Thursday, January 25, 2007

Ray Parlour Leaves

Ray Parlour
Today saw the sad sight of Ray Parlour, the Romford Pele, parting company with Middlesbrough Football Club. Ray, at the fag end of his career, could not get in the first team anymore and was moved on. Ray Parlour has legendary status in my office because of his character's extraordinary abilities in Pro Evolution Soccer on the Playstation. This game is the recreation of choice during breaks and lunchtime and Ray can always be relied upon to turn matches around with his mazy wing play and ferocious shot.

When Glenn Hoddle asked mystic Eileen Drewrey to give Ray a reading while on England duty, Drewrey put her hands on Parlour's head and he asked for a "short back and sides'.

Another Ray anecdote from a Ray Parlour fan site:

Comedian Alan Davies, a lifelong Gooner, gave a nice speech at the Football Writers' tribute dinner to Tony Adams. He repeated a tale from Ray Parlour about how Arsene Wenger was dubbed 'Clouseau' by the Arsenal players. Before one game the Frenchman ushered his players out into the tunnel before excusing himself to go to the toilet. Unfortunately, there was a security alert and the players were told to return to the dressing room. When Wenger re-emerged to find his squad milling around, he asked them what was going on. Up piped Ray Parlour, in his finest Peter Sellers impersonation: "There is a burm." To which Wenger replied, classically: "A burm?" As everyone dissolved in laughter, Parlour continued: "Yes, a burm." When the laughter had stopped, Wenger said: "Raymond . . . I do believe you are having a joke with me.''



Blogger Polarbear said...

very amusing.
No mention for Ughio Eggnog? I do believe he once gave you a stunning photo opportunity.

Anyway we may be losing the playstation talents of Ray but at least Lee Dong-Gook is on the way.

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