Top critical review
Some good stories, but overall a bit disappointing
24 July 2017
I was looking forward to reading this book. My hope was that it would give some insights into the great Arsenal team of the early 2000s, and have a few good stories of drunken escapades and high jinks. In the end, my overall feeling was of disappointment. There is no doubt that Ray Parlour is an Essex geezer through and through, and was one of the old school of footballers who liked a drink. However despite several stories that were new to me, I was left unsatisfied. Many of the stories finished quite abruptly and I wondered where the punchline was. No real revelations about Arsene Wenger, but confirmation that he is a very tolerant man and a bit of figure of fun for Ray and some of his team mates. Of course I realise that the writing was supposed to reflect Ray's speech and thoughts as much as possible but I expected better of a book ghost written by Amy Lawrence. Her occasional punditry on Radio 5 Live, and her articles in the Guardian have been intelligent and thoughtful. Maybe in this case, the two opposites did not create a good product.