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!
Charlton Athletic FC, Leyton Orient, Romford Town, Bishops Stortford, Leytonstone FC, Hemel Hempstead FC, Altringham Town FC. (1969-1986) London School Boy honours, left sided full back and midfield player represented England Semi Professionals. After football became an engineer and moved into Managing Director roles for manufacturing business and now a CEO
I remember his first visit to Villa Park after he left, as player-manager of Oldham Athletic. He wasn't playing that day so just walked out of the tunnel towards the dugout on his own, in a suit. He didn't stop or acknowledge anybody, but the whole ground stood and applauded him. I was behind him, and even I could see he was trying not to cry.
David has now been the landlord of the Duke of Cornwall in Ivybridge for 24 years.
I played for Mick's Father as a youngster. Mick was on the books at Sunderland. A big bruising no compromising centre half . He played up front when we were short one day. He scored 4 or 5 against a top team,without breaking sweat They just couldn't get near him. The difference in class was enormous.
Hi Frank, us old Blues still remember you on the PA when you were introduced at one match as 'And the City substitute is Frank Carrocious'...... sounds lethal..!
While Malcolm was at Newcastle he got banned for drink driving. I used to watch the team train in Durham at the time and was a van driver. I saw him at the bus stop after training so gave him a lift home in the works van. He was very grateful.
I played with Derek on the back field every Sunday great lad at longbenton
Hi; Bryan is my all time favourite West Ham player. I used to love seeing him score goals and it gave me such a buzz. He was a fantastic player and one of the most natural goal scorers I have ever seen. I once wrote to Bryan and he wrote back to me in his own hand writing which was brilliant. I once had a picture of him on my wall showing him shooting against Gordon Banks. I would love to meet Bryan just to tell him how much I loved him (as a player) although my wife may not understand.
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.