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: 10-09-18 TONY FULWOODI remember having a beer with Terry Hennesey, Forest and Wales captain about Peter's skills and comparing him with Gordon Banks. I agreed with Terry when he said that Gordon dominated the penalty area whereas Peter was the best goal line keeper going. He made some tremendous stops, his reactions were lightening.
Updated: 08-09-18 Kenny milwardMet wyn back in the 80s when I was presenting a sportsmanship night in Manchester, he asked me as a man city fan, do I think city buying Rodney marsh lost us the title that year, I think it was a big let down for him, as it was the closest he had been to winning the league.
Updated: 10-09-18 George ChellewRemember you going to the same school as my sister Joan, and came recently when I brought your name up with a regular visitor to our table tennis club, Paul Carlin, who says you are his uncle.
Updated: 06-09-18Guadeloupe defender Pascal Chimbonda is one of the more recognisable names in English football.
Updated: 08-09-18 David Woodliffe MooreAfter finishing playing football Norman joined Bedford & Gifford a packaging and paper company in Grimsby and later became a director of the company. In 1963 he started a packaging company named Humberside Wrappings Ltd. with his son David, David had been an apprentice at Hull City for two years but didn’t make a grade. In 1975 Norman & his wife Joyce bought a small holding of 70 acres and started breeding horses, they had some success with point to point races in Lincolnshire where they bred the horses. Norman died in 2007 and Joyce died 5 years later. David is still running Humberside Wrappings.
Updated: 06-09-18 Wendy BallantyneSteve and I used to do a lot of sports together for our school Ryiesh Green and won a lot of cups.
Updated: 06-09-18 Pete KelbrickI first watched John Hurst play in 1970 when my dad took me to my first Everton game. He wasn't flamboyant and I don't remember ever seeing him get booked, but he was solid, efficuent and reliable and seemed to be the perfect professional: a gentleman!
Updated: 10-09-18 Pete CaunterHard-core Royals fan from 1963-1998. Privileged to meet Gilksey when he visited with a view to buying my house in 2003, but we decided the back garden wasn't quite long enough for him to get up to full pace! Always potential excitement when he was playing due to his exceptional pace, so thanks for the memories Gilksey. My second all-time favourite royal (after Robin Friday!)
Updated: 10-09-18 Paul ReesI worked at the Coventry Economic Building Society in 1970. I got Willie his mortgage!! Great fella. He got me 2 tickets for the infamous Donkey Kick Everton game!!! (I'm an Everton fan)!!
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.
If you know of any other stories that may interest fellow fans, please do let us know.