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!
Would you like to compile a book for your favourite team?
There is no cost involved, jut quite a lot of hard but enjoyable work! If you are prepared to undertake the research (with our help and guidance), we will do the rest and split the profits equally with you. If this appeals, please do get in touch with Andy Pringle by e-mail at: email@example.com
Updated: 14-07-20 Jade WilkinsonHello my name is jade and I work in a care home which Sydney is at presently. I would love to get some more information about his football background. If anyone has any information or pictures please can you email myself on firstname.lastname@example.org. Would be lovely to do some reminiscing with sydney and his football days.
Updated: 14-07-20 Sean GavinThe Old Sidings, Dronfield
Updated: 14-07-20 Darren jarvisGil used to be a regular with his wife at an Italian restaurant I worked at in solihull, really really nice guy and was sadly missed when he passed away.
Updated: 14-07-20 Neil and Alf waltonMy father and I worked with John at mcw he was a great man full of stories always happy to chat his hard working attitude was the same at mcw as it was on the pitch always be remember my father and I often speak often speak of John with Fond memories
Updated: 14-07-20 Stephen ElliottI have been watching owls since 1963 as a 10 year old Made friends with Vic, at away games. Over 5 or 6 years he took me round the changing rooms to his house and he came to my house. Took me to see Peter Eustace in hospital with a football injury I sat with his Mom and Dad at some away games He introduced me to Bill Shankley at Hillsborough before a match against Liverpool in the sixties a great player and a great person to know.
Updated: 14-07-20 Graham TaylorWhen he played for Luton Town, I used to play Squash with Alan... He was a more than competent player. Our names were engraved together on a big silver cup which we won as team players. Alan was just great to know!
Updated: 14-07-20 Vincent BarkerAbout 1993/94 i was watching my team Spurs youth away to Cambridge United youth with my son before heading off to White Hart Lane for the 1st team game,watching near to me was Pat Holland who at the time was scouting for Spurs,he asked me directions for Norwich as he was scouting a player there and said give me your name and address and i will get something sent to you,about a,week later i received a signed pennant by the first team,much appreciated Pat,not many would have taken the trouble to do that...TOP MAN .
Updated: 14-07-20 George BorthwickSt George's Primary School about 1951 I fancied myself as the fastest runner in school. Sports day 🤔 got left standing by a kid who was a year younger - Gerry Queen. I recollect when he joined St Mirren he bought a little MG sports car. Penile lad made good.
Updated: 14-07-20 Stuart HarrisonIn 1975 Steve was a geography/pe teacher at Christ College in Finchley. He also played for non league Wycombe Wanderers in the Isthmian League at the same time during a golden period when they were regularly champions. In January 1975 they reached the FA Cup third round for the first time in their history, played Middlesbrough of the FIrst Division then managed by Jack Charlton, I was a keen schoolboy football fan, following non league rivals, Hendon, now sadly languishing in level 7 of the pyramid. Steve kindly arranged for me to receive 2 tickets (and would not accept any payment) for the match at the Loakes Park ground, near the hospital. The match finished goalless and Wycombe narrowly lost the replay 1-0. It was a lovely gesture from a genuine fellow.
Updated: 13-07-20 Francis MwaiselaI played for Icknield High when we beat you. Also Under 14 Luton schoolboys when you and Ken Reid were easily the best players in our team. Got dropped after one game lost interest change to rugby. Went back to Tanzania now in USA as a neurologist.
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.