Where Are They Now? - Footballers

Where Are They Now is designed for you if you are a football fan who is as curious as us to find out what happened to your favourite footballers after they retired from playing.

Where Are They Now? - Footballers

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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!

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CHAPMAN, LES

Updated: 17-04-19 John Swithinbank

Me and my mate used to gatecrash the odd Latics training session when we were about 15 on 'Little Wembley'. I was in goal and Ray Wilson urged Les on to cross it to my mate by shouting 'Chip it Chappie' to the amusement of all around. Also, who remembers that 'shimmie' by corner flag at the Rochdale Road End in around '66 when he was a mere youth?

DEAKIN, ALAN ROY

Updated: 17-04-19 Jim Fitzpatick

Hi I was raised in the same Street as Alan and at the same time. But did't get to know him, we were up our 'own end' as they use to say. However now I'm a volunteer with Balsall Heath History Society and we are putting together a booklet of 'Stars of Balsall heath`. I have the (nice) job of researching Alan, his career and his connections to BH. The person above who went to school with Alan I would like to hear from, also the guy with the trophy - a family member?
I'm Jim on 07900 624570.

ROBERTS, BOBBY

Updated: 17-04-19 davie laing.

Bobby is the only player I am aware of who scored a goal without touching the ball i.e.a superbly convincing dummy that fooled everyone including the keeper.

LAYNE, DAVID

Updated: 17-04-19 Flossy2507

My mum Mavis Steele went to school with David Layne and Gordon Banks in Tinsley

HOUGHTON, BILLY

Updated: 17-04-19 Mark A Duke

After Billy stopped playing he bought a papershop on the high street in Wombwell. I was a paperboy for him for several years and he had lots of great stories from his playing days.

WHARTON, JACKIE

Updated: 17-04-19 Rob Waribg

Great player and amazing Grandfather. Scored on debut like his son Terry. First father and Son to ever score on debut and both play pro football at the same time. Jackie died May 1997 peacefully in the Worcester Royal Hospital.

GLEDSTONE, Peter

Updated: 04-02-19

Peter was a member of the Bournemouth Gaworks team that won the Hampshire Senior Cup in 1953/4. This contributed to him earning County honours and a contract with Bournemouth & Boscombe the following year. He played a key role in their promotion in 1961/2 but suffered a series of knee injuries in the years that followed and eventually had to retire as a result.

Later worked as a painter and decorator, before emigrating to New Zealand in March 1967.

Settling in Auckland, he had two spells as an aircraft technician with Air New Zealand either side of a year back in Bournemouth as a typewriter technician.

He loved travelling, and spent much of his later life visiting locations including the US, Canada and Singapore with Mary.

He later moved to Australia where he worked as a maintenance engineer until retiring in 1999, when he moved to Cabarita Beach, New South Wales.

Died on December 30th 2014, aged 80.

KIDD, RYAN

Updated: 13-02-19 Mick K

Same year as Ryan and played for Radcliffe Town team with him. He played up front and was the fastest kid at my age i have ever seen, knew he would make it as a pro, just surprised it was as a defender. Top guy and it such a shame on hearing of his early retirement.

LESLIE, JOHN

Updated: 13-02-19 Stan price

When the football season finished John worked with me doing fencing, also Gordon Bolland, both when playing for Millwall

WALKER, DENNIS

Updated: 13-02-19 Aj

He was born in Northwich Cheshire.
He was mixed race not black
His mother Mary was white.

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