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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.

©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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Great story

It was hard to listen to the author Pronounce Names wrongly. But otherwise a great listen and great inside to the ARSENAL

thanks Ray

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brilliant book best book I have ever read 😀

brilliant 👏 👏 👏 👏 👏 👏 👏 book loved listening to it looking forward to listening to it again loved the book george Graham was a great influence on the team so was wenger in a different way 😀 👍 😊 😄 👌 😉 😀 👍

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Any Gooners dream book!

What a read, great storys and insight on some of the best years at Arsenal Football club!

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Arsenal legend

What a man and what a legend! Very underrated player for Arsenal. Loved listening to this, so many grest stories!

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Couldn’t manage more than a few minutes

Really didn’t get on with the narrator’s voice. Something about it just grated. Shame, I was looking forward to it.

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Great book!!

loved every second of this book, he's been one of my football heroes since I was a kid..it has everything!
even a slightly massive over the top stream of mentioning Tony Adams...the legend!

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Excellent read

Absolutely loved this. Had me hooked hearing the brilliant stories from an underrated but key player in Arsenal’s history and some great perspective from the inside!

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Fantastic account of a fantastic career

You knew from the title that this was going to be funny but when you’re walking down the street with headphones on laughing out loud and people are staring at you as if your mad that it is brilliant.

Didn’t want the stories to end...

Ray Parlour will always be an Arsenal Legend in my eyes..

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Real Romford Pele

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