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: 20-01-19 Leonard BINKSI met Maurice when he worked for the Benacre Estates Co. at Wrentham, where he then lived next to the fish & chip shop. I remarked to him that I thought that Bill Brown was a better goal keeper than Pat Jennings. He appreciated my comment as a supporter but said that as a defender he was often saying "Where are you Bill" .
Updated: 20-01-19 Mark GoddenPlayed with Gary as a youth when we played in the same successful Villacourt Rovers under 12/13’s side. He was an outstanding midfielder who I always thought would make it as a professional footballer. We were an excellent youth team with several notoriable others in our team that went on to make successful professional careers including Dave Memhet (football - played for Millwall and Gillingham) and Simon Hinks (Cricket - went on to play first class cricket for Kent). Not sure if Gary remembers any of those times but we had joint Managers George Cobby and Don Smith and under their guidance achieved much success including league and cup double winning season and played one of our Cup Finals vs Swanley at the Valley - Charlton Atheltics ground. Memorable times!!
Updated: 20-01-19 Ivan mccarthySome great memories playing football with Gerry in Cabra back in the 70s. Unfortunately I turned out to be a City fan I never got to Old Trafford
Updated: 20-01-19 Ian WalkerI went to Queens Park Senior Secondary School the same time as David and seemingly I looked like him even some of the teachers thought the same. David was a prefect at the time and as I was 4years younger and the prefects had a place inside the turret and David used to let me dodge some classes.
Updated: 20-01-19 Victoria BristowHello. I have heard your name mentioned so many times when i was growing up I think we are related , please can we speak? Victoria Bristow
Updated: 20-01-19 Allan FRemember runing in a local 10k in Llanishen, Cardiff in 1990 when he was working for Cardiff City Council Parks Department. Chatted with him on the way around. Really nice guy.
Updated: 20-01-19 Bill HammondWas mates with Henry late 1950s early 1960s when Henry was just starting on Forest's ground staff. He told me when we were on a short night out that Gil Merick had gone to his house on Firbeck estate to try to sign him for Birmingham city and he also asked his brother Ron. Both turned him down. Would love to see him again, but I don't know how to get in touch.
Updated: 03-01-19 Anthony otwayI saw all Jim Conway's home games for Norwich city FC. He signed from Celtic and was Norwich City's first £100 a week player. Strong and well built, he took a while to get off the mark but a pleasure to watch.
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 view of Watford's prospects (kindly provided by 777score.co.uk).
If you know of any other stories that may interest fellow fans, please do let us know.