The Book I Just Finished

The Romford Pelé: It’s Only Ray Parlour’s Autobiography

I recently took a break after reading some excellent, but, shall we say, “heavier” pieces of literature (On Beauty by Zadie Smith, Dubliners by James Joyce), and devoured Ray Parlour’s recently released autobiography. What fun! As an Arsenal supporter with vivid memories of Parlour’s time at Arsenal it was a joy to romp down memory lane and follow his career as put forth in a tidy series of vignettes, recollections, and stories. He was never a star, but rather a key cog in the wheel of one of the best sides in history, and a critical link between the boozy days of the late 80s/early 90s and the refined professionalism ushered in by Arsène Wenger when he took charge in 1996. An unexpected delight was his take on his time at Hull City with a certain Dean Windass. Suffice to say, my assumptions about the stout striker’s lifestyle have been confirmed. Windass indeed…


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