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!
Where Are They Now Books
This whole project began with a book entitled 'Where Are They Now? - Life After Soccer'.
This proved to be incredibly popular and led to the formation of this site as well as a number of club specific titles. So far, the series comprises of Manchester United, Chelsea, Portsmouth, Huddersfield Town, Aston Villa and Liverpool. Forthcoming titles include Arsenal, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion - watch this space!
Updated: 02-08-21 Wendi BealI new Joe Nibloe when I was a child from what I can remember. He was cheerful jolly person and much liked. I also new his son Alister when they lived at Stockarth Lane Oughtbridge he was rather a good looking lad easy to talk to; we were devastated when he died in the car accident.
Updated: 01-08-21 John LewisI met Jim some years ago when he was the temporary landlord of the Black Horse in Naunton, Gloucestershire. He shared happy memories of the 1976 FA Cup Final (as an Evertonian I was supporting the underdogs). Steve Winwood was in the bar that night - 2 stars in the same pub on the same night! I very much enjoyed my chat with Jim - a great guy!
Updated: 01-08-21 Pat RyanI have been a Leeds United fan since I was a little boy and am now 70, Terry Cooper was one of the Leeds United greats and has joined some of his great teammates in heaven. RIP Terry. Another legend gone to his heavenly home.
Updated: 01-08-21 Neil missenI played with Keith in Blackheath District side, a long with Paul Elliot, Ian wright, Danny Wallace.
Updated: 01-08-21 Ian RossDoes Colin Irwin know that he is eligible for a backdated Football League Division One Championship winners medal for the 1979-80 season?
Updated: 01-08-21 Alan HodgsonHi John, If you read this do you remember the Beaulieu Jazz Festivals driving in your old Ford 8? I took control when we were stopped !!! They were great times, i hope life has been good to you your old mucker Alan.
Updated: 31-07-21 James JonesTeddy as I know him used to race greyhounds together in our teens. He was a great player. I still see him.
Updated: 30-07-21 OllyNice words from Toma Martin for big Tommy. I would like to he from you Toma. You too were overlooked for stardom. I have left my Gmail mail. Get in touch if you can.
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.
As well as our regular club based pages, we also occasionally add more detailed player pages and would welcome your feedback. See: Did Tresor Kandol Score the Most Important Goal in Leeds United’s History?, Arsenal Greats, Ruud Gullit, Roy Bentley, Trevor Francis, Gavin Peacock, Carlos Valderrama, Graham Potter, Matt Holland, Liverpool's 2005-06 FA Cup Winning Team, and a look back at some of the best strikers to grace English football.
If you know of any other stories that may interest fellow fans, please do let us know.