Ooh, ah, Ray Parlour! Nicknamed the Romford Pele for his solid but unglamorous image, Ray Parlour is one of the most well-loved Arsenal players of the last few decades. A loyal club servant for over 14 years (1992-2007), he is revered among the Arsenal faithful for his down-to-earth Essex charm, his mischievous sense of humour and his hardworking performances on the pitch.
Often in the shadows of his flashier teammates, he didn't have the flair of a Pires or an Henry, but he worked tirelessly to become an integral part of many of George Graham's and Arsene Wenger's greatest sides, including the Invincibles of 2004.
In this wonderfully funny and candid autobiography, full of side-splitting stories, Parlour looks back fondly on his life and career. From the all-day drinking sessions and banter of the Tony Adams years to the antics he got up to with his more cultured continental teammates, teaching Thierry Henry cockney rhyming slang and Dennis Bergkamp how to play golf, this is a portrait of a man who was as loved as much for his personality as for his often underrated talent.
From his days as a schoolboy working on market stalls to playing alongside the world's finest players in the Champions League, it is also the rags-to-riches story of a career that spanned enormous change in British football, the likes of which may not be seen again.
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"Great story from a real character of the game"
Really good book. Not only due to the time period it's written about means you can remember the incidents and games but also as Ray Parlour's character comes through. Top guy and well worth a read.
Enjoyed it and felt I learned a lot about Ray and football at the time. A recommended listen for footie fans.
"great book for any football fan, "
enjoyed it from start to finish, funny story's from the legend that is ray parlour, interesting look from his own eyes on how football has changed in one man career
recommend to anyone
"Nice story, shame Ray wasn't the narator."
A must for any Arsenal fans. Not a great work of literature but an honest description of what it takes to be a top footballer with lots of insight into the different people that made for a very successful period in the club's history. Couldn't stop listening, though it's a shame that Ray wasn't that narrator.
"Cracking footballers autobiography!"
Has everything you want from a footballers autobiography. Great insight to the game at the top level and i never stopped laughing the whole way through. Top pro and top bloke!
"A great Arsenal legend"
Yes, if they are Arsenal fans.
Ray it is his book
The narration was fine
Her total respect and love for Arsene Wenger
Not enough about his personal life for me.
"A Solid Player, A Solid Book."
Ray Parlour was one of the last cheeky chaps of the modern game, but had the ability to back it up. He's certainly not short of a few anecdotes, especially given the variety of talent and personalities that he played with. The only this that would have made this book perfect, was if he narrated it himself. Paul Thornley is too dramatic for my liking and doesn't let it flow in the same way that it's written. Saying that, it's an enjoyable book and I definitely recommend it.
"excellent book really enjoyable"
I really enjoyed rays book. he grew up in the area I live in now and it was interesting to hear all his funny stories and pranks he played. I would definitely recommend this book.
"Very funny sport biog"
Was happy to see there was a Ray Parlour biog as he seems like a funny, nice guy. A solid, fun sports biog and competently read (though the narrator tells a lot of funny stories with a strangely serious, tragic edge to his voice); with a great insider's view of the golden Wenger-Ferguson rivalry years. What sets this apart for me is Ray Parlour is a hilarious practical joker, and a few times he's want to say... 'By now I'd taken the joke too far.' Laugh out loud moments include him downing 4 pints before realising he had to play in a game against Liverpool.
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