Arsenal Invincible Ray Parlour reveals why he snubbed Sports Personality of the Year awards in 2004 – ‘I went to the pub and played darts’

    We all know Ray Parlour loves his Cobrabombs.

    But it turns out the Arsenal Invincible adores them that much, he swerved the 2004 Sports Personality of the Year awards for them! Or some kind of alcoholic beverage, anyway…

    Arsenal legend Parlour made 447 appearances for the Gunners… but didn’t fancy a trip to SPOTY

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    Arsenal legend Parlour made 447 appearances for the Gunners… but didn’t fancy a trip to SPOTY

    The annual Sports Personality of the Year is coming round once again on Wednesday night, with Lionesses star, Euro 2022 winner and Arsenal forward Beth Mead nominated for the main award.

    One of the Gunners former stars, Parlour, was chatting about SPOTY with talkSPORT Breakfast co-host Natalie Sawyer and about when he snubbed an invited to the glitzy do.

    The Arsenal squad were nominated for the Team of the Year award for their unbeaten Premier League title winning season in 2003/04, with Arsene Wenger up for the Manager of the Year gong.

    However, Invincibles legend Parlour has revealed he skipped the event, as he wanted to go down to his local for a pint and a game of darts instead.

    You can take the boy out of Romford…

    Parlour explained: “We got nominated for Team of the Year didn’t we in ’04 for the Invincibles.

    Former Arsenal boss Wenger won the Manager of the Year award in 2004, but Parlour wasn’t there to see his gaffer collect the gong

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    Former Arsenal boss Wenger won the Manager of the Year award in 2004, but Parlour wasn’t there to see his gaffer collect the gong

    “I didn’t go, I can’t remember now! Maybe a few of the guys went, but I didn’t go.”

    When asked if it was a select few of them who were allowed to go and represent the team, he laughed: “If the whole team wanted to go, we could’ve gone, but half the lads were like, ‘Can’t be arsed’!”

    “I played the darts down my local that night, I couldn’t go!”

    To which Sawyer replied: “Yeah right, you’d have been drinking Cobra bombs, that’s what you’d have been doing!”

    It’s no surprise Parlour was down the pub!

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    It’s no surprise Parlour was down the pub!

    Parlour was a key part of the Gunners side that won the league in 2004, with Wenger’s side going unbeaten the entire season – hence the nickname The Invincibles.

    But Arsenal didn’t end up went on to won the SPOTY award that year, with Great Britain’s Olympic rowing team winning it instead after they won gold at Athens 2004.

    Good thing Parlour was in the pub!

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