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Retired Premier League Footballers – Where Are They Now?

We all know that Premier League Football is a short-lived career. It can be a very high earning career, but even at the very highest level of fitness and quality, you’ll struggle to top two decades on the field.

Here we are going to take a look at ten ex-Premier League footballers who have left Football and taken on something completely different.

If you know of any ex-pro’s that have unusual new careers, let us know in the comments and we may include them in a future update.

Lee Bowyer

Lee Bowyer was part of the fantastic Leeds United side that won their way to the UEFA Champions League semi-final in the 200/01 season and also part of the Birmingham City team that lifted the Football League Trophy in 2011.

Bowyer spent the majority of his career in the Premier League, but retired with Ipswich Town in the English Championship at the end of the 2011/2012 season.

Lee Bowyer in action for Ipswich Town. Credit: Sky Sports.
Lee Bowyer in action for Ipswich Town. Credit: Sky Sports.

During his career, Lee Bowyer played for 6 clubs, starting his career with Charlton Athletic, before moving to Leeds United in 1996.

After a spell with Leeds United, during the clubs most successful period in the early 2000’s, Bowyer headed south, to West Ham United.

Bowyer made 11 appearances for the Hammers, before being released in the summer after a combination of injury and  West Ham’s relegation from the Premier League (Bowyers contract had a clause that gave West Ham the option to release the player if they were relegated).

Lee Bowyer then joined Newcastle United, where he famously had a bust-up with Kieron Dyer – on his own team – during a game.

After three years on Tyneside, Bowyer headed back to West Hame United, where he spent three years, before moving to Birmingham City and winning his first and only major career trophy.

The London-born Midfielder completed his eighteen-year playing career in East Anglia, with Ipswich Town.

After a short spell as a coach at Watford FC, Bowyer left football and called the owner of a fishing venue in France:

“When I was playing, I used to go on fishing holidays in France for a week every June with my mates. 

“There was this place I loved near a village called Orconte. In November, I called the owner and he was looking to sell because of health issues. So I bought it”.

Keen fisherman, Bowyer visited the aforementioned location and decided he was going to invest, before decided to simply buy the business and run it himself.

The Fishery now goes by the name of Etang de Bows, which translate to Bow’s Lake – the former players nickname.

Photo Credit: Daily Mail
Photo Credit: Daily Mail

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