Ray Parlour

Where is Ray Parlour now?

After spending 14 years at Arsenal, fan’s favourite Ray Parlour finally retired in 2007 after helping his last club Hull City avoid relegation from the Championship.

During his illustrious Arsenal career, Parlour won three Premier League titles (including the 2003-04 ‘Invincibles’ season), the FA Cup four times, the League Cup and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup.

He also represented England on the international stage and won 10 caps over a two-year period in 1999 and 2000.

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Since retiring from playing, Parlour has been working as a football pundit on both television and radio with talkSPORT, Radio 5 Live and Sky Sports.

In June 2012 he was persuaded to come out of retirement and join Wembley FC’s FA Cup campaign under Terry Venables in what was essentially a promotional exercise for Budweiser.

He was joined with other ex Premier League players such as Graeme Le Saux, David Seaman and Brian McBride.

Unfortunately the team was beaten in one of the preliminary rounds.

Away from football Parlour has been involved in various business ventures including an event company and also co-ownership of a pub called The Ferry Boat Inn in North Fambridge, Essex.

In May 2016, Parlour released his autobiography The Romford Pelé full of anecdotes and amusing stories from his playing days.

The book was a huge success and was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller.

In 2017 Parlour was signed up by Playon as one of their ambassadors. Founded by former England international Viv Anderson, Playon is a global network of sports professionals which provide ex-players with an opportunity to keep earning and maintaining their value in retirement.

The network also assists with some of the main issues ex-professionals are faced with when they retire from professional sports such as depression and anxiety.

In March 2019, Parlour participated in a TV series called ‘Harry’s Heroes’ which saw football manager Harry Redknapp take a number of ex professionals on a journey to lose weight with the end goal of playing a team of ex Germany internationals.

Ironically, England won the game 4-2 – the same scoreline as the 1966 World Cup Final.

Follow Ray Parlour on Twitter @RealRomfordPele

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Ray Parlour: Premier League Statistics

NationalityEnglish
PositionMidfielder
Appearances379
Goals20
Yellow Cards62
Red Cards3
Premier League Teams Played forArsenal, Middlesbrough

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com