11 of Ray Parlour’s best anecdotes: Kolo Toure, Spurs, playing drunk & more

Quick Reads

Ray Parlour won nine major honours and went a full Premier League season unbeaten as a player for Arsenal – and most importantly he has plenty of incredible stories about it all.

The midfielder, nicknamed the “Romford Pele”, is a regular on talkSPORT and often has us in fits of laughter listening to some of the crazy things that went on during the 90s and 2000s.

We’ve picked out some of our favourite stories…

The Double

In 2002, Arsenal completed the Double as they won the Premier League and FA Cup.

Parlour scored in the cup final and has since recalled the few days that followed – including an away game against title rivals Manchester United.

Kolo Toure

The centre-back certainly had an eventful trial.

Keown on Sherwood

Martin Keown knows how to hold a grudge.

Right on the sauce

A long flight to South Africa, a sleeping manager and a training session a few hours after landing. What could go wrong?

Tottenham mates

When Parlour spotted two of his Spurs-supporting mates at White Hart Lane, he thought he’d have some fun…

The Carlsberg Lounge

If this teaches us one thing, it’s to always be ready. But free beer is never something to turn down.

Black eye

Sounds like it’s fairly easy to con Arsene Wenger.

Sir Alex

Fergie even managed to get George Graham to break his own strict rules.

What a plant pot

As if they thought no-one would notice.

Steve Bould

“You guys can do whatever you want tonight.” This was only ever going to end one way.


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