john piercy - fact file

1998 - 2002            forward

Born on 18th September 1979 in Forest Gate, East London, England.

Height : - .m  (5' 11")

Weight : -  - kgs    (11st 12lbs)

Young striker who jumped ahead of a few of his senior colleagues to steal the limelight on his debut against Crewe Alexandra in the Worthington Cup in season 1999-2000.  

Starring in schoolboy football in East London, John joined Spurs as a 12 year old and represented England Schoolboys, before becoming a trainee at Tottenham and having impressed at junior and youth level, as s professional in July 1998.  Leapt into the first team picture, when Les Ferdinand and Chris Armstrong were injured, winning his first appearance in the first team.

The solidly built East Londoner had the ability to lead the line and to make chances for his team-mates, by going wide and taking people on.  Some work was needed on his first touch and his pace, but he was strong, direct and knew where the goal was.  Preferred to play wide on the left of midfield, but was deployed at full back in the reserves to good effect.

However, under George Graham, he dropped put of the first team picture, but was sticking to his task in the reserves and when Glenn Hoddle arrive, found himself getting games (mainly as a substitute) at the end of the 2000-2001 season.  He has been used in a number of positions in the second team, with a wing back position seemingly one he is more at home in now.  Was keen to sign a new contract, as he was not being pushed out of the first team squad.  he was still a little raw and was unlikely to feature regularly in the first team, but was a good promising squad player and one who could have made the grade at Tottenham.  However, he dropped out of the reckoning as new strikers were brought in and was awarded a free transfer when released by the club in the summer of 2002.

Went on to have a couple of years with Brighton and Hove Albion, dropping back into midfield, before having to retire at the age of 25, as he suffered with colitis and dropped into non-league with Eastbourne Town to continue his game for two more seasons.  He was the first professional player ever to be on Eastbourne's books, but left in early December, only to return two weeks later as player-coach.



Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (trainee) July 1996 ?? - - -
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (professional) July 1998 ?? 16th October 1999 v Derby County (away) (League) won 1-0 1 + 7 as a sub ??
Brighton and Hove Albion 20th September 2002 Free ??  11 + 25 as a sub 4
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

England international
0 full caps;  0 goals
0 Under-21 caps; 0 goals
1 Under-20 caps; ?? goals
5 Youth caps; ?? goals
- Cup winners medal 19---

- appearance


John Piercy was the 500th player used by Spurs as a League substitute .



What they said about John Piercy
Eastbourne Today website ...  12.11.2004 (... on his retirement)

"Piercy has no firm plans for the future, but hopes to see more of his favourite team Arsenal in action."

Chris Hughton (reserve team manager ...  (... on his place in the team)     19.08.2000 (THFC programme)

"John is able to adapt well to different roles which is why we've played him at full-back in pre-season when we've been stretched in those areas.  But I'd say his best position is definitely right or left of midfield."



What John Piercy said about ...
 ... his season 1999-2000 ... 19.08.2000 (THFC programme)

"Around Christmas my form tailed off a little bit and a lot of it was to do with confidence.  I had a couple of bad games which knocked me off my stride.  I lost some self-belief and then wasn't able to perform as consistently as I would have liked. 

My game is about taking people on, but when you are lacking a bit of confidence, it's harder to beat players and that is what I was finding for myself.  As a result my consistency was lacking, if I'd had the consistency all season, I would have been okay."

- ...  .. (... on )




Season League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup
1998-1999 0 (0 goals) - - -
1999-2000 3 (0 goals) - - -
2000-2001 5 (0 goals) - - -
2001-2002 0 (0 goals) - - -
2002-2003 0 (0 goals) - - -
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