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Ray Parlour

Ray Parlour

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Perhaps one of the most likeable and celebrated football speakers out there, Ray Parlour is best known for a professional football career that saw him spend 12 years at his beloved Arsenal. During this time, Ray saw English football transform from a place where players were talented but not the healthiest, to a revolution of sports science brought about by the introduction of Arsene Wenger in 1996. When hired as a football speaker, Ray can discuss both aspects of his career, how he saw the club change under Wenger and add his own insights into the modern game.

Ray came through Arsenal’s youth academy, making his debut against Liverpool in 1992. From here, he went on to play over 450 games for the club and won three league titles, four FA Cups, one League Cup and one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. Undoubtedly, Ray’s greatest moment in an Arsenal shirt came in the 2002 FA Cup final, when he opened the scoring with a fantastic 30-yard strike that put the Gunners well on their way to winning the Double. When booked as a football speaker, he’s able to discuss this moment as well as explain what it was like being in the dressing room during one of the club’s most successful periods

After Arsenal, Ray played for Middlesbrough and Hull City before retiring and he also won 10 England caps in his career.

He was given the nickname ‘The Romford Pele’ by Arsenal fans, a tongue in cheek yet affectionate nod to his down to earth and self-deprecating personality that saw him become a huge hit among Gooners everywhere. It’s these qualities that have seen him continue to be a hit in retirement, and since hanging up his boots he’s forged a successful career as a pundit and broadcaster most notably for radio station TalkSport. The skills that have seen him become so well-loved among listeners are seamlessly transferred to every event he attends, and this is just one of the reasons Ray has become one of the most popular football speakers on the circuit.

Want to book Ray Parlour as an after-dinner football speaker for your next event? If so, get in touch with the team at Evolve today, we’ll be more than happy to help facilitate your booking.

Topics and Themes

  • Football
  • Sporting Success

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