Ray Parlour is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1992 to 2007.
He spent his career playing for Arsenal, Middlesbrough, Hull City. During his Arsenal career he was nicknamed “The Romford Pelé”, although the nickname was given with an ironic sense of humour, on account of his solid performance but unglamorous image. He has been described as an “unsung hero” and praised as a “fans’ favourite” for his high-energy performances. He is now a pundit on television, as well as on radio stations BBC Radio 5 Live and Talksport. In 2012 he briefly came out of retirement to play for Wembley in the club’s FA Cup fixtures.