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!
Where Are They Now Books
This whole project began with a book entitled 'Where Are They Now? - Life After Soccer'.
This proved to be incredibly popular and led to the formation of this site as well as a number of club specific titles. So far, the series comprises of Manchester United, Chelsea, Portsmouth, Huddersfield Town, Aston Villa and Liverpool. Forthcoming titles include Arsenal, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion - watch this space!
Updated: 12-06-21 Jon BellI was in basic training with Justin in Winchester. We shared a dorm and went into town together when allowed.
Updated: 12-06-21 John TindallI played for the campers’ team against the camp staff at Prestatyn Holiday Camp in 1959 (I think). We lost 7-0. I played centre forward. The opposing centre half played me off the pitch. I hardly touched the ball. The next day I found him in a wooden hut handing out putting irons and golf balls on the putting course. I asked him who he played for and he replied “Blackburn Rovers”. I saw him a year or two later as he got out of the Tottenham coach at Old Trafford.
Updated: 11-06-21 Les WainwrightI remember Peter Grummitt playing for Sheffield Wednesday from 1969 to 1973. He was a fine keeper one of the best we ever had. Unfortunately, Wednesday were terrible in those years. Grummitt saved us from many hammerings.
Updated: 10-06-21 Paul LeeHe took us for football when I was at school (1968) he was always very determined to get the best out of us. Also very very smartly dressed and had a great car, a bit flash! Mind you he did have the money, charisma and talent. Also my girlfriend at the time used to go into a deep swoon every time she laid eyes on him. In short, one of the greats of the beautiful game. x
Updated: 10-06-21 Eleri RobertsMy Dad is having his 70th Birthday this Month and being born & bred in Caernarfon Wyn Davies is his hero…I treated Dad to go around the football ground a few years ago and we bumped into Wyn in one of the cafe’s in Bolton…..my Dad was absolutely star struck and he was such a gentleman with us! Is there any way I could contact Wyn? Thanks in advance
Updated: 10-06-21 John CaleyWe went to the same junior school. At Michael’s C of E in Huyton and played for the school together. Steven Gerrard went to the same school many years later.
Updated: 10-06-21 George WiliisI remember playing at Washington Grammer for Birtley South. Colin had a blinder we got hammered. pleased he started his football at Sunderland
Updated: 10-06-21 Tim BartonMy good friend sadly missed spent many happy times with Allan and Jane during his Yeovil days. Good holidays in Portugal. RIP big man
Updated: 10-06-21 Dale hydeI went to the school in Bushey and Mr Dyson was our PW teacher. Never forget him, absolute legend. Hope he is well.
Updated: 10-06-21 Ryan CrosbyJerry has been a family friend of mine for years. Such a lovely guy. I still see him now and again and he’s doing okay, still doing some things for football. he used to be a coach for a little club called Breaks Manor. That’s where I met him and found out who he was but my grandparents have been friends with him for years now.
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: Arsenal Greats, Ruud Gullit, Roy Bentley, Trevor Francis, Gavin Peacock, Carlos Valderrama, Graham Potter, Matt Holland, Liverpool's 2005-06 FA Cup Winning Team, 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.