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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! Many ex-footballers also fancy themselves as pundits, predicting champions and winners in the various football betting markets available online.

 

NEW - As well as being able to add missing players, you can now add your own comments and memories to each player's page.

 

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Which former Premiership goalscorer switched from being a star player on the pitch to being a star player on the green felt of the poker table?

 

 

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ELI, Roger Leeds United,Crewe Alexandra,York City,Bury,Burnley & Scunthorpe United. A striker he played in the Football League between 1983-1995. He is best remembered at Burnley where he played between 1989-94 making 99 appearances for them in the Football League scoring 20 goals. He was part of their 1991/92 4th Division Championship winning side. After that he was beset by injuries and retired from football in 1995. He is now Company Director of Ventura Office Supplies in Bingley. He lives in Bradford.

Updated: 21-05-15 Colin Williamson

CASPER, Frank Rotherham United & Burnley A striker he played in the Football League between 1962-76. He is best remembered for his time at Burnley where he played between 1967-76. He scored 74 goals in 237 Football League appearances for them and 100 league goals in total. As a skilful striker he was targeted by hard tackling defenders and in 1974 suffered an injury which effectively finished his playing career. He stayed at Burnley as Youth Team Coach and then as Assistant Manager in 1979. In 1983 he became Caretaker Manager of Burnley. He then became Assistant Manager at Bury returning to Burnley as Manager between 1989-91. He then went into the sportswear business and for a time supplied Burnley with their kits. Now retired he still attends events at the club. He lives in Burnley.

Updated: 21-05-15 Colin Williamson

HICKTON, JOHN, Went to junior school with John,he was a terrific runner,but on sports day in the hundred yards he fell and I beat him to win the race.i expected to represent the school in the north Derbyshire games but the sports master ,Mr bigford picked john over me,never mind he was terrific al all sports you have had a great career john,it was good to know you 60 years ago

Updated: 21-05-15

KNIGHTON, KEN, When i was a boy of 5 years old me and my brother went to kens house at Thornwick Avenue in kirkella.
i wanted his autograph and so knocked on his door,
his wife answered and invited me in. His wife shouted KEN there's someone to here to see you. I sat at his breakfast bar with an orange juice and biscuit
that his wife gave me. after a little while ken came through with a white towel around his waste, hair wet and obviously had just got out of the shower,
Both ken and his wife were really great, made me real welcome, ken gave me his autograph and i left feeling ten foot tall, this memory has remained and still really appreciate their kindness. Ken remained my favorite player then and still today some 45 years later. Great Guy and lovely Wife.

Updated: 21-05-15

HIGGINS, RONALD VALENTINE , Ron is my Grandad & at aged 92 still tells tales of his footballing days. He was a Docker as well as a footballer & was a Life Guard at a pool in the Barbican in London when he retired. Although his short-term memory is fading & he is hard of hearing now, he can recall many of his past times.
He was also a mid-upper gunner in a Lancaster Bomber during WW2 & completed 32 missions for Squadron 622, the last on D-Day. A book has been written about his Squadron entitled 'We Wage War at night' in which he has a mention and he attended the book launch & signing ceremony at Duxford Airfield in 2013 with memebers of his family.
I and all my family are very proud of him not least because he is a loving, proud and kind person and we have all spent many happy times with him.
Just thought I would write a short update for you.

Updated: 19-05-15

WRIGHT, TOMMY, I have many good memories of Tommy from when we were at school together. I would dearly love to meet up with him again to discuss old times. If you could pass on my Email address I would appreciate it very much as we are not getting any younger.

Updated: 17-05-15

QUIXALL, ALBERT, Albert is my Great Uncle and I am very proud to be able to say that. Sadly he does have dementia, he will always be a great man to me.

Updated: 17-05-15

YARD, ERNIE, I was going through a 'mental' list of guys that I'd worked with and admired; what a shock to read of Ernie's passing.
I worked with Ernie at Puma Jersey in Athlone Capetown where he was a salesman. We manufactured weft knitted fabric. In the mid 1990's he changed jobs and moved to Rotex, another company that produced a similar range of fabrics.
Ernie remained a great soccer supporter and player; he played in many amateur games and even played in our company team. He was getting older but he never lost that skill with the ball and a strong determination to win!!
Like many Scots, Ernie enjoyed his occasional drink and we spent many a good hour together.
I don't have any personal photographs of Ernie but I may have a few shots of the soccer team.
He was an all round great guy, I've only got good memories of Ernie-It's terrible how we fail to stay in contact with such guys.
John D Moloney

Updated: 17-05-15

WOODS, CLIVE, I remember we used to play football during our dinner breaks when we worked at Bally shoe factory we could see then what great player he was and we used to call him clinker great days and a good guy . Eddie

Updated: 17-05-15

CLARK, CLIVE, best winger we ever had at qpr.

Updated: 17-05-15

 

 

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