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: 16-08-19Full Name - Steve Shea (known as Sheasy)
Updated: 16-08-19 MarkI remember the fans having mixed views on Westwood, I was very young watching him . Was there a difficult relationship between him and Ken Price or am I imagining that? He was quick and scored a decent amount of goals. There's not much about what happened to him after football which is a shame
Updated: 16-08-19 Pete RobertsI lived just round the corner from Highbury in the early 70s. Could pay my entrance fee at the great North Bank turnstiles. Loved watching Charlie the king of Highbury play.
Updated: 16-08-19 Andy SorrellDave knew my dad Ray he came to our house in Woking and I have a photo of him playing football with me in the garden.
Updated: 16-08-19 David WattsHe will always be remembered for his flair and attractive football skills
Updated: 16-08-19 GrahamI remember seeing him play for Crystal Palace when I was a young man. He had great potential, shame about the career ending injury!
Updated: 16-08-19 Ronald EllamsI remember Wally Fielding well. A brilliant player who never got international recognition. When I was a schoolboy I wrote to him for some tips and he wrote back with some good advice which I into practice when I played football at the time. I passed the letter on to my nephew who I was coaching at the time. Sorry now I didn’t keep it. Will always remember him for the gentleman he was
Updated: 16-08-19 FionaHe was not the uncle of Perry. Slightly more distantly related. To the extent that if you look at the family tree Groves is the incorrect surname for Perry.
Updated: 16-08-19 John WoodJon became a driving instructor in Leicester and was to be seen regularly at the local test centres. I knew him during my time as an instructor and he was always very pleasant to speak to and a really nice bloke. As far as I know he still lives locally in a small village just outside the city but retired from instructing in the early 2000's I think. After he retired I'd still see him occasionally out running along the country roads between his village and the neighbouring one. A nephew of mine who was living in Los Angeles gave me a fan photo he had from Jon's time at Leicester City and asked me to get him to sign it which he duly did and I posted it back to L.A. to a very pleased nephew!
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.
If you know of any other stories that may interest fellow fans, please do let us know.