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The Romford Pelé

It's Only Ray Parlour's Autobiography
Narrated by: Paul Thornley
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
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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 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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legend

a great listen. ray is a funny, awesome guy with some great stories. highly recommend

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loved this

great book, honest and very entertaining. romford pele is a legend. well read too. thanks

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Long live the Romford Pele!

Always interesting to understand what life is really like on the other side of the white line.

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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!