Where Are They Now? - Footballers

Where Are They Now is designed for you if you are a football fan who is as curious as us to find out what happened to your favourite footballers after they retired from playing.

Where Are They Now? - Footballers

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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!

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GRUMMITT, PETER

Updated: 10-09-18 TONY FULWOOD

I remember having a beer with Terry Hennesey, Forest and Wales captain about Peter's skills and comparing him with Gordon Banks. I agreed with Terry when he said that Gordon dominated the penalty area whereas Peter was the best goal line keeper going. He made some tremendous stops, his reactions were lightening.

DAVIES, WYN

Updated: 08-09-18 Kenny milward

Met wyn back in the 80s when I was presenting a sportsmanship night in Manchester, he asked me as a man city fan, do I think city buying Rodney marsh lost us the title that year, I think it was a big let down for him, as it was the closest he had been to winning the league.

CARLIN, WILLIE

Updated: 10-09-18 George Chellew

Remember you going to the same school as my sister Joan, and came recently when I brought your name up with a regular visitor to our table tennis club, Paul Carlin, who says you are his uncle.

My sister Joan, we lived in Cotter Street, also remembers you and hopes you are keeping well.

CHIMBONDA, Pascal

Updated: 06-09-18

Guadeloupe defender Pascal Chimbonda is one of the more recognisable names in English football.

Sometimes the cause of ridicule but sometimes a supremely talented individual capable of brilliance and disaster in equal measure.

An impressive top-flight club career is testament to Chimbonda’s ability as spells with Tottenham, Sunderland, Wigan Athletic and Blackburn earned Chimbonda a reputation as a rock in defence and even earned him a call-up for the France squad for the World Cup in 2006.

Despite not playing a game throughout the tournament, he did earn his one and only cap for Les Bleus in a warmup match against Denmark.
So, what happened to the man who was part of Tottenham Hotspur's last trophy triumph when he played 61 minutes of the extra-time victory over Chelsea in 2008?

Remarkably, at 39-years of age, Pascal Chimbonda can still be spotted lacing up his boots for Washington.

However, not the MLS team D.C United that Wayne Rooney is a member of but rather Washington Football Club of England’s Northern League Division Two (also known as the tenth tier of English football).

But don’t feel sorry for the former Spurs man as he is more than happy and claims he wants to give back to football.

It is also not the first time Chimbonda has muddied his boots in the lower leagues.
After leaving Doncaster in 2012, Chimbonda dipped his toe in non-league football by signing for Market Drayton Town, but never played a game.
Largely because Carlisle United swooped in and took the defender to Brunton Park.
26 league appearances followed but after one season, Chimbonda was back in France having signed for Athlétic Club Arles-Avignon.
The club folded in 2016 and in 2017 Chimbonda signed with Northern League Division Two side Washington.

It is a far-cry from the days of playing at White Hart Lane in front of 40,000 spectators or sitting with a front row seat as Zinedine Zidane head-butted Italy’s Marco Materazzi in the final of the 2006 World Cup but Chimbonda insists he is happy.
Even if his Washington team based in Tyne and Wear get crowds of no more than 450 spectators per game.

The former Blackburn star is taking the steps into management working towards his A-licence meaning the tactics board and chairman’s office may become more home to him than the pitch sooner rather than later.

No matter where he goes, Pascal Chimbonda continues to light up English football even now in the non-league ranks and without a doubt, Tottenham have much to be grateful to the defender for.

MOORE, NORMAN

Updated: 08-09-18 David Woodliffe Moore

After finishing playing football Norman joined Bedford & Gifford a packaging and paper company in Grimsby and later became a director of the company. In 1963 he started a packaging company named Humberside Wrappings Ltd. with his son David, David had been an apprentice at Hull City for two years but didn’t make a grade. In 1975 Norman & his wife Joyce bought a small holding of 70 acres and started breeding horses, they had some success with point to point races in Lincolnshire where they bred the horses. Norman died in 2007 and Joyce died 5 years later. David is still running Humberside Wrappings.

WICKS, STEVE

Updated: 06-09-18 Wendy Ballantyne

Steve and I used to do a lot of sports together for our school Ryiesh Green and won a lot of cups.

CHATTERLEY, LEW

Updated: 06-09-18

Which schools in brum did you and lew go to wendy?

HURST, JOHN

Updated: 06-09-18 Pete Kelbrick

I first watched John Hurst play in 1970 when my dad took me to my first Everton game. He wasn't flamboyant and I don't remember ever seeing him get booked, but he was solid, efficuent and reliable and seemed to be the perfect professional: a gentleman!
Thank you, John Hurst for all you did for our club.

GILKES, MICHAEL

Updated: 10-09-18 Pete Caunter

Hard-core Royals fan from 1963-1998. Privileged to meet Gilksey when he visited with a view to buying my house in 2003, but we decided the back garden wasn't quite long enough for him to get up to full pace! Always potential excitement when he was playing due to his exceptional pace, so thanks for the memories Gilksey. My second all-time favourite royal (after Robin Friday!)

CARR, WILLIE

Updated: 10-09-18 Paul Rees

I worked at the Coventry Economic Building Society in 1970. I got Willie his mortgage!! Great fella. He got me 2 tickets for the infamous Donkey Kick Everton game!!! (I'm an Everton fan)!!

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