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: 18-01-20Settled in his home town of Stalybridge, where he took work as a Sports Centre manager.
Updated: 18-01-20 Brian HynesThink was my PE teacher in the mid 70s at what is now Savio High School in Netherton. Told us his team where in FA Cup final and he was on the bench with a broken leg.
Updated: 18-01-20 Keith HaywardThe youngest goalkeeper to make his debut for Charlton Athletic 17 years and 21 days on 14th December 1968
Updated: 18-01-20 David SuttonBig fan when he was at Hull City, he scored a fabulous goal against Sunderland in an evening game I was at with Stuart Pearson’s father and my late father in law
Updated: 18-01-20 Alan DellerI knew Alex (Sandy) as a young lad when he played for Hull City Boys. He lived near me in Glasgow Street, Hull and Sandy used to practice shooting with me in goal - a garage door!
Updated: 18-01-20Bobby was years ahead of Frank Lampard but of a similar style of play. Seem to remember that he married a young lady who worked as a hairdresser at Tansleys on Hinkley Road in Leicester. I went to school with her brother Keith (Wright) who worked with Don Revie at the FA before becoming the Secretary of the English Golf Union.
Updated: 18-01-20 Trevor BerryHi, I moved to Wexford in Ireland in 2002 after finishing my career with Rotherham having to retire early at the age of 27 through injury, I Played for Waterford and was very successful but it only lasted a few months as I started a new Job that did not free up any time and also my ankle was not able even for the reduced training schedule. I am currently a regional manager for a security company and have I now have 3 sons, I have been married for 21 years and life is really good, my time at Rotherham will always be my best years and I was lucky enough to play and win at Wembley in 96 and be part of the squad that won back to back promotions, I keep in touch with Vance warner who along with Melissa his wife are godparents to my eldest Son, I would see Vance at least once a year.
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.