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Where Are They Now is designed for you if you are a football fan who is as curious as us to find out what happened to your favourite footballers after they retired from playing. The first edition of our book was published in 1996 and we thought that it was probably about time that we created an online version!

How often have you heard someone say "I wonder what happened to...?"

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!

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Interesting Stories

Curtis Woodhouse

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.

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SHANKS, DON, Don get in touch mate if you are in England for a beer and get together. Remember the times playing cards at my mum and Dads with Gilly !!

Alan Wulbern Rangers F.C
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KENDALL, HOWARD, I recall Howard's playing days at St Andrews. He was a class act.

I moved north in the 70's and was told about Howard's skill as a church organist! Apparently, he played the organ at a local Methodist Church when he was in his teens - quite an achievement.
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SMITH, RAY, Ah , Smudger Smith - Smithy and Albert( Kinsey )were our heroes in the late 60' s . Song ? Smithy , Smithy , we'd walk a million miles for one your goals , my Smithy ! Aparently moved on to Peterborough . Saw Ray and Steve Ingle in " The Gate Hangs High " pub back then after a game . Great days .
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MELLOR, PETER, Iv been told he is my cousin , my dad was from glossop Derbyshire England
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HOUGHTON, KEN, Hi Ken how are you?? we were friends for years. We were friends together when we used to go Thrybergh together after school where you met Maureen. Graham Flint
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CHATTERLEY, LEW, I worked at the local hospital on a yts scheme and had to walk home every night on route i met Lew unloading kit outside the hotel the Team were staying at, Lew asked me where they could train at the next day so i advised him i was invited to show them to the park and join in Great memories which i will never foget Thanks Lew
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VASPER, PETER, Played football with big Pete at the Bank of England Printing Works. Although he was a keeper he used to play outfield on a Sunday morning for the works team. He was also a decent fast bowler.
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O'ROURKE, JOHN, We met John later in life through his business in Highcliffe on Sea and we remember him as a lovely, lovely man and one of life's true gentlemen. He always worked extremely hard but always had a smile on his face and a friendly word. Although we subsequently met infrequently it was always a joy to see him. We will miss him and we know he will be sorely missed by Deidre and his family. With best wishes to Deidre and family from Keith, Jenny, Piers, & Karen
Updated: 07-08-16

BARTLEY, TONY, Aiden I m Tony's daughter Lisa please contact me at lisabartley31@gmail.com he would be over the moon to hear from you. He never stops talking about his time in Sligo and all the fabulous people he met.

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HICKTON, JOHN, Remember seeing John play at Bramall
Lane Sheffield for Chesterfield schoolboys against Sheffield schoolboys. He took a penalty and hit it do hard it broke the net. Played with him at Brimington school and he was a colossus. Could head the ball over half the length of the pitch.his younger brother Ray also played professional football but not as well.
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