Arsenal legend and football pundit
In a 17 year career which saw him make over 500 professional appearances, Ray Parlour is one of Arsenal’s greatest ever players. Spending 14 years with the Gunners, during that time he made 466 appearances and won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, one League Cup and one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.
Coming through the Arsenal academy, he made his debut for the club in 1992 and quickly became a fan favourite due to his ncredible work ethic in the midfield. In 1998, Arsenal won the double and Ray put in a man of the match performance in the FA Cup final against Newcastle, getting an assist for the team’s second goal.
His most memorable moment in an Arsenal shirt was in the 2002 FA Cup Final when he scored a stunning goal from 30 yards against Chelsea which helped the team on their way to victory. In 2004, after playing over 400 times for Arsenal, Ray signed for Middlesbrough He also made 10 appearances for England during his career.
Ray retired from football in 2007, briefly coming out of retirement in 2012 to play for Wembley FC in a one-off game. Since retirement ‘The Romford Pele’ as he has become nicknamed, has gone on to become one of the UK's most popular football pundits. Working on television and radio for the BBC and Talksport, Ray always proves popular amongst audiences.