“Arsenal Player Drinks 4 Pints of Beer Before Match – Then Outplays Liverpool!
Hello and welcome to another Ying Chao Ying Yu lesson. This will be a listening exercise based on former Arsenal Player Ray Parlour’s Interview about how he drank 4 Pints of Beer before playing Liverpool.
Follow these steps:
- Read the questions.
- Watch the video.
- Answer the questions.
- Check your understanding by reading the script and the “Useful Vocabulary”.
1.Who was Arsenal manager back then?
2.Who sponsored Liverpool?
3.How many minutes did Parlour have to play?
4.How much did Parlour have to pay in fines?
Interviewer: Ray, I have to now. I’m plumping up a big cushion. I’m making my self comfortable. Tell us of the day, you were forced to play drunk.
Ray Parlour: Ah, well, I wasn’t drunk. Erm, it was…
Interviewer: How much had you had to drink?
Ray Parlour: It was, it was at Anfield. I was a youngster and in them days, you took a lot of the players in the squad so there were six or seven left out..
Interviewer: Because there weren’t so many subs..
Ray Parlour: Yeah, you know, George Graham back then was manager, Stewart Houston was the Assistant, I was a youngster, I’m learning my trade and I said to one of the other older pros “So what do we do now?” He said: “Well, let’s go and have a few pints”
Interviewer: This is before the game?
Ray Parlour: We’ve got our suits on, so off I go obviously not involved in the game…
Interviewer: Liverpool are sponsored by Carlsberg…
Ray Parlour: Yeah, we were in the Carlsberg lounge..Free beer which is great. So we were all in there, we were all having a few pints and whatever, then 10 minutes before kick off Stewart Houston our Assistant manager has only gone and burst in to the room..”The boss is going mad..what are you doing?” I said: “Well, I’m having a few pints I’m gonna go and watch the game now..10 minutes before kick off.” He said: “No, you get downstairs now..” And I’m like that with half a pint…
Interviewer: Somebody’s been injured in the warm up..?
Ray Parlour: Someone’s been injured in the warm up, you’re next taxi on the rank.
Interviewer: You’re sub!
Ray Parlour: Yeah, I’m like that “Oh my God”
Interviewer: Hold on, what did Andy Linighan say?
Ray Parlour: Andy Linighan said: “Well, let him at least finish his pint!” Which I didn’t, to be fair. I did put straight on the bar, went downstairs and then I got changed, and George Graham I was thinking: “It’s OK, he won’t put me on”. I’m stinking of booze on the bench. 20 minutes to go: “Go and warm up, you’re going on”. I’m like that: “What?! 20 minutes! I don’t mind doing 2 minutes not 20”. So as I’m running down the line, all the Liverpool subs are going: “Was you out last night?” and I’m, like, “No, I’ve just had four pints in the bar upstairs!”. So I get on the pitch and I have a really good game to be fair – I think I set the goal up, and it was one of them situations where I got in after the game “How did I get away with that?” George Graham. “Well done, son, when you come on. You done really well for us. But he went round a few of the other players, he went straight back to me. He said to me: “You were in the bar before the game, two weeks wages fine!”. Bring the money Monday morning to my office.
Interviewer: Can I ask you a question, Ray?
Ray Parlour: I got fined two weeks wages, so instead of going up to the bar and having free drinks, it cost me…I was on about 300 quid a week then… it cost me..600 quid it cost me!
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