 2–1 defeat at Thame United on 5 November 2011[10] before he returned to AFC Telford United.[11] Despite his tally of 32 goals in 68 games he was released in July 2006.[12] This was despite the fact that the 20 year old's goal tally had actually made him the top scorer in the young club's history, his record standing until 1 December 2008 when Lee Moore bagged his 33rd.[13]

He joined Northern Premier League newcomers Hednesford Town in the summer of 2006, but only played one game for the "Pitmen" – the opening day defeat against Marine before being released. He then moved to Southern League Division One Midlands side Willenhall Town, where he formed a potent partnership with Matthew Barnes-Homer. Perry went on to score 26 goals for the "Reds" and was selected in the Southern Football Division One Midlands Team of the year.

After a prolific season at Noose Lane, he joined Chasetown in the summer of 2007. Another excellent return in front of goal saw him play in Chasetown's 1–0 FA Cup victory over Port Vale in December 2007. In doing this he helped Chasetown become the lowest ever ranked club to reach as far as the third round proper of the FA Cup.[14]

Perry playing for Port Vale.

He signed for Port Vale along with Chasetown teammate Chris Slater on 11 January 2008 for a nominal fee and gave up his day job as a graphic designer.[15] He made his debut for Port Vale as a 57th-minute substitute in a 2–0 defeat to Swansea City in January 2008.[16] Perry later thanked Vale boss Lee Sinnott for saving his career.[17]

In December 2008, after not making an appearance for Vale in three months, Perry made it clear his intentions were to earn a spot in the first team and brushed off rumours that he would follow Chris Slater back into non-league football.[18] However, by February 2009, he was informed that he would not be offered a new contract in the summer.[19]

On 6 March 2009, he joined Northwich Victoria on a one-month loan.[20][21] This move was extended to a two-month loan as Perry hit two goals in four games for the club.[22] After three further games the popular striker was recalled by Vale manager Dean Glover after the club's strike force were hit with injuries.[23][24] After speaking to several clubs, Perry signed for Mansfield Town on 24 June 2009 on a two-year contract.[25][26]

In his first three appearances for Mansfield he scored twice against Crawley Town and once against Salisbury City,[27][28] though also scored an own goal in the 4–1 defeat to Luton Town.[29] By the end of the campaign he had netted ten goals in all competitions.

In July 2010, whilst in a middle of a two-year deal with the "Stags", Perry left the club by mutual consent to join Conference National rivals Tamworth.[30] There he bagged seventeen goals in forty games in his first and only season at the club. In July 2011, he rejected deals with Tamworth,[31] to sign a two-year contract at fellow Conference club Lincoln City, who had lost their Football League status earlier in the year.[32] On 5 January 2012, Perry re-joined his former team AFC Telford on loan until the end of the 2011–12 season.[33] He scored just once in 19 appearances, ironically against Lincoln at Sincil Bank.[34] In the fixture at New Bucks Head, before his loan spell, he scored twice in a 2–1 win for Lincoln.[35] He was told he was free to leave Lincoln,[36] and did so at the end of the season.

He signed with Nuneaton Town in July 2012, having been impressed by manager Kevin Wilkin.[37] He joined Martin Foyle's Hereford United on a one-month loan in October 2012.[38] Despite not starting a game for the "Bulls", his loan spell was extended into a second month.[39] He failed to find the net in nine league and cup games at Edgar Street, though seven of his appearances were as a substitute. He returned to former club Tamworth on loan until the end of the 2012–13 season in February 2013; "Lambs" manager Dale Belford signed him due to injuries to Peter Till and Scott Barrow.[40] He played 12 games each for both Nuneaton and Tamworth without scoring a goal in the 2012–13 season, as both clubs attained mid-table finishes.

Perry signed with Altrincham in May 2013, re-joining his former Vale manager Lee Sinnott. He scored 12 goals in 38 league games in the 2013–14 season, helping "Alty" to secure a place in the play-offs, and Perry played in the final as the club secured promotion with a 2–1 extra-time victory over Guiseley.[41] He scored eight goals in 48 appearances in the 2014–15 campaign, before being released in the summer.

Perry joined Hednesford Town of the Conference North in May 2015.[42] In March 2016, he switched to league rivals Worcester City after what he described as an "ugly experience" at relegated Hednesford, and scored one goal and provided two assists during his eight games to keep Worcester out of the relegation zone at the end of the 2015–16 season.[43]

He joined Stafford Rangers in August 2016, having been released by Worcester earlier in the summer.[44]

International career[edit]

Perry was called up to England C in November 2009.[45]

Personal life[edit]

Perry's cousin is former Tamworth goalkeeper, Dale Belford.[46]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 28 April 2015.
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chasetown 2007–08 Southern League 11 6 10 1 0 0 0 0 21 7
Northwich Victoria (loan) 2008–09[47] Conference National 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
Port Vale 2007–08[48] League Two 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2008–09[47] League Two 15 0 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 17 0
Total 31 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 33 0
Mansfield Town 2009–10[49] Conference National 40 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 42 10
Tamworth 2010–11[50] Conference National 40 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 42 17
AFC Telford United (loan) 2011–12[51] Conference National 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 1
Lincoln City 2011–12[51] Conference National 24 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 3
Nuneaton Town 2012–13[52] Conference National 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Tamworth (loan) 2012–13[52] Conference National 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Hereford United (loan) 2012–13[52] Conference National 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Altrincham 2013–14[53] Conference North 41 12 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 42 12
2014–15[53] Conference Premier 43 6 2 2 0 0 3[b] 0 48 8
Total 84 18 2 2 0 0 4 0 90 20
Hednesford Town 2015–16[53] National League North 28 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 7
Worcester City 2015–16[53] National League North 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
2016–17[53] National League North 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
  1. ^ Appearance in the EFL Trophy.
  2. ^ a b Appearance/s in the FA Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Altrincham

Individual

  • Tamworth Player of the Year: 2010–11

References[edit]

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  50. ^ "Games played by Kyle Perry in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
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  52. ^ a b c "Games played by Kyle Perry in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
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