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: 15-09-21 David BallDerek was my hero watching Bury as a young kid. A NI international he had some great seasons at Bury
Updated: 15-09-21 Tony RoltBrian was only 16 when he moved from Eastbourne United reserves, playing in the Brighton League, to play for the Albion’s Metropolitan League ‘A’ team. His first game was against Eastbourne United in that league. It was also United player/coach Jack Mansell’s last game for the club. It was a rather inauspicious start to a fabulous career as his first touch was to pick the ball out of the net from a Mansell screamer that he never saw!!! Speaking about this forty years later Jack said, slightly tongue in cheek, that “it served him right!!!”.
Updated: 15-09-21 Margaret MeeseI had a huge crush on Pat when i was a teenager. I had a pair of gold cufflinks made for him with AVFC on them. I got my mate to give them to him because I was too shy. I wonder if he still has them.
Updated: 15-09-21 DeniseA reply for you Norman Bartlett, John Sewells Son is on facebook and you may be able to message him. His name is Howard Sewell. Hope this is of some use to you in your search. Denise
Updated: 14-09-21 Gary HigginsWorking with Wayne at the moment. What a friendly, unassuming, and totally nice guy. I especially like our football chats.
Updated: 14-09-21 Ian BurtonIs there any chance of making contact with Bruce? His father was my Regimental Sergeant Major when I was an Army Cadet in The Perse School, Cambridge Contingent. I have recently completed my autobiography, and would dearly love a photo (in uniform?) of RSM Rioch to accompany the account of my cadet activities and the part played in them by the truly admirable James Rioch. If you could forward this to Bruce, or suggest a different possible line of communication, I should be most grateful. Thanks. Ian J. Burton.
Updated: 13-09-21 Eric martinisRemember Alan during my time at Luton whilst being signed by paddy sowden in middle 73-75 but unfortunately moved to ltaly to play. Knew Godfrey Ingram and Ricky Hill, youth coach Begarra, Ken Moore.
Updated: 13-09-21 Paul BennettI watched Mick play several times for Walsall, at Fellows Park. I think Dave Mackay brought him down from Leeds. He was a brilliant player for us, the only problem was that he was too good for our team and his visionary play was to advanced for the others in the squad. In the end they made Mick look poor. Still I loved watching Walsall at the time and Mick will always be a part of those memories.
Updated: 13-09-21 Paul BennettProbably the best player I have ever seen play for Walsall. He was brilliant. Everyone loved him and within a certain age group he is still talked about with great fondness.
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: 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.