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: 11-05-21 anthony otwayLawrie was a strong bustling type of player. He was very hard to knock off the ball and i watched him score a hat trick on his playing debut for Norwich City. Without him Norwich could have been relegated that year. A surprise when he left so early.
Updated: 11-05-21 Mike RhodesMy uncle Archie took us to a Christmas game. I think it was against Millwall. 45000 crowd. Place was packed. We were near the south stand in the corner. I remember a wall falling down. Was anyone else there that day?
Updated: 10-05-21 Hartcliffe HarryJohn Galley was one of the greats at Ashton Gate. East End loved him and would often sing " Walk a million miles for one of your goals....Galley..."
Updated: 09-05-21 Kathleen (nee Addy)I was in the same class as Peter at Stocksbridge primary school.
Updated: 09-05-21 Claire WoodruffBobby is my Dad. He is now 80 years young and besides the usual aches and pains of being 80 he is in fine fettle, still playing lots of golf and going to the gym. He doesnt look 80, hopefully I have inherited those genes. We catch up often and he loves to talk football and the old days which my partner loves as he is football mad !!!!
Updated: 09-05-21 IanJust watching Saints against Liverpool and thinking what we need is you to organise the team. You were an inspiration. If you saw me again you’d recognise me, Shirley Curtains. Glad your still safe. Ian.
Updated: 09-05-21 mike amosWhen Alan was playing for Reading, he was one of a few R.F.C.players who were stamp collectors,
Updated: 09-05-21 Paul BerrySadly Walter died Jan 2012 at Blackpool Victoria hospital.
Updated: 08-05-21 Pompey steveYou still in Pompey mate? Meet you the bookies in fratton....Chelsea are buzzing 2 Cup finals..
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.