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: 17-12-18 Jim & Dianne Boutell Texas 1968We were friends with Dave in 1968 when he was playing with the Dallas Tornado. We invited him to dinner at our apartment in Arlington, Texas. Our dinner was typical Texas cuisine ham, potatoes and corn. David apologized that he could not eat the corn as it was food for hogs back home!!!!! We lost contact with Dave when he returned to England and wish we could reconnect.
Updated: 13-12-18 Paul BrucculeriMy family and I met Len on a beach in Ingoldmells, near Skegness, when on holiday in what must have been the early 1970s (if not late 1960s). My sister, brother and I were fascinated by the many crabs Len had caught and put into buckets. We saw him on the same beach on several days during the holiday and got talking to him. He was very friendly with us and actually surprised my brother and I by buying us a Leicester City cap which he signed for us. We've often mentioned him in the years since.
Updated: 13-12-18 Kallem hazellBest grandad in the world. Bigman still breaths football.
Updated: 13-12-18 Brian DolbyKen was my favourite player when I was a young Norwich City supporter in the late 1960s. I still remember the chant, "he's here, he's there, he's every xxxxxx where, Ken Foggo, Ken Foggo" I was gutted when we sold him and always wanted to have the chance to thank him for the enjoyment he brought. A great player for the Canaries.
Updated: 13-12-18 Frank HowardI worked at the Ashton Reporter when Paul was there and on a couple of occasions played in the same team against other newspaper teams. Being a Manchester City fan of many years I was thrilled to see him play for City. I think he was not given a chance in the team
Updated: 13-12-18 Martin HinshelwoodSorry to say Wally passed away on Saturday 24th November aged 89 after a short illness at St Richard's Hospital, Chichester.
Updated: 13-12-18 Keith HaywardBorn 21st November 1951. Born in Hove Sussex. Goalkeeper
Updated: 13-12-18 Mike SmithAlways loved players with flair. Even though a staunch Villa fan loved to see down at Villa Park your Charlie Cooke’s of Chelsea and The great Denis Law. Willie Anderson was a beautifully balanced player especially with his pace and trickery and should have achieved more in his career, but I loved him. He was a class act, no doubt about that.
Updated: 13-12-18 Wayne HodgeI saw Brian score a brilliant goal one evening. He was down by the left corner flag being harassed when he kicked the ball high over towards the goal area. The wind caught the ball and blew the ball into the top of the net!
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 view of Watford's prospects (kindly provided by 777score.co.uk).
If you know of any other stories that may interest fellow fans, please do let us know.