...By Solomon Thomas for TDPel Media.
Ray Parlour, former captain of Arsenal, has shared a lighthearted anecdote about his time on the pitch with Paul Ince.
The two players made a £50 bet on the outcome of a coin toss before a game in which Parlour’s Arsenal were set to play against Ince’s Middlesbrough.
Parlour won the bet, but also received a yellow card in the process.
Ince ended up winning the second toss, and paid up the bet in the end.
Parlour shared the story during an interview with talkSPORT, where he joked about his fun side on the pitch.
He explained how he and Ince made a cheeky bet on the outcome of a coin toss that would determine which end of the pitch they would start from.
He won the first bet, but received a yellow card for it, after which Ince won the second toss.
Ince’s Recent Sacking
Ince was recently sacked from his role as manager of Reading after the team fell into the relegation zone.
A statement from the club thanked Ince and his assistant for their efforts during a difficult season, but made it clear that the focus of the team was on survival for the rest of the season.
Parlour’s anecdote is a light-hearted example of the fun and camaraderie that can exist on the pitch, even between opposing teams.
While sports are competitive by nature, moments like this can show that players are not always at each other’s throats, and can share a laugh or two even in the midst of a heated match.
It’s also worth noting that Ince’s recent sacking highlights the high stakes and pressures involved in professional sports, where even the slightest dip in performance can have significant consequences.