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: 07-07-18 Sam FultonMy late Dad always told me that John McNichol was the best footballer ever to come out of Kilmarnock. Ron Greenwood said he could pass the ball to any area of the park.
Updated: 07-07-18 Paul StanfordI played at Aldershot for a short while after leaving Reading FC. Joe was a no nonsense old pro and a really straight bloke. Didn't mince his words but only spoke from the truth. I really liked him and learnt from his straightforward attitude.
Updated: 07-07-18 Joy DuncanNo-one who was there, will ever forget what you did for the club. We wouldn't be where we are now if it wasn't for you. Every football club has stages of good spells and bad. One day it will be your day. Enjoy it when it comes because you never know how long it will last. Brighton til i die!
Updated: 07-07-18 gary ditchfieldUsed to travel from Stockport to West Brom matches with mates when Steve was playing for Albion. We used to go in the West Bromwich Moathouse after the game where we met Steve and other players.
Updated: 10-07-18 Jonathan EdmundsPat was PE master at Forest School in my time there in the 1960s. He lived in a house that backed on to the gym. He taught us all sorts of aspects of PE but never football - that was in the hands of the ex-Blues on the teaching staff. When my mother told me about his success with the England under-18s, I managed to persuade him to teach us some soccer skills in our last year. It was incredibly instructive. He had a pitch with squares marked on it and his whole emphasis was on swift control, few touches and moving to where you wanted the ball played to. He was a terrific coach - Jonathan Edmunds (Forest School 1960-7).
Updated: 14-07-18 Warren HooperGrummitt's home league debut for Forest got off to a really bad start .... straight from the kick off Jim Iley, presumably trying to give the young keeper an early touch of the ball, sent a crisp back pass to the young keeper - but well wide of him and straight into the back of the net ... so Peter's first touch of the ball was to fish it out of the back of the net! At least things got much better over the next 10 years as Grummitt went on to become a much loved and highly successful Forest keeper
Updated: 14-07-18 John CowdellUsed to play football with Stewart for Ruislip North End when we were about 13/14. He was known as Jock then. Hope you are well.
Updated: 14-07-18 Kev (Old Jake)Just to say I left the wrong number for you Dave.Sorry. It should be 07856281861, I accidentally typed two 1's together instead of only one. Would love to hear from you mate so give me a bell sometime and we'll chat! Kev.
Updated: 14-07-18 Francis WhittleI meet up with Wyn in Bolton market every Saturday Morning between 9 to 10 am. Fantastic man and treasured by all the football community of Bolton. A real gentleman.
Updated: 14-07-18 Elaine SharpeHe brought our old family home in Flitwick Bedfordshire. About 1970 or just after. My dad and our family have always been Luton Town supporters. Poor Dad recently passed away but we sent him to heaven in his Luton top.
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.