Where Are They Now? - Footballers

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.

Where Are They Now? - Footballers

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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!

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WEST, ALAN

Updated: 25-02-18 ian potter

Met Alan on a number of occasions, playing non league/park football. He was always a lovely guy, but refused to play on Sundays!

NEWELL, MIKE

Updated: 25-02-18 ian potter

Mike was a good player and a good manager, who found that honesty was his downfall and consequently his integrity meant no one was willing to hire him (shame on the football community)

CATTLIN, CHRIS

Updated: 25-02-18 Keith Clifford

Chris continues to be a frequent attendee at the annual Coventry City 'Legends Day', and is fondly remembered by the club's supporters for his loyalty and enthusiasm - both as a player and now as an ex-player.

MORTIMORE, CHARLIE

Updated: 25-02-18 Robert Greenaway

In the latter stages of his Woking career, Charlie was usually playing in a struggling side. As a supporter it was difficult to stomach & it must have been even worse for Charlie. However,he soldiered on and never showed any frustration. He was a classy player, opposition supporters seemed to revere him.

I well recall one beating when Woking were being taken apart by Eddie Reynolds at Wimbledon. One of their supporters told me he would swap Eddie for Charlie any day!

DEAR, BRIAN

Updated: 25-02-18 Stephen Jones

Hi Brian.

My uncle David Jones tells a story from the '60's about the time Bobby Moore asked if he could get him a ticket for the Man Utd v Benfica European cup final at Wembley May '68. It goes like this...

Uncle Dave had been nominated to get tickets from the WHU ticket office for every England game and other prestigeous games in Wembley Stadium. The word got around and, one day, as he was standing outside the Boleyn ground chatting to Brian Dear and a couple of friends, up walks Sir Bobby Moore asked Dave if he could get him a ticket for the upcoming Benfica final. Feeling a bit awkward, Dave said "sorry Bobby but it'd be more than my life's worth to give away one of my mates tickets, they'd skin me alive!"

Of course Bobby wasn't without a seat for the game, it was just a bit of leg pulling in those days, but the story soon became a legend.

Brian Dear and some of the other West Ham players used to use a barbers called 'Colins' in East Ham. One day Dave was in there waiting to get his haircut and who walks in? None other than Brian Dear who begins to bow in front of Uncle Dave and declares.."bow to this man, he is the only man I know to say no to royalty". He was of course referring to the now legendary Bobby Moore ticket refusal!!

Dave Jones is 86 now and has sadly just been diagnosed with dementia (although still as sharp as a razor!). I would gladly sponsor a meeting to get Dave and Brian together to swap the story over a pint somewhere in the Southend area.

So if you read this Brian and you can spare an hour or two then you would be making one of the east ends biggest characters a very happy man!
Steve.

ROBERTSON, ALLY

Updated: 19-02-18 shirley boyle

Ally used to come in our pub where I was working as a waitress I used to tell him jokes. Think he was about 20 at the time and he then lived on Brookhouse and I lived not far from him. I often wondered what he was doing now he was ok can't believe he's 65 as I'm 82 was about 30 years ago, would love to get in touch with him.

STANDEN, JIM

Updated: 19-02-18 Neil Roberts

I remember his sports shop opening on the Old Dean. Packed shopping centre with Daleks running around!!! That was the 60s.

GLOVER, LEN

Updated: 19-02-18 Wayne Coleman

I used to see him most mornings walking his dog & collecting his daily paper a few years ago - I can honestly say he is an all-round nice guy and pleasant to know! Nice One!

MCCANN, ALBERT

Updated: 19-02-18 S Lyons

My Pompey hero.

JULIANS, LEN

Updated: 19-02-18 Debbie Julians

Gosh, just came across this. Len Julians is my Dad. Sadly he died in 1993. Such a special man. Wonderful memories, he adored his fans and course loved the game.

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