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: 14-06-18 Stan AdieI remember his first game against Leicester on 22nd August 1964. He had a good game in a 3-3 draw England goalkeeper Gordon Banks was playing in goal at the opposite end.
Updated: 14-06-18 Mick CookWorked with John in the 80s at Humberside Welding. Really good bloke and still the only welder I have ever met who's won the FA Cup.
Updated: 13-06-18 Colonel WildtrousersSadly Alan is currently an inpatient at Baths Royal United Hospital suffering with severe dementia.
Updated: 13-06-18 Bryan WoodfordEddie was my hero at Southend United in the mid-60’s. A skilful and exciting goal scorer, I even painted his picture on my school technical drawing folder. If anyone knows how to get hold of him, we are trying to contact him to join Southend United Ex-Players Association ((SUEPA). Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any news please.
Updated: 12-06-18 Dave BarberBeen a Chelsea supporter since my first game in 1973. Went on a field trip to Mull with Salford Uni in the early 80's We drove past Peter's house whilst he was hanging out his washing. Surreal!
Updated: 12-06-18 Bob DinningGreat player.I was at the game v Bolton on Good Friday 1965 when Newcastle gained promotion to the old first division. Half back line was Anderson McGrath and Iley.He was an amazing player!
Updated: 12-06-18 Christian lengI lived in the next street to bob in Tottenham.he was a few years older than us kids. He always had time for a kick about when he was at Fulham. Yours truly. Chris Leng
Updated: 12-06-18 BRADD IanI personally would like to know are we related, in anyway as my Dad(Derek) said we are in some way I had 2 uncle,s Dennis/ micheal & 1 auntie Margaret my grandad was Cyril my Nan was Ann we came from Rochester in kent. Dad said you could be grandads brothers son PLZ e-MAIL email@example.com
Updated: 09-06-18 Trevor Pickering"Our Albert"used to come past our school most lunch times and if any body was fighting or acting up he'd get out of his little Austin and stop them. I once followed him all the way up our avenue walking in his footsteps, he was a striking fellow in his blue England blazer. "Our Albert" my hero.He made Messi look like a chump. Trevor Pickering
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.
If you know of any other stories that may interest fellow fans, please do let us know.