Scott Parker’s FWA Award didn’t surprise any of us West Ham fans, he’s been doing it all season in Claret and Blue. We are just delighted he’s finally had the chance to do it in an England shirt. The fact he’s not a regular is seen, in the East End of London at least, as criminal as supporting Tottenham.
Parker bosses our midfield, he never runs out of energy, he pings balls all over the park and, what’s more, he does it all whilst looking like a very dapper, very handsome Second World War fighter pilot. He wears his shorts too high, he tucks his shirt in, his heavily Brylcreemed hair is something from a bygone era, yet he looks stylish.
My girlfriend had little interest in football, and none in West Ham, that is until she saw Parker play. She’s suddenly our greatest fan and what’s more it doesn’t bother me. Parker is such a gentleman that even if she threw herself at him (which of course she wouldn’t!) he would undoubtedly turn her down in the nicest of ways, Scottie would never steal another man’s woman. He just looks like that kind of guy-. Parker seems to be the antithesis of most modern professional footballers’; he’s polite, charming, industrious and un-spoilt. Despite West Ham’s disastrous season, and apparent interest from other clubs, he’s never angled for a transfer, never publicly demanded a pay rise and never questioned the management. There are not many footballers you can say that about.
Parker bosses our midfield, he never runs out of energy, he pings balls all over the park and, what’s more, he does it all whilst looking like a very dapper, very handsome Second World War fighter pilot.
West Ham have a fine tradition of stylish footballers from Bobby Moore to Trevor Brooking and Tony Cottee. Although Parker didn’t come through the ranks at West Ham he’s been welcomed like the youngest son in that line. He fills the role of the gentleman footballer at Upton Park perfectly. That’s not to say we don’t also love our lunatics Paolo Di Canio the Italian fascist/football genius, Tomas Repka, the Czech hard man who seemed to get sent off in every game he played, and Julian Dicks, who had one of the worst haircuts and strongest penalty kicks I have ever seen, they all had the adoration of the Boleyn faithful.
But Parker, and his limitless talents and charms, shouldn’t be kept in the East End, he needs to be an England regular. There are few players on the team who I’m proud to say are English- we’ve got strikers who sleep with elderly prostitutes, defenders who sell tours of the training ground and sleep with their teammates ex partners and players involved in more video, girl, teammate combinations than you care to imagine- but not Parker. As well as being a supremely talented player he seems like a decent bloke. Surely this is the type of player we want as a regular for the Three Lions?
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