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Has signed today for the club!!! He (in the english game) has played for Newcastle, Sunderland and his last club was Cambridge. A VERY good signing I would say!! any comments?

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shame to see king kenny go to the wood thow still an adequate replacement.there is i bit on it at www.enfieldfc.com

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<blockquote><font class="small">Quote sirop:</font><hr />
shame to see king kenny go to the wood thow still an adequate replacement.there is i bit on it at www.enfieldfc.com

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Further details of career etc will follow when I have pulled it all together.

Be at the Wood tommorrow to see the man!! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/director.gif" alt="" />

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WOW!

How the hell have me managed to sign Lionel Perez!?!

Brilliant!!

He's been a fans hero at every club he's played for...I found this. Sorry Kenni, you were class, but this lad is the nuts!


D'You Remember... Lionel Perez?
Where do you start with someone like Lionel Perez?

Well first of all, Perez joined the Sunderland squad back in August 1996, when we were launching our first attempt at the Premiership, back in our final game at Roker. The former Bordeaux keeper was originally signed as cover for Tony Coton - who we had snared on a free transfer from Manchester United... but it wasn't long before Perez was thrust into the spotlight.

Perez had only been with the Lads for little over two months before fate dealt a cruel blow to Tony Coton, in the form of a serious compound leg fracture during a home game against Southampton. Perez came on for Coton, and ended up being Peter Reid's number one keeper until May 1998 when his contract ran out.

Lionel quickly became a cult hero on Wearside, with his, erm, unorthodox look. With his shirt sleeves rolled up to his elbows... and his (seemingly) disability to cut his hair or shave... Perez was quickly adored by the Roker masses.

Unfortunately, Perez's efforts were not enough for that season, and the Lads were relegated on the final day of the season, thanks to a 1-0 loss at Wimbledon. However, that didn't stop the French keeper from becoming the first goalkeeper to lift the Sunderland AFC Supporters Association Player of the Year Award, since (now Hartlepool manager) Chris Turner back in 1985.

Perez's technique improved drastically in his second (and last) season with the Lads, with the Frenchman making numerous vital saves in big games. One of those was undoubtedly the best save of his career, a fantastic double save in the second leg of the Lads' playoff semi-final with Sheffield United... a save which effectively sealed the Lads' trip to Wembley.

However it was that trip to Wembley which became Perez's swansong. With contractual disputes arising around Perez*, Lionel took to the hallowed turf of Wembley and put in what could be described as a nightmare performance.

(* - He was in the last year of his contract - and the only contract that Sunderland were prepared to offer was a one-year deal, which Perez saw as an insult)

In THAT playoff final, Sunderland were 3-2 up before Lionel Perez went walkabout during a Charlton corner. Stranded at the edge of his own penalty box, Richard Rufus was left with an empty net to score his first goal for the Addicks - and to take the match into extra time.

Clearly that was the final straw for Reidy, and with Perez not redeeming himself by conceding all seven penalties he was faced with during the shootout, the French stopper was released by Sunderland not long after that final, and ended up travelling up the A1 (M)....

To sign for N*wc*stl*. Admittedly it wasn't the smartest move of his career - indeed, Perez didn't start a single competitive match for the Skunks, and it wasn't long before he was farmed out on loan to the likes of Scunthorpe and Cambridge United.

And in the summer of 2000, Perez joined Cambridge on a free transfer, ending his Skunkcastle hell.

Whilst he was getting spelks in his backside at N*wc*st*, Perez clearly hadn't lost his magic touch - almost as soon as he arrived at the Abbey Stadium, Perez became a cult hero yet again... just like he was at Sunderland.

Back in May 2001, Perez was featured on Tyne Tees' "Football Flashbacks" show, where he had a few comments about his life - and career - with Sunderland, N*wc*stl* and Cambridge.

Lionel on joining Sunderland: "I loved the area. It was as if I was born there," he said. "I knew nothing of Sunderland, the city or the team before I arrived - but now I am their greatest ambassador. I fell under the charm of the North East."

Lionel on his full Sunderland debut (v Aston Villa): "Roker Park was a great stadium. I remember my first home game, against Aston Villa. When I went out on the pitch and looked up at the fans I was crying inside! I said to myself: 'Lionel, what are you doing here? You are at the very heart of football'.

