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: 21-04-20 Nick PinkNow retired and living on the South Coast. Became a very good friend of the family and we followed him from QPR to Millwall to Crystal Palace to Charlton. They dont make defenders like that any more. Seeing him ina few weeks.
Updated: 21-04-20 Pat DeloI remember Dan is coming in the Barnaby near the ground one night and met him briefly one of my heroes at the time being a Millwall supporter all I could say to him as I shook he's hand was you should have won player of the year Dan is he smiled and agreed. Most underrated player ever to have played for the lions. . Thanks for some great memories Dan is. come you lions
Updated: 21-04-20 Danny SmithPatesy helped me as a young player at Brighton, then signed me when he became manager of Crawley , where he gave me the chance to play along side legends such as David Speedie, , great coach, - top bloke 🙂
Updated: 21-04-20 Julian WoodTop bloke - he was the manager of my school team in Emsworth for a little while in the 1980s
Updated: 21-04-20 PaulRemember being told David had joined Barnsley, I was 10 and thought whose this???? Saw him turn up to training in his Capri and thought he was so cool ( my words at age 10). Barnsley legend in my eyes.
Updated: 21-04-20 Carol JonesSoloman lived in Higham Ferrers Northamptonshire. He was mayor many times. He was married to Florence Winter . He had special leave from the Navy to marry.He was presented with honorary parchment from the Royal Humane Society for saving soldiers from drowning.He also launched Co-operaive Boot and Shoe Company in Higham, They never had any children.
Updated: 16-04-20Brian Rowe had a nomadic career as a player and this led to stints in England, Canada and the United States. He is now 'back home' and lives in East Kilbride.
Updated: 07-04-20 Darren HurstI worked with and for Roy and Barbara at the Monteraze, absolutely brilliant couple and they both treated everyone fantastically. It was a dream to work with 1 of my BWFC Heroes and he was still a great 5 a side player. True Gent
Updated: 07-04-20 Hugh WilliamsPeter Dobing married my ex girl friend Judith Atkinson in 1962. What happened to the marriage and to Judith? HW
Updated: 07-04-20 John GlaveyLong time ago ! I played in the junior school team at Shirestone Road Junior school along with David Smith ,Jim Stoddard amongst others . As a Blue Nose but living away from Birmingham I followed Phil’s career with great interest . We met once when we were about 19 / 20 and Phil gave me an interesting insight into the life of a professional footballer . He was a top player ! Best wishes Phil.
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 look back at some of the best strikers to grace English football.
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