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Where Are They Now is designed for football fans who are as curious as us to find out what happened to their 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

RATCLIFFE, SIMON, Played with Simon in primary school football team. He was the youngest player in the team, and so obviously a class above.
Updated: 23-11-15

CONWAY , JIMMY, Jim lived two minutes away and his son Chris was my best mate at primary school himself a very good footballer who signed for Bolton. Jim took us both to Goodison Park watching Bolton youth one night, a lovely man with great football knowledge. A lovely family who i am proud to have memories of, best of health Jim
Updated: 23-11-15

MOORE, GRAHAM, Graham was a brill soccer player trult about the top ten players in welsh soccer was wales golden bot at one time now living in south wales
Updated: 23-11-15

NEWTON, HENRY, If I remember rightly Henry lived @ Firbeck Rd Wollaton with his mum & 2 brothers Ron & Alan.All 3 were good standard footballers I played against Ron when he was playing for 360 Club in Notts Sunday Premier League.I believe Alan worked and played for Players.

Updated: 23-11-15

NICHOLSON, PETER, Peter owned the first pair of continental soccer boots I had ever seen (at St Cuthberts school) cut below the ankle when the rest of us had 'proper' rugby style boots. Great of, glad you did so well!
Updated: 23-11-15

CONWAY , JIMMY, Jim signed for Portadown in the Irish League in 1966. That season he broke the club's post season scoring record with 37 goals. Was player manager for a few seasons.
Updated: 23-11-15

OSGOOD, KEITH, I lived in the next street to Keith. We were in the same junior and senior school team... he was the scorer and I was the stopper.... I still have the 1961 Arsenal v West Ham programme he gave me.

Long time no see but we were good mockers at school.
Updated: 23-11-15

BUCKLEY, MICK, I played with mick for whitehill boys back in the late sixties. Whitehill were man city's junior team at the time. Even then you could see he would make the grade,great lad too. God bless him.
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BLYTH, MEL, Saw him get nicked once away at Colchester !!

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WELBOURNE, DON, Remember Don well from his days at the Old Show Ground and drinking coffee in The Monte Carlo at Brittania Corner with him and team mates Graham Rustling, Colin McDonald and Angus Davidson to name but a few. Also a young Joseph Kevin Keegan, I wonder what happened to him? In my mind Don was a Scunthorpe legend.
Updated: 23-11-15