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: 18-01-22 Kerry MillerJust a small point regarding John Ward. Workington Town is the rugby league club, Workington AFC is the football club.
Updated: 18-01-22 Tony saundersWas at Upton Park West Ham v Arsenal giving Charlie dogs abuse. He just turned, grinned, put two fingers up and then made a zero sign with finger and thumb. Yeah, you got it, Arsenal 2-0 winners.
Updated: 18-01-22 Ron MilamHi Cess, long time no speak. I was looking through some old Leeds Academy stuff and it reminded me of the good "old" days. Just wondered how you are.
Updated: 18-01-22 Barry AshbyAde was a class mate at Henry Compton secondary school, Fulham, London. The last time we spoke was at a 5-a-side football match at Fulham swimming baths after we had both left school.
Updated: 17-01-22 Selsey Football ClubIt is with great sadness we share with you, the news that Paul 'Fish' Hinshelwood has passed away. Fish was always a competitive sportsman who gave it his all and he will be sorely missed.
Updated: 17-01-22 John GannonSad news, just learned today that Brian passed away December 2021. I was a school friend of his and I married his cousin. Small world, Brian, myself and Mary Mooney were all in the same class at school in East Kilbride Scotland. RIP. Brian
Updated: 16-01-22 Graham WebbWas at Wellington Road school with Tony. Lovely fella & good mate.
Updated: 16-01-22 Phil WakemanRemember Colin very well, specially when he was taken on by Derby County. Bit of a celeb in our area then. Lived a few doors up from me in Gloucester Road, Netherton. I remember how proud his dad was.
Updated: 16-01-22 Stanley WilliamsPlayed with him at Palace and was at the time my best mate. Great guy.
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: Did Tresor Kandol Score the Most Important Goal in Leeds United’s History?, Arsenal Greats, Ruud Gullit, Roy Bentley, Trevor Francis, Gavin Peacock, Carlos Valderrama, Graham Potter, Matt Holland, Liverpool's 2005-06 FA Cup Winning Team, 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.