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The Romford Pelé

It's Only Ray Parlour's Autobiography
Narrated by: Paul Thornley
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (250 ratings)
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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.

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fantastic

loved it, brilliant, a great read. what a player and what a career, A great insight into The Arsenal

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Ray on form.

Some great insights into two different generations of football. would happily sit and listen to Ray's anecdotes over a few beers with him. great guy.

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What a Joker - Enjoyable Listen

Really enjoyed the story. Enjoyed the antics he got up to and the respect he had for many other people. My only disappointment was it isn't read by Ray himself. Having regularly listened to Ray's anecdotes on Talk Sport over the last few years, I think it'd have given it a that little bit more if he had.

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Hilarious, informative and gripping.

easily the best book I've listened to. Loved the stories about Wenger, Kolo Toures trial and the many about the heavy nights out!

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It's only Ray Parlour

excellent and I loved the humour and learning stuff I never knew about my Arsenal

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Any football fan should give this a listen!

Great insight and stories especially from the early 90's! And how the team evolved when Wenger took over. True arsenal legend!

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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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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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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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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.