"It was unbelievable, and moving to the Stadium of Light was another great experience. I remember all the good times we had there."

Lionel on his relationship with the fans: "I was a little bit different, and I played with my heart. I wanted to fight for my club and my colours, and I was really in love with the North East."

Lionel on joining the Skunks: "I know a lot of Sunderland fans thought I had killed their spirit when I went to Newcastle, but I had to feed my family and Sunderland didn't want me. I knew I was joining their arch-rivals, but what could I do?

"But at Newcastle I lost my football. Maybe leaving Sunderland hurt me more than I knew."

Lionel on his new club, Cambridge: "Cambridge is a beautiful city, with a great lifestyle, and I think the fans like me! I give my best and play with all my heart, just like I did at Sunderland.

And a message to his fans at Sunderland: "But I would like to play one more game at the Stadium of Light, just to see those wonderful fans once more."

Lionel Perez's Sunderland Career:
Joined in 1996 from Bordeaux.

Made his debut as a substitute vs Southampton (on October 19th 1996, at Roker Park).

He then went on to make 83 further appearances for the Lads - starting all of them, and was an ever present in the Lads' 1997/8 play-off season.



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and he will probably be gone by next week end how dose that make kalli feel

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Yer true he was talking to one of a defenders saying that Luton have got him on trial at the moment! Might have to get another keeper in very soon then!

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The lad is obviously well qualified to play for Enfield because as the above notes say, he has already steered one club to relegation and cannot handle big games.

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You'll never witness a dull game with Lionel in goal! He's definitely a character - aswell as a good goalie - and was certainly a fans favourite at the Abbey. As long as he's playing (and entertaining the crowd) he's happy and I don't think he will disappoint you. Enjoy!

All the best this season.

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Mr/Mrs Very sad, You are indeed a very sad person why dont you people who keep haveing a go just clear off! You are unwelcome people on this forum, I think I speek for ALL E's fan's and most of the football fans about on this website when I say just GROW up, get a life and sod off <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif" alt="" />!!



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John, if I were to 'sod off', there would be nobody left on the forum for you to moan at. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/thefinger_red.gif" alt="" />

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What have you done! There are at least four pro clubs interested in Perez, he'll be with you a matter of weeks (if not days!) and then you will be left with Kalli and have lost Kenny Addai who was far more commited to you than Kalli ever will be. Big Ken is fitter and trains better than Kalli and in my personal opion is a far better keeper. Still your loss will be 'Woods gain.

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I'm not sure that these short-term signings are good for football teams. Sure, it may attract some extra supporters but could have a detrimental effect on team morale and structure. The only time I feel it is a good thing is when a short term replacement is needed due to injury/suspension of regular first team players.

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Remember Budgie? What a great short-term keeper he was, and never lost a game. If the braincells are correct, he never even let in a goal either.

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The man is simply a god. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/biggrinangelA.gif" alt="" /> I love the man and will definately be going to some of Enfields games to see him in action once more. The most passionate man I've ever to see pull on a Cambridge shirt, and the best goalie we've ever had. You've done VERY well to sign him. I'll be visiting your stadium hopefully on a home Tuesday night game, if he'll be playing that is. Can I get a look at your fixtures anywhere?

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LIONEL PEREZ FANATIC <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/biggrinangelA.gif" alt="" />

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is it true mr perez will not commit himself to the f.a.cup games in order not to be cup tied.

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The Independent's report of the Newcastle v Feyenoord game mentions that the Feyenoord goalkeeper had a season at Sunderland but was kept out by Perez. It goes on to say that Perez is now turning out for Enfield TOWN!


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Congratulations on your new signing. Lionel Perez will surely attract many supporters to your matches, and help improve your position in the league.

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I would like to point out that the 'very sad' appearing on the forum is not the same 'very sad' that appeared all over the ETFC forum last week.

Will the fake 'very sad' please sod off

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<blockquote><font class="small">Quote not very sad:</font><hr />
I would like to point out that the 'very sad' appearing on the forum is not the same 'very sad' that appeared all over the ETFC forum last week.

Will the fake 'very sad' please sod off

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I had the same problem <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif" alt="" /> and now theyve even copyrighted my name <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif" alt="" />




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