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: 22-04-18 Andy PringleRoy Bentley dead: Chelsea legend who led club to first ever trophy dies, aged 93
Updated: 21-04-18 Andy PringleBob still plays regularly for the Liverpool Masters team and is a member of the PFA's legends team which has helped out a charity called Children Today. They run an outdoor multi-activity weekend - “We’re proud to support Children Today through events like this and help raise funds for children and young people with disabilities,” Bob said. You can find out more about Children Today at https://www.childrentoday.org.uk/
Updated: 21-04-18 Andy PringleFormer Derry winger McGlynn made his debut as a 17 year old and went on to make over 350 appearances for the club in three stints. Played in Australia and the United States before returning home to Ireland in 2016 when he set up a new business with his wife Ciara, who used to play for Derry ladies team. Niche SSP (Specialist Staffing Partners) helps US building firms find quantity surveyors. In 2018 this resulted in being nominated the title of Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur and best start-up business in the Irish National Enterprise Awards. You can find out more about their company at nichessp.com
Updated: 21-04-18 Andy PringleJoined a bunch of other celebrities in 2018 to raise money for cancer charities by 'revealing all' in a stage version of the Full Monty. There was also a female version starring Coleen Nolan, Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton, actress Helen Lederer, TV actress Ruth Madoc and presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford. The shows stirred up some controversy when it became known that he stars were paid up to £10,000 each to appear.
Updated: 21-04-18 Paul KavanaghUsed to play with Paul for a local grassroots team - Stockport junior blues - back in the 80’s there was much more of a connection with Man City and players would occasionally come and watch our games 👍. Quite a few players went on to play sport in one way or the other incl snooker (Nicky Dyson) who went on to play at a high level ! Great memories and nice to say I used to play in the same team as Paul !!
Updated: 20-04-18 Andy PringleEngland 'C' International and former Lincoln City player of the year, Wood was banned from all football activities for six years in April 2018. A Football Association tribunal found him guilty of two match-fixing offences after telling friends he would try to get booked in the victories over Ipswich and Burnley. He had denied both charges, in which seven people had placed bets and could have won up to £10,000, but did admit 23 others.
Updated: 20-04-18 David ColeI knew him well when he played for Lincoln City. He was a neighbour at north Hykeham. Would love to know how he is getting on.
Updated: 20-04-18 Gary LeesonI think Jimmy's first games for Blues was against PNE which I went to at DEEPDALE. We lost 4-1 but still great. Best uncapped England player by far.
Updated: 17-04-18 Andy PringleIn April 2018, 19 year old Yusupha Sarr, who had previously been on the books at Chesterfield FC, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting a sawn-off shotgun. The incident took place in Smethwick, Birmingham in August 2017 when a man ran at him brandishing a pistol and a shootout ensued. Police believe that it was related to organised crime in the area and that Sarr had links with a gang known as the ‘23 Drillas’.
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.