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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 Random House Audiobooks (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Rak
  • 03-24-18

Great Arsenal Stories

Fantastic stories from Ray Parlour and look into his world. I couldn't stop listening. Arsenal fans especially should listen to this.

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  • m s rae
  • 03-07-18

very enteraining read, im not even an arsenal fan

What did you like most about The Romford Pelé?

very funny stories, sounds like Arsenal in the 90s was a wild team to play for.
ive listened to many of Rays hilarious stories on the radio but there even funnier 2nd time around.

What did you like best about this story?

focus's a lot of the good times of being a professional footballer/

Have you listened to any of Paul Thornley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

don't know

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud a few times while dog walking

Any additional comments?

great read, not just for Arsenal fans

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  • Liam
  • 01-26-18

Great book, well done Ray! thanks for the memories

Well written biography and what a good laugh, mixed with great memories! well done Ray. I really enjoyed it. maybe you missed your calling! 😁😁😁

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  • Danny
  • 09-21-17

Excellent book. highly recommend!!!!!! buy buy

Ray Parlour was all ready a great legend as a player. he comes across as a great bloke..
no swearing in this book either which is always nice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-13-17

Great book for all football fans

Would you listen to The Romford Pelé again? Why?

Yes, as some interesting and funny stories

What did you like best about this story?

All the insight in to the Arsenal team and how Ray developed from the George Graham through the Arsene era.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The Igor Stepanovs Story is funny and is mentioned in a few Arsenal players books down the years

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  • Grant909
  • 07-15-17

Where's Ray Parlour?

Good book if your a fan of Ray or/and Arsenal but could of done with Ray narrating it!

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  • Jobbs
  • 07-05-17

A must for any Arsenal fan

Relieve some great memories from the George Graham era to up-to his retirement. From funny stories to good insights a good listen all the way through.

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  • m.cansdale
  • 06-29-17

Loved it

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Ray's story was really enjoyable to listen to

What does Paul Thornley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Paul really took this book on and brought Ray's story to life

Any additional comments?

His humor was the best part along with his stories about Wenger and Adams

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  • Mr. M. Soden
  • 06-26-17

Great listen

Great view into the life of a player who never had an ego but had the desire and ability to make it to the top.

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  • Mr. William J. Richardson
  • 06-03-17

Great book

pros - excellent insight into my favourite era of the premier league. Even as a Newcastle fan it was great fun hearing what Ray and Tony Adams got up to for example.

cons - shorter than it could have been and tailed off a bit at the end.