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: 19-04-21 Eileen spenceA lady has just been on Antiques Roadshow talking about Edward Liddell and showing photos of him BBC 1 7.00pm. 18th April 2021.
Updated: 19-04-21 Tony RobinsonHis great grand daughter has just been on the Antiques Roadshow 18/04/2021 with quite a bit of Neds memorabilia.
Updated: 19-04-21 Wesley IrwinAs a Liverpool supporter since the Shankly era, I took special interest in Colin’s time at Anfield because of our shared surname. As an Ulsterman his links to QUB and the peace process are a revelation! Very interesting gentleman. Would love to have met him.
Updated: 19-04-21 Mike ShorthouseAnybody know if Willie Anderson still lives in Oregon?
Updated: 19-04-21I played with Roy -I hasten to add as a cricketer! Roy kept fit in the summer playing for south london side KENODA (Kenington Oval District Association). My dad played with Roy and when I was home from school I played too. Roy was our opening fast bowler and a pivotal member of the team. Later we moved to Croyden and I enjoyed watching Roy and Johnny Byrne. A lot of footballers played cricket in the summer Kenoda had Dulwich Hamlet players too, all south london guys!
Updated: 18-04-21 Nigel HollandJim was sitting in the stands at Birmingham City about 1968. At half time, I asked for an autograph, sat and chatted. What a gentleman. I think I was 12 meeting a hero. Thanks Jim.
Updated: 18-04-21 EliasI am 47 and remember Kevin at 1982 Spain. I was 8 then.I see him now to a google photo. I understand that the years pass quickly. Believe me now I understand this at 47. Love you Kevin best player. Life is too short and all we grow up.
Updated: 18-04-21 Mark WrightAlthough Tommy did live in Maghull as an Adult, he was born and brought up in Norris Green.
Updated: 18-04-21 Brian CreweI went to secondary school with Bill and were good pals. He was a sports all rounder. Great memories keep safe old friends.
Updated: 17-04-21 BJ FarrimondTrevor, you were one of the most skillful and determined Everton players I saw in my younger days. You would put the likes of Tom Davies, Alex Awobi and Mason Holgate to shame today. It was a pleasure watching you mate. God bless.
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: 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.