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: 17-07-19 Neil FisslerFormer Villa and Leeds defender hosted a radio talk show and provided stats for the Press Association, during the day he works as a postman and his round includes his own Leeds house after working for a computer firm. Is also involved in the Leeds ex-players association.
Updated: 17-07-19An England youth international, made his Manchester United debut against West Brom in August 1949 as a 17 year old. He enjoyed his best season in 1950-51 when he scored four goals in eight first team games. But faced with stiff competition for places despite averaging a goal in every three games, he was sold to Wolves for a five figure fee. He embarked on a coaching career by becoming juniors coach at Blackburn Rovers in 1967, he went on to manage Galatasaray, twice taking them to much success. He later had spells in Sweden and Egypt before settling in South Africa.
Updated: 17-07-19Was an important part of the 1954-55 Championship winning side and a key player during the whole of his Stamford Bridge career. Lost pace because of a broken leg and a second broken leg ended his career. Went onto become the Chelsea youth team coach, had two spells as Brentford manager and assistant manager, youth and reserve team coach at Manchester United. Now lives in retirement in his native Crewe.
Updated: 17-07-19 George ScottIf you Google “ George Scott Shankly Stories” you will be able to read about My story comprehensively
Updated: 17-07-19 Stephen RussellBrian was my coach at Blackburn Rovers in 1967. A really nice guy.
Updated: 17-07-19 Les SiviterRemember Alun as a youth trialist at Aston Villa early 60's. Great little player then.When we finished training at old Trinity Road training ground,walking back to Villa Park all the young school kids went after Alun for his autograph thinking (because of his crewcut hair) he was Phil Woosnams brother
Updated: 17-07-19 chris morganWhen I was a small boy I sometimes carried Graham's boots from Cardiff Central station. Great memories. Also gave me a few tickets for games but what a gentleman. God bless you Graham.
Updated: 17-07-19 geoff johnsonI've been a good friend of John for 32 years now. I've never seen him play but was fortunate to play 5 a side with him. He was a strong player and me being a defender, he was a nightmare to play against. John now is 79 this year. His health isn't too good at the moment and hes not too good on his feet as his knees have always been a problem to him.
Updated: 17-07-19 Bill MorrowSo sad to hear about the news.
Updated: 17-07-19 agnes kurilajOHN WAS A GREAT MAN LOVED BY SO MANY PEOPLE HE GAVE HIS TIME TO EVERYONE WHO STOPPED TO HAVE A CHAT WITH HIM ALTHOUGH HE HAD A REPUTATION AS BEING A HARD MAN THAT WAS ONLY ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD GENTLE GIANT WITH HIS FAMILY r, i, p john
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.