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: 10-12-23 Anthony McGuinnessMe and Simon both took hat-tricks getting the first 6 batsmen out playing cricket for Swinton against Bollington in the Lancs and Cheshire league in 1988. I was reminded of this yesterday when a mate sent me a photo of us both which I’d never seen before.
Updated: 10-12-23 Dave mcguireI used to clean his windows when he lived on Oldfield Road. I always remember such a nice guy and family always had time for a chat and a bit of banter. I was got a nice cup of tea and a biscui.t I even got to see the hidden Elvis room.
Updated: 06-12-23 OliviaHi, I am Alistair Browns grand daughter. He is doing well. Brendan still comes and visits my grandad Ali, and he spends a lot of his free time watching his old games.
Updated: 05-12-23 C SunelyHe hails from the same area in York (Osbaldwick) as my late father Vincent & my father named me afer him. We went down to see him & Hereford play in their last non-league game before they were promoted to the football league.
Updated: 05-12-23 Mark MargateFreddie Kearns was Margate’s centre forward for many years in the late 1950s and early ‘60s. He worked part time for Rediffusion Television and fitted to our house - our first tv. Happy days.
Updated: 04-12-23 Jeanine BarrattHe was my nans cousin Margaret Gaunt. She was very proud of the fact he played for Manchester City. I will see if I can find anything more as my mother is 96 and still alive she may have more info.
Updated: 04-12-23 WoodyI can remember the day Wyn signed from Bolton as all of us young lads at work were gathered round a transistor radio. The cheer we let out as it was announced was so loud the manager came rushing out of his office to see what all the noise was about.
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: Ex-footballers who retired and got normal jobs, Did Tresor Kandol Score the Most Important Goal in Leeds United’s History?, 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.