Russell Perrett

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Russell Perrett
Personal information
Full name Russell Perrett
Date of birth (1973-06-18) 18 June 1973 (age 46)
Place of birth Barton on Sea, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 AFC Lymington ? (?)
1995–1999 Portsmouth 72 (2)
1999–2001 Cardiff City 29 (1)
2001–2007 Luton Town 99 (9)
2007–2008 Bournemouth 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Russell Perrett (born 18 June 1973) is a former footballer who spent most of his career with Portsmouth and Luton Town. He started his career in non-league football with Lymington Town football club in the Wessex League where he holds the record as the youngest player to play in that league at age 14.

Football career[edit]

After being released from Portsmouth FC where he had completed a two-year apprenticeship he went back to play for Lymington Town in the Wessex League. He spent four seasons there before undergoing a month-long trial back at Portsmouth FC and was offered a contract by the then manager Terry Fenwick. He soon established himself in the First team and was rewarded with a three-year contract. The arrival of Alan Ball, who coincidentally signed Perrett as an apprentice on his first spell at Portsmouth, meant appearances were limited and Cardiff City manager Frank Burrows signed him on a free transfer in 1999.

Manager Frank Burrows departed and the arrival of Ex-Wimbledon chairman Sam Hamman & manager Bobby Gould meant a total restructure of the club and Perrett was given a free transfer in 2001.

Perrett was signed by Luton Town manager Joe Kinnear in the summer of 2001, after spells with AFC Lymington, Portsmouth and Cardiff City. He signed a new one-year deal in February 2007, but was deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Kevin Blackwell and was released in July 2007, after six years at the club. Winning One league title and two promotions. He subsequently signed for League One side Bournemouth on a one-year contract.[1] He chose to retire on 7 May 2008 after suffering a bout of pleurisy which sidelined him for 4 months of his first season at the club.[2]

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