Have you ever wondered what happened to all of those players that you have seen come and go over the years? The heroes and the villains? The saints and the sinners? The stars that you talked about for years after they had retired and those you instantly forgot?
If so, Where Are They Now? is definitely for you!
Not all players end up running pubs or become TV pundits! It's no secret what Gary Lineker is up to these days but what about the many thousands of players who have slipped from public view? The first edition of "Where Are They Now?" uncovered some fascinating post football stories including the former Arsenal striker who became Iceland's Finance Minister; Millionaires; Bankrupts; Vicars; Comedians; Singers; a Phil Collins lookalike... and one or two publicans!
I lived in Tullis House and Forsyth house. My back balcony looked onto the Facey back balcony overlooking the car park. I went to school with his sons David and Johnathan. David got knocked down by a bus in Well Street. My mum was Rene (Scottish) novelty in the 50s. The Faceys were lovely people. I hope they remember me. My sister was Yvonne
The year is 1958, Alan had just won his first cap for England on a Wednesday evening against Russia. The following Saturday he is in the bus queue in Prescott heading to Anfield for a league game. The No. 10 bus arrives and the stampede begins as the fans push forward. As Alan attempts to board, the bus conductor informs him the vehicle is now full and he must wait for the next one. Suddenly a voice from the top deck shouts down that he must board the bus because he is playing in the game that afternoon.Absolutey priceless !!
I played in the Feniscowles youth team against Fred in the under sixteen league in Blackburn before he went to the Rovers.
This we had our own ground at Feniscowles which was full hollows and this particular Saturday the hollows were full of water from the recent showers. Fred being a big lad for his age and knew how to intimidate the opposition, I was playing right back and saw Fred bearing down to put me relieve me of the ball, as he got close I pushed the ball away from me but left my foot out. Fred did the best impression of a swan landing on water as he ploughed through the water that I have ever seen. I was rightly penalised but Fred never came near me again.
I don't know if you remember those days Fred were you got changed by the pitch side and the only showers fell not too infrequent from the sky.
I first saw Ian Gibson as a very young player at Bradford and was delighted when he signed for Middlesbough. He was enormously talented and Revie was quoted that he had thoughts of him being at the hub of his Leeds Team (Bremner and Giles were to be the eventual midfield). In a 3-2 victory for Boro over Leeds at Elland Road, Gibson was outstanding.
A brilliant talent.
Hull City, York City. (1953-1965) Tommy played in total (League and Cup) 428 times for York City, spending 12 years at the club after joining from Hull in June 1954. He was virtually unchallenged as York's number one 'keeper for 8 seasons. He helped York gain promotion in 1958/59 and 1964/65, and holds the club record for the amount of clean sheets achieved.. Now lives in New Zealand.(Also played for York in their 1955 FA Cup semi final, while in the Third Division North)
Mr Leslie was my sports teacher at Cardinal Pole from 1975 to 1978. A true gent. I had ambitions at the time of getting into pro football. He gave me lots of advice and encouragement and actually took time out to speak to you one on one. I will never forget him
When I was very young I used to live next door to Gordon. We were in Abbots Langley and I have fond memories of Gordon and his brother who I think was called Norman.
The night before he played for Blackburn in a cup replay v chesterfield me and my dad met him on the bus as he was returning to his digs and generously he paid our fares which was 4d and 2d at the time. He was my idol as a lad so humble and shy. What would he be worth today?
George Guy was my father in law. He was married to May Entwistle in 1926 and had 2 children, Phyllis born 1927 died 1981 and Kenneth (my late husband) born in 1933 died 1982. We have a grandson Jake (George's great grandson) who is also a footballer and plays for Fleetwood Town under 15s.
I remember a goal he scored against Southampton in the FA Cup 3rd round in the 70's, Losing 3-2 he got the ball around the half-way line dragged it through the mud and buried his shot into the top corner, unfortunately we lost the replay 2-0
When we researched the first printed edition of 'Where Are They Now?' in the 1990's, footballers were already incredidbly well paid by conventional employment standards but prior to that, players had to find a new career once they had hung up their boots.
This meant that we unearthed plenty of interesting and un-expected stories, many of which are found on the site. Sadly, there were some we could not re-produce for legal reasons - sorry!
Playing professional football, particularly at the highest level should ensure that modern players should not have to worry about money for the rest of their lives. Thankfully, this has not limited the number of fascinating tales for us to tell. For example, were you aware that former Sheffield United midfielder Curtis Woodhouse became British light welterweight champion when he took up professional boxing, having apparently 'fallen out of love' with football? If the rumours are true, he was not just a winner in the ring! At one point, he was considered to be 50 to 1 outsider to win the title and a successful £5,000 bet scooped him a cool £250,000 when he defeated defending champion Darren Hamilton.
If you know of any other stories that may interest fellow fans, please do let us know.