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Ray Parlour

Ray Parlour
Complete Name: Raymond Ray Parlour
Nationality: English
Place of Birth: Romford, England
Date of Birth: 07/03/1973
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 75 kg
National Team: England
Current Club: Middlesbrough (England)
Position: Midfielder


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Club career history

Arsenal FC (England), Middlesbrough (England)


1998 Premiership Champions (Arsenal)
2002 Premiership Champions (Arsenal)
2004 Premiership Champions (Arsenal)
1998 FA Cup winner (Arsenal)
2002 FA Cup winner (Arsenal)
2003 FA Cup winner (Arsenal)
2000 UEFA Cup Finals (Arsenal)
2001 FA Cup Finals (Arsenal)


Raymond "Ray" Parlour (born March 7, 1973) is a former England international footballer born in Romford, England. Nicknamed "The Romford Pelé", he currently plays for Middlesbrough in the English FA Premier League.

Ray is most famous for his years at Arsenal, where he played for 15 years. Parlour joined Arsenal as a trainee in 1989, and made his debut for the Gunners against Liverpool on January 29, 1992, where he unfortunately conceded a penalty in a 2-0 defeat.

Parlour continued to be a bit-part player for the next few years, and was more noted for several disciplinary problems (such as a run-in with a Hong Kong taxi driver while on tour). He properly broke through in the 1994-95 season, and played in Arsenal's Cup Winners' Cup final loss to Real Zaragoza that season. However, Parlour only fully developed as a player after the arrival of Arsène Wenger as manager in 1996; he became a regular fixture playing on the right wing or in central midfield for Arsenal, and was man-of-the-match in the Gunners' 1998 FA Cup final win. However, he didn't get an England call-up until 1999; he won 17 caps for his country but did not play in any tournament finals.

He remained an unsung hero for many years until he claimed his deserved place in the spotlight with a brilliant 30-yard strike to open the scoring in the 2002 FA Cup Final against Chelsea (Arsenal won 2-0, with the second goal from Fredrik Ljungberg). While at Arsenal, Parlour won three League titles and two FA Cups, and played a total of 467 matches, scoring 32 goals. He moved to Middlesbrough in the summer of 2004, although still remains a fan's favourite at Arsenal.

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