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: 31-03-20 TexWhen I was younger I remember Alex Elder dressed in suit and tie walking to the Andrews shop on Sycamore Avenue and thinking at the time 'he plays for Burnley fc'.
Updated: 31-03-20 Christopher & Linda ArthurCharlie was not only my Deputy Head at Cove School for a long time but he was always encouraging and supportive in everything I did. He was also a good friend to myself and Linda. We missed him when moving to Lincolnshire. But managed to have lunch with him and a couple of other friends before he became ill. He was the Quintessential gentleman and has never and will never be forgotten. Such an inspirational man.
Updated: 31-03-20Remember a save that he made for Forest against Swindon in the cup where he appeared to dive full length and catch a ball that had already gone past him destined for the net. A brilliant goalkeeper who was around at the same time as Banks and so never received full recognition of his skills
Updated: 31-03-20 The Farty BadgerHe liked Indian food so much he was nick named "Two Lamb Bhuna's" a name which he adored.
Updated: 31-03-20 Beryl Makin - Greenfield DriveI remember my childhood days in the 50-60’s with Dougie playing knock and run and he always had a football outside, vaguely remember him going Brooklands dancing school on Tarbec Road.
Updated: 31-03-20 Neil RiddochDave was a very good teller of jokes and clearly a talented footballer. he grew up on the railway cottages in Cricklewood where we all lived and played football on a concrete field. He once took a penalty against me just after he had signed for Crystal Palace, he hit the ball venomously straight at me and I was stupid enough to try and stop the ball with the palms of my hands. I was suddenly double jointed in the wrists.
Updated: 26-03-20 Adi SkeitesI remember Dave's face when i netted 2 goals to save us going down v arsenal youth at fratton park😊🤣
Updated: 26-03-20 Peter AshcroftPlayed Golf with Jim until a few years back in Brentwood California until he moved back down to Fresno where he used to coach.
Updated: 20-03-20 Alec humphriesI worked alongside John in the leisure industry right up until his retirement day. it was a pleasure and his name will be known for years to come.
Updated: 16-03-20 Alan MoorleyMy dad knew Jimmy during their National Service dsys in the RAF.
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.