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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.

Latest Updates

CLARKE, Alan Walsall, Leicester City, Leeds United Played for England
Updated: 17-07-16 Den Rolls

HALL, IAN, Hi, Ian is my granddad, to the commenter above, please e-mail me if you still haven't gotten in touch with him. He is now living a happy retired life in Spain, so I don't see him too often but I have his number and e-mail, thanks,
Updated: 17-07-16

SKEELS, ERIC, I went school with Eric and was a close mate until i emigrated to Australia in 1966,Eric had just been signed by Stoke after his off season tour of Gibralter,unfortunatly i have lost contact with him and would be happy to contact him in someway.
Updated: 17-07-16

SAINTY, John Tottenham Hotspur, Reading, Bournemouth, Aldershot Currently retired and living in Verwood, Hampshire
Updated: 17-07-16 Marc Brown

ORMSBY, BRENDAN, Brendan had a stroke a few years back and it affected him quite badly. I went to a sportsman's evening in 2015 with Alan McInally that he attended and although not the same as before, he was fighting his way back. A genuine guy and deserving of so much respect for fighting back to where he is now.
Updated: 17-07-16

DAVIES, RON, Ron was superb for Luton. Fantastic in the air, (he could float), great movement, a proven goal scorer! When I heard he was likely to leave LT, I wrote to him and pleaded with him to stay! I was at school then & unaware of commercial realities!
Updated: 17-07-16

LOCHHEAD, ANDY, A quote from his Leicester days, when someone pointed out that he hadn't scored many goals for Leicester:
"It is not my job to score goals. My job is to unsettle the opposition".
Updated: 17-07-16

WEBB, DAVID, What a great guy Webby is. I was a youth player when Dave turned full time at The Orient under Dave Sexton. Many years later I met him in Perth. I was playing for Western Australia against Bournemouth who he was managing at the time of the club's tour of Australia. It was funny as I was standing at the toilet taking a pee before the game and standing next to me was Webby. Unfortunately we lost 4 nil but it was great catching up with him and having a chat about the days at The O's. With Sexton at the time of the Orient days was Malcolm Musgrove. Good old days. Dave had huge success with Chelsea and others and I was fortunate enough to play 5 times for Australia in 1975.
Updated: 17-07-16

HUTCHINSON, IAN, Ian Hutchinson was (and is) my favourite player ever. I used to go and see him and Peter Osgood every week in their pub. He was always happy to talk to me about his time at Chelsea and once let me hold his 1970 FA Cup winners medal, but unfortunately he wouldn't let me keep it!!
Updated: 17-07-16

PRINCE, FRANKIE, Yes agree with the former statements?
Looking at newspaper reports after his retirement from Torqyay United as a community officer he states he still feels 21!
Says it all?
Updated: 17-07-16