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: 05-08-20 Colin SmithFound Ben by accident doing my family tree, his brother married my 1st cousin twice removed in 1910, I have a photograph of the wedding. Researched Ben and found a lot about him and his tragic story as he passed away 37yrs old, buried locally and been and found his resting place. The plot was all overgrown & headstone cross is broken and needs restoring. Would be nice to get FA or Derby County/Chelsea to fund this, Forgotten Hero
Updated: 05-08-20 Elaine KellyThis was Elaines COUSIN does anyone know where he lives please, any information about him would be lovely please. Thank you. Regards Elaines husband James
Updated: 05-08-20 Ken HedleyYes, I did my Premlim coaching badge with Paul at Sherburn Village, Co Durham, many years ago. I was his partner in some of the drills. Smashing bloke and down to earth. Dickie Rooks, was our Tutor and mentor.
Updated: 05-08-20 David BarnwellHello Derek.
Updated: 05-08-20 Alf TarlingRoy you was very good at all sports at every schoolboy level. Not just at football but athletics and you was also pretty good at swimming. We won the schools lifesaving race. I hope you remember. Alf TARLING
Updated: 05-08-20 Graham KiddJohn joined West Yorkshire Police in or around 1981/2. I worked with him in Pontefract Division before he became a road traffic officer
Updated: 05-08-20 Sally Hocking (nee Wood)Jackie (Edward John) Wood was my father.
Updated: 05-08-20 David WadhamI'm sure that Jim Herriot, after a Head knock and probably still concussed, took a ' by kick) into His own net. Goal was disallowed as it was deemed as not in play .
Updated: 05-08-20 John Slark Age 77When I was about 10 years old, I wrote to the BBC and asked if Maurice could come on the radio and answer a question for me, it was ,did he ever play centre forward for Norwich City reserves, I knew the answer because I watch the game, and yes Eamon Andrews Had Monty on his tea time show, and answered my question,
Updated: 05-08-20 James healyPeter is such a great man. I joined a new football team "Wivenhoe Town" he welcomed me even though he wasn't the manager he was a goal keeper coach he is very funny good to talk with trains the goalkeeper very well and often he took our warm ups before games. He motivated us such an inspiration.
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.