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: 15-08-18 Chris NorrisI went to the same senior school as Gary. He was a nice bloke, always ready with a smile whenever you saw him. I haven't seen him since I left school, but I'm glad he enjoyed such a successful career in football.
Updated: 15-08-18 Adrian PickrellMy dad, Tony Pickrell, always spoke fondly of Alan Durban. They played together in their young days at Cardiff City (1960-62). I can only endorse the comments below. A real Gentleman.
Updated: 15-08-18 Christian AddicottHanded me the FA Cup for photos in the old Gunners shop on Anenell Rd when we won in 79. He always had time for a chat.
Updated: 15-08-18 Jacqualine Connell/CottamUsed to push him out in his pram. His mum and my dad are cousins.
Updated: 15-08-18 Ciaran DuffyI remember watching Gerry play for Stella before he went to Bohs. He was a standout player at 13.
Updated: 15-08-18 Teresa fitzgeraldLol I was a chambermaid in the holiday in in Liverpool in 1980. All the Everton players would stay some lived there. I use to clean Gary’s room. He was quite tidy and always smelt lovely of aftershave . Always polite, nice nature xx
Updated: 15-08-18 WorthoGood honest pro...excellent all round midfield player who gave his all for my team Sheffield United. Held in high esteem at Bramall Lane.
Updated: 15-08-18 EdOne of Brentford’s best players alongside the likes of Ken Coote, Jim McNicol and many more greats of the 60’s and 70’s....
Updated: 15-08-18 GrahamUsed to have the odd beer with John in the Wheatsheaf. Top bloke - always has time for a supporter.
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.
If you know of any other stories that may interest fellow fans, please do let us know.