It’s always interesting to see what former professionals are doing now after a high profile career, such as football.
Here we run through some successful and unsuccessful players who have had stints at Palace. There are also three who have played at full international level.
Many have gone into the management or coaching side of the game, while others have taken the more quiet approach.
Players from this particular eras are not in the same bracket in terms of money compared to what players are paid now, so don’t expect too much!
We go from retiring as a professional footballer to designing vacuum mouthpieces and appearing on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity.
While you could include the likes of Ian Wright, we all know they’re doing through TV punditry and so on. These are players you don’t really hear from now, so let’s take a walk down memory late and look back those Palace names from yesteryear.
Palace fans won’t forget this signing.
January 1998 saw Brolin handed a two-week trial which was then extended till the end of the season. He ended up playing 12 times for the Eagles, but was considerably overweight at the time. This was considered a last throw of the dice as Palace were in dire straights fighting a relegation battle.
According to his Wikipedia page, Brolin then went on to open a restaurant (quite ironic) called Undici, this was an Italian/Swedish restaurant.
He then went to sell mouthpieces for vacuum cleaners before playing in the TV poker series.
Bobby Bowry began his career at QPR but unfortunately failed to make one appearance for them. He then moved to Palace where he made 50 appearances and help them win the old First Division.
According to his Wikipedia page, his now a football agent with Premier League and Football League stars among his clients.
The first teenager to be transferred for over £1m. He was with Palace from 1994 to 1998 before joining Barnsley. Originally started off on the wing, but pushed into a more central role with a total of 44 goals.
Latter 2008 he signed for York, but later retired due injuries, notably back and hamstring. Since retiring he has used football to carry out charity work.
This former player was known for his hard tackles and no-nonsense approach. Unfortunately, injury blighted his career which otherwise had great potential to go further.
After football, he then became Manager of Fleet Town, but eventually left in 2003.
In March 2018, the Southern Daily Echo reported that he was cleared of allegations of assault and threatening behaviour.
He has done media work and also worked behind the scenes at Winchester City.
The first goalkeeper to be signed for over £1 million and what a snip it was. Many consider him to be unlucky as he was in the same era as David Seaman and Tim Flowers. He now does media work and has also worked as a coach in the lower leagues.
A member of the cup final team in 1990, Andy Thorn was a bargain signing from Wimbledon. He returned to Wimbledon in 1994 for a few seasons, before a stint in Scotland and then on to Tranmere. He retired at 31 due to a knee injury.
He then went into management with Coventry, which saw a caretaker role go permanent. Coventry were relegated in 2012. His last appointment was with Kidderminster Harriers, where was in charge for two months before he was sacked.
Simon ‘Jolly’ Rodger, who played for Stoke and Man City, was a loyal servant to Palace. He also played through the administration period where that particular group of players are held in high regard.
Today, according to ‘Where Are They Now‘, Simon is a private chauffeur and is married to Alison Young who is a QVC beauty expert.
Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock joined the Eagles for a free transfer before joining Swindon Town. His time was chequered and shortlived at Selhurst.
‘Razor’ did come out of retirement at the age of 46 to sign for Wellingborough Whitworth.
Since then, he has starred in reality TV shows such as I’m a Celebrity and Big Brother. After ‘I’m a Celeb’, he recorded a song with fellow contestants for charity. His appearance on Big Brother was short-lived, he was voted out first.
He has since appeared on Harry’s Heroes: The Full English, which starred ex-England favourites taking on former German internationals.
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