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!
Hi,im an old Melbourne friend of Ronnie. Would like to hear from him. Dave Rigby,ex South Coast United and various Melb clubs and Adelaide City.
I remember Alan at Coventry City and watched him many times playing for City reserves in the Football combination league, I used to watch all Coventry home matches at the time, and enjoyed the youth team and reserve games just as much as the 1st team matches, it was great to see the players develop, They didn't all make it to the first team of Course.
Just come across Alans autograph in my Charles Buchans Annual of 1964 , I got him to sign the inside cover of the book, still looking for a decent picture of him to go with it!.
I was about 5 years younger than Alan, I was good enough to play for Woodland first team, but I was a bit on the small side , but could run fast. When you watched players like Alan you realised that they was a big difference in class and ability, but an even bigger step up was required to play at the highest level. Just full of admiration for those that gave us so much pleasure.
Reading, Chelsea, QPR (1951-1963) Born in Reading, Anderton became a product of Ted Drake's youth policy at Elm Park and it was the same man who paid ?15,000 to take him to Stamford Bridge, in 1959. Known for his tough tackling, he spent three seasons playing for the Blues, before making the short move across West London to QPR. Managed Andover, then settled in Bideford, Devon, where he wrote poetry and scouted for his home town club Reading.
Crewe Alexandra, AFC Bournemouth Brent Goulet: Former USA international and AFC Bournemouth Cherry who played under Harry Redknapp in 1987-88 season went on to play and coach (getting his UEFA Pro License and DFB professorship) in Germany for nearly 20 years before repatriating to the USA to work with another former USA national team member Desmond Armstrong in the state of Tennessee building a new youth club.
Goulet is now jointly heading up the 1v1 Soccer Federation and promoting the game of 1v1 soccer in the USA.
Can reach him at email@example.com
Leyton Orient, West Ham United, Plymouth Argyle (1960-1967). The scorer of two goals in the 1965 Cup winners Cup Winner died suddenly at his home in Collier Row near Romford in February 1996 after a heart attack.Worked in a bookies for many years then returned to The Hammers as a scout. Cousin of Les Sealey.
Alan was my neighbour and also a great cricketer, helped me lots as a young man at fairbairn house. I wa never good enough for the football team , but played with him occasionally.. Alan always had a joke or funny story. Much missed!,
Just met Mike England chatted about the old days at ysgol Gogarth , comes across as a decent guy.
My first time at Anfield as a kid;I got in at 3/4 time against Burnley when the gate's opened.( I got into the Kop ). My first memory of getting into Anfield was The very vivid colours of the pitch'and kits. And Also : ANDY LOCHHEAD attacking The kop end goal.(my first memory) I have been a regular at Anfield since. But Andy was my first memory..
Hi mick it was great when you signed for Rotherham United in 1979 .. and it was better when you stayed at our house . with my mum and dad and me . I hope you and your family are well
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.