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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!

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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.

Latest Updates

FORSTER, DEREK, We go back a long way - let's see if you remember just how far!!!
Updated: 26-05-16

CUNNINGHAM, TOMMY, My parents had a caravan near Tommys parents in seasalter,so we were invited to watch qpr play.I remember Tommy being injured and stretchered off,we all went inside to see him and I just remember him telling everyone how much it hurt,then someone stuck a sweet in his mouth and told him to stop being a tart and everyone laughed,including Tommy.
Updated: 25-05-16

JOHN ROBSON, When John Wile was captain of WBA a friend of mine went to do some work in his parents house in Sherburn Village. His parents tried to engage him in conversationabout their famous son whose memerobila was everywhere. My friend pretended he did not know him. John was a late developper who was not good enough to get in his school team in Sherburn Village but he had the persistence and desire to make his mark.
Updated: 25-05-16

SHELLITO, KEN, Have lived here in Sabah for last 13 years and Ken is my best mate. He finally had a knee transplant out here in Kota Kinabalu and I have a couple of photos that maybe of interest including him in hospital holding the whole of his smashed kneecap in a plastic bag! Not something they would do in a UK hospital.
Updated: 25-05-16

ALAN YOUNG, Amongst one of Leicester's better players, a tremendous centre forward, signed from Oldham Althetic by Jock Wallace in 1979.- he moved on as Gary Lineker came into his own.

Post-footballing career, he was an avowed LCFC fan but suddenly left his job as a Radio Leicester- 'matchday summariser' under a 'mysterious cloud,' a couple of years, ago.
Updated: 25-05-16

MCDOWELL, JOHN, Hello it's Beryl I hope you remember me from the Moby Dick or Ye Ole Kings Head Chigwell. Hope your well love to catch up with you again.
Updated: 25-05-16

EVANS, DENNIS, Dennis was my Father's personal chauffeur from approximately 1978 until my Father died in 1981.
He was such a lovely man.

Updated: 25-05-16

QUIXALL, ALBERT, I was at the game when the ball went through the side of the net. It was against Manchester United and the ref gave the goal at first but Harry Gregg the goalkeeper complained and the decision was reversed.

Updated: 25-05-16

GREGORY, TONY, Now plays bowls for Bridgnorth Bowling Club in the Mid Shropshire league
Updated: 23-05-16

WERGE, EDDIE, played squash with Eddie in the 80s,at bromley town, He taught my kids to drive and pass test first time. a true gent and real nice guy.
Updated: 23-05-16