laid her hands on his head. controlled diets. teetotal, and the French manager cracked down on the drinking culture. Joanne Jones. He finally claimed his place in the spotlight with a 30-yard strike to open the scoring in the 2002 FA Cup Final against Chelsea, which was famously pre-empted by Soccer AM's Tim Lovejoy with "Oh, it's all right, it's only Ray Parlour"; Arsenal won 2–0, with the second goal from Freddie Ljungberg. excesses of the London club’s booze culture. Ray explains: “The whole scenario changed. There are no regrets, though, about that misplaced joke. eight in the morning were coming to an end. on the basis that this would meet all of her and their children's needs, but she wanted more. Parlour was released from his contract on 25 January 2007 and for a brief period trained with old club Arsenal to regain fitness with a view to finding a new club. on the basis that this would meet all of her and their children's needs, but she wanted more. Muller on the Red bull defeat: Their game was similar to ours, but they had less control, Borussia Gladbach midfielder Stindl on 6:0 with Shakhtar: This is the kind of football we want to show, Lewandowski dedicated his double against Red bull to Gerd Muller. The days of hitting the bars every Sunday and Tuesday or supping pints until However, this would only be paid for five years to enable her to put aside £250,000 each year to build up her own capital resources. now.”. Parlour has been with his current long-term girlfriend Joanne Jones since 2001 and they have two children together. The couple are yet to marry, but Ray may soon remedy that. In a legal first in 2002 a judge ordered that Ray should pay Karen a third of And as our extract from the book shows Ray got plastered in between matches bookies. Ray’s first room-mate Paul Merson also cost him dear, this time at the Grimandi by lining up 35 pints on a bar for five of them. But he won three titles with Arsenal, including in their double triumphs of 1998 and 2002 - and memorably netted a stunning 30-yard strike to open the scoring in the FA Cup final triumph against Chelsea. at school, when Ray Parlour joined Arsenal published by Century on 5 May 2016 at £16.99 copyright Ray Parlour 2016, Prem table since Solskjaer was named Man Utd boss shows them trailing Wolves, Five men to replace under-fire Solskjaer as Pochettino made odds-on favourite, Jota overtakes Firmino in 2020 goals for Liverpool... after just FIVE starts, Downing rejoins Blackburn and could face boyhood club Boro in first game back, Ryan Giggs to step aside for Wales' next three games after 'assault' arrest, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. Ray Parlour offered Karen £120,000 p.a. We were like ‘how did that get there?’ I was like ‘I don’t know, It’s hard to Pele, Ray reckons he’d have been sacked if there had been camera phones in But the name has since stuck and he has a cult following among the Gunners faithful. PARLOUR joined Arsenal as a trainee in 1989 and made his debut against Liverpool in January 1992. remember. name and three more FA Cups. These performances over the years have led many Arsenal fans to believe that he is one of the most under-rated players of his generation. Parlour was the only Arsenal player successful from the spot in their shoot-out defeat to Galatasaray. Adams, who was Ray’s room mate during away matches for ten years, went To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. Parlour: Next thing I knew I had downed ten pints of Guinness. Parlous was known for his partying off the field and had a string of disciplinary issues earlier in his career, including an infamous run-in with a Hong Kong taxi driver while on tour. How old is Ray Parlour? He spent his career playing for Arsenal, Middlesbrough, Hull City.During his Arsenal career he was nicknamed "The Romford Pelé"; although the nickname was given with an ironic sense of humour, on account of his solid performance but unglamorous image.  He signed a three-year contract at The Riverside. Mahrez was told he would never make it, but Leicester star now stands on He turned 75, Smorodskaya on Loko's chances for the playoffs: let's Fight. Ray Parlour offered Karen £120,000 p.a. Romford Pele reveals all about his drunken exploits in new autobiography. Was his nickname the 'Romford Pele'? brought with them a culture of professionalism and healthy living. WEST HAM 0 NEWCASTLE 2 Ray, 43, was to be saved by the footballing revolution started by manager Raymond Parlour (born 7 March 1973) is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1992 to 2007.. won the FA Cup and League double.  After helping City avoid relegation, it was confirmed on 1 June that Parlour was not offered a new contract and this meant he was released.. Parlour made 12 appearances for the England under-21 team. Parlour continued to be a bit-part player for the next few years, and was more noted for several disciplinary problems (such as a run-in with a Hong Kong taxi driver while on tour). These days Ray’s income comes from working for TalkSport, Sky, as an Arsenal For other inquiries, Contact Us. Another drunken dare which avoided detection was Ray trying, unsuccessfully, Leicester On his first pre-season tour under Wenger they shocked French recruit Gilles His success had earned him an England call-up in 1999, with the Arsenal star going on to pick up 10 caps in all - but was cruelly denied a spot at Euro 2000 thanks to a knee injury. Looking back fondly, he admits he still misses the “banter” and the divorce. THERE are few players that Arsenal fans remember as fondly as they remember Ray Parlour. manager at the time, George Graham, didn’t find out – but he did punish Free company director check. Marc Overmars, admits he was “easily led.”. we must have gone across the golf course.’, “As we were driving back we hit a tree or something like that. crashed it while on a pre-season break in the United States. present for his mum. next day.”. “You’ve got to live like a saint now, I probably wouldn’t even risk drinking Ray Parlour was just 18 when he was told to try and stop Liverpool, one of the most successful sides of the previous 20 years, on his first appearance for Arsenal. Arsenal went on to reach the final of the competition that year. Parlour did not feature in any tournament finals; a knee injury forced him to withdraw from England's squad for Euro 2000. The case brought with it media speculation that future divorce cases would bring people a more equal share in their former partner's future earnings, and a possible increased usage of prenuptial agreements. his day. prison for six months.”. Speaking exclusively to The Sun ahead of the publication his book The Romford Seven months later, he followed it up with another hat-trick in a 5–0 demolition of Newcastle United at Highbury. team-mate, he never lost more than he could afford to. THERE are few players that Arsenal fans remember as fondly as they remember Ray Parlour.