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: 29-02-24 tommy GoodwinI played with Mick way back in 1970 in Limerick. I was hoping with this message to get in touch with him to say hello. maybe Paul might be able to help me. Tommy
Updated: 28-02-24 Peter BurnettI worked with Pat Ayris in the mid 60’s and 70’s in the HMSO, she was always a fun loving, bubbly girl. I vaguely remember she got married in the 80’s. I’d just really like to hear from her again if possible
Updated: 28-02-24 Sue alexanderI worked with derek at washington leisure centre! He was a brilliant manager very empathetic and looked after his staff! I have all good memories of derek such a lovely fella xx
Updated: 28-02-24 Roy HarperI was at school with Eddie, many years ago and I was chatting to Paul Matthews, a school mate of ours and his name came up. We would like to get in touch with him. Appreciate any help.
Updated: 26-02-24 Chris HuntRemember me? Drummer in Meal Ticket, friend of Chris Lewis, Dennis Waterman Warren Clarke etc. The Turks Head in Twickenham over 40 years ago. Hope alls good with you. Best Chris Hunt
Updated: 26-02-24 Michael LloydRIP Paul. I was at Wellington Boys school at the same time as Paul. He was a couple of years older than me, part of a really good school team a couple of who, turned professional with Paul. Really nice lad, sad news.
Updated: 26-02-24 Francis PhillipsI remember meeting Billy Rafferty outside John Richards’ house in Penn Wolverhampton when delivering Mr Richards’ newspaper.
Updated: 26-02-24 Alan BreenHi Eric, my hero then (late 60s/early 70s) and I still brag about you even now! I remember line yesterday playing kick about with you at dad’s place when I was but a boy and your epic performance against Man U at Old Trafford in a 2-1 loss but you received a standing ovation from the Old Trafford crowd. (I also remember the 7-0 loss at Elland Rd against my magnificent Leeds team when dad wouldn’t let me go see you after the game!). I have that match and the Dec draw against Arsenal on my You Tube!! You were the difference in that Arsenal match…Bob Wilson even said you were a freak that day!
Updated: 26-02-24 Jeff DavisI remember going to school one day when my best buddy said “Wrexham have sold Mickey to Chester“. I thought he was joking as I couldn’t believe it. I knew that day that Ken Barnes (manager) was losing the plot, particularly when he replaced Micky with Billy Myerscough. A goal every other game for Wrexham. My favourite player back then and went on to score loads for Chester.
Updated: 25-02-24 Colin DunnI grew up in St.Ives Cornwall. When I was around 14yo I heard from someone that John Sissons of West Ham was on holiday in a little village called Lelant near St.Ives. Being a football autograph collector, I made my way there and was told the house he was staying at by one of the local shopkeepers. I had my autograph book with pictures of John and brazenly knocked on the door and John came out and signed all of my pics which incidentally I still hav ! Such a nice chap. I always looked out for his name after that. Nice man.
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: Ex-footballers who retired and got normal jobs, 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.