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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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ADRIAN WOODMORE, In 1979-1980 my Primary School Teacher in Hadleigh Suffolk was Alison Mariner (his wife then) and he lived in Layham, with a Porsche 944 and a pedigree rabbit called Super Blue. He came every Wednesday and took us for Coca Cola Football badges but never liked to discuss his job. A very quiet and nice man and we had to behave in School in order to have Football Training with him Wednesday..
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BEECH, CYRIL, Cyril was my uncle/grandfather whom adopted my father when he was just ten days old a fantastic footballer and scout I would love for his memory to go on and for him to never be forgotten
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BEECH, CYRIL, Was a great guy, he coached and trained Merthyr Ladies football club where I played in 1994-1995. Was a very good coach and still very fit for his age. Great man and missed by many.
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MUSGROVE, MALCOLM, Remember Malcolm Musgrove taking me to Villa Park to see the Villa trained and allowed me to walk around the pitch and to fold the player's towels...great day for a football crazy 8 year old...lovely man
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MCNAB, NEIL, I remember Neil as youth team manager at Portsmouth.
Spent many hours talking to him about football and often wondered what became of a coach who was among the best at youth team level.
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LEIGH FOTOPOULOS, Best Dad ever. I would also just like to add that my father never wrote that book. My Uncle Stepen wrote it. Love him as well.
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DAVIES, WYN, "Come on without,come on within,you'll not see nothing like the mighty Wyn"!

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PICKERING, FRED, I was lucky enough to see Fred on his debut for Everton. My God, what an amazing experience. The atmosphere was electric, never sang so much in my life. Thank you Fred for the memories.
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DUNNE, PAT, Used to watch Mr Dunne when he played for Argyle such a true professional, sadly missed.
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SADLER, DAVID, Would love to meet up David. I'm your cousin Pauline wWite nee Farrell from Manchester.
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