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!
Updated: 25-02-18 ian potterMet Alan on a number of occasions, playing non league/park football. He was always a lovely guy, but refused to play on Sundays!
Updated: 25-02-18 ian potterMike 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)
Updated: 25-02-18 Keith CliffordChris 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.
Updated: 25-02-18 Robert GreenawayIn 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.
Updated: 25-02-18 Stephen JonesHi Brian.
Updated: 19-02-18 shirley boyleAlly 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.
Updated: 19-02-18 Neil RobertsI remember his sports shop opening on the Old Dean. Packed shopping centre with Daleks running around!!! That was the 60s.
Updated: 19-02-18 Wayne ColemanI 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!
Updated: 19-02-18 Debbie JuliansGosh, 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.
When we researched the first printed edition of 'Where Are They Now?' in the 1990's, footballers were already incredibly 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 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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