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: 27-09-20 Andrew BramhallI watched Mick Morris play for Port Vale as a boy, then for Stafford Rangers. He was a whole-hearted, committed player, who took up marathon running in later life. A long time resident of Clayton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, he could often be seen out and about in the area, unfailingly polite to everybody. A sad loss.R.I.P.Mick, and thanks for the memories.
Updated: 27-09-20 Gerry GrennanI was in the same primary school as Vince ..at St Anthony’s catholic school FOREST GATE east London ...where I thought he was from ?...he was two years above me and even in those days we all called him PELE..it was odd that he didn’t go on to st bonavenures with the rest of us , but there is a funny story about that which he could verify.
Updated: 26-09-20 Fran VillaI was wondering what former Boro player Gary Hamilton was doing now, he was a good footballer.
Updated: 25-09-20 BrianAlways remember Hughie signing for my team Wolves and being excited as he had scored so many goals for Norwich. I was never disappointed and even now I look on him as one the finest players we ever had despite the glut of strikers we had at that time. His heading ability and style was terrific and he scored some great and important goals. Will remember always.
Updated: 25-09-20 Ian ReederI often wondered what became of the school boy wonder footballer, Alan Comfort. I first played against him when we both performed above our years for our respective junior schools. We met twice in school cup finals, only I was on the loosing side on each of those occasions Later we played in the same district team although Alan was in the A team whilst I in the B. During secondary school we frequently met on the football pitch but on opposing sides. Our teams were much more evenly matched on these occasions but thankfully I didn't find myself marking Alan. Interesting to see Alan's career progression although I never would have expected him to have become a reverend. Good luck Alan.
Updated: 25-09-20 Dave RobertsLit up Goodison in the dark days, wonderful talent and a real nice guy, worth the entrance fee just to watch you Dunc.
Updated: 25-09-20 Howard RobertsI met Derek when I had a launderette in Chester. Derek was a customer at that time. A close friend of my family was seriously ill & he was a Big Everton fan. Derek very kindly got a Signed football of all the Everton team. Top Bloke is Derek.
Updated: 25-09-20 Kevin MidwoodI used to live in the same village as Terry Poole, even delivered his newspaper. Many years ago
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: Roy Bentley, Trevor Francis, Gavin Peacock, Carlos Valderrama, Graham Potter 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.