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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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fantastic

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

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Real Romford Pele

a real feel good book.
a genuine bloke who lived the dream
a legend.
Ray Parlour

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#review

If only Ray had read it in his funny accent it would of got 5 stars !

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ok

decent read but could of been a lot better not much else to say about it

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Excellent 👍

Entertaining, on the pitch and here. His passion is a model for all new players.

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Ray you legend

I only caught the tail end of you carrier so ready this book has filled some gaps for me, you sir are a true Arsenal Legend

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A great listen for and Arsenal fan

very enjoyable listen. Takes you all though a great career and has some funny stories alo g the way

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Great book

Couldn't stop listening once I started and plenty of laughs along the way I thoroughly recommend it .

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Entertaining

loved it very funny in places eye-opening in others a must listen for everyone ☆

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It's all right. Probably tried to cover too much

Would have preferred more detail on the Wenger Era and the invincibles.

Probably an accurate reflection of Ray's take on life though.

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Ok...

Good if you are an Arsenal fan... Ok if not. I bit flat in terms of story... I would say good for when you are doing boring jobs.