Les Parry

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Les Parry
Personal information
Full name Leslie Parry
Date of birth (1957-11-27) 27 November 1957 (age 60)[1]
Place of birth Birkenhead, England
Teams managed
Years Team
2009–2012 Tranmere Rovers

Dr. Les Parry (born 27 November 1957) was the manager of Tranmere Rovers Football Club from October 2009 to March 2012.[2]

Parry is a qualified physiotherapist and worked with Tranmere Rovers in that capacity since the early nineties before succeeding John Barnes in the managerial position at Tranmere.

Managerial career[edit]

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

Rovers sacked manager John Barnes and his assistant, Jason McAteer, after a run of just two league wins from 11 matches on 9 October 2009. As a result, Parry was placed in temporary charge, to be assisted by reserve boss Shaun Garnett.[3] His first match was a 0–1 home loss to Stockport County.[4] On 16 December, he was appointed manager until the end of the season after an encouraging five wins and three draws (sixteen losses) as caretaker boss.[5] Parry successfully kept Tranmere in League One, securing the team's place for the next season with a vital victory away at Stockport on the final day of the 2009-10 season. Parry continued to fill the physiotherapist role alongside that of manager until the appointment of Steve Walker in June 2010.[6]

After finishing 18th in the 2010-11 campaign, his first full season in charge, Parry was awarded the Liverpool Echo Special Award for Outstanding Service to Sport.[7] In the same season, Parry completed the amazing feat of attending 1001 consecutive First Team matches [8] a feat made more remarkable by the fact that for more than 900 of those matches when he was physio, he wore nothing more than tee-shirt and shorts, even on the coldest of evenings.[9] His notoriety as a hard man resulted in his famous shorts being the central focus in the Tranmere Rovers showcase at the new Museum of Merseyside [10] The team made a strong start the following season, with Rovers in 5th place at the end of August and Parry was nominated for the NW Manager of the Year award.[11] However, they had a run of 11 matches without a win (on a wider scale 1 win in 20), leading to the physio's dismissal on 4 March 2012.[12]

Parry was appointed as physiotherapist at Accrington Stanley until the end of the 2011/12 season[13] and stayed there until joining Manchester United on 1 January 2013 to work with the development and academy squads in Athletic Development.[14] In October 2014, Parry was awarded the prestigious Fabrice Muamba Award for Medical and Science Professional of the Year.[15]



These statistics include all league and cup first team fixtures.[16][17]

As of 3 March 2012
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Tranmere Rovers 9 October 2009 4 March 2012 131 40 34 57 030.53
Total 131 40 34 57 030.53

Personal life[edit]

Parry began his working life as a trainee shipwright at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead.[18] During this period of his life he was named 'British Apprentice of the Year' in 1974.[18] He followed this with a career as an airframe fitter at British Aerospace.[18] After a period working in Germany[18] he returned to the UK where he studied Physiotherapy at the University of Salford.[18] In addition, he also acquired a qualification in sports science.[18] Following this he opened a clinic,[18] and a business to train health and fitness instructors.[18]

He started as part-time physio at Tranmere in 1991[18] before being appointed full-time by Johnny King in 1993.[19]

Parry completed a PhD in "Sports injuries in professional soccer and the effects of detraining" at Liverpool John Moores University in July 2010.[20][21]

Parry released a single named "I'm Les The White Legs Parry" which changed words from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" in 2006. It sold 2,000 copies to raise money for charity.[22]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Les Parry profile". LMA. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Official Club Statement". Tranmere Rovers Official Website. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Tranmere sack Barnes and McAteer". BBC Sport. 2009-10-09. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  4. ^ "Tranmere 0 - 1 Stockport". BBC Sport. 2009-10-12. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  5. ^ "Parry has Tranmere job for season". BBC Sport. 2009-12-16. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  6. ^ "Tranmere Rovers unveil new physio Steve Walker from Crewe". Liverpool Echo. 2010-06-29. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  7. ^ http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/tranmere-rovers-rock-les-parry-3427389
  8. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-272613626.html
  9. ^ http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/tranmere-rovers-fc-les-parrys-3360398
  10. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1239951/He-hasn-t-got-legs-Leona-beat-number--Tranmere-boss-Les-Parry-right-song.html
  11. ^ https://paulharpersportswriter.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/sir-alex-ferguson-versus-les-parry/
  12. ^ "Tranmere Rovers sack manager Les Parry". BBC Sport. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  13. ^ Liverpool Echo, Former Tranmere Rovers FC manager Les Parry lands physio role at Accrington Stanley, 30 March 2012. Accessed 16 April 2012
  14. ^ "Parry moves to pastures new". League Medical Association. 2013-01-01. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  15. ^ http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3564/title=sterling,+dyche,+dalglish+-+big+winners+at+mbna+northwest+football+awards+2014
  16. ^ "2009-2010 Fixtures". Tranmere Rovers Official Website. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  17. ^ "Les Parry's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The physio who became a manager". BBC. 6 October 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  19. ^ Wyett, Charlie (2009-12-04). "Parry has Rover and clout". London: The Sun. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  20. ^ "Students Conference - Pain can be 'unlearned'". Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  21. ^ "Tranmere boss Les Parry picks up PhD just weeks after saving Rovers from the drop". London: Daily Mail. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  22. ^ "IN THE CLUB: LES PARRY". The Football League. 2008-09-09. Retrieved 2009-12-17.