- STUART RIPLEY
Ripley spent his entire career playing in the English leagues and even earned a couple of England caps too. He became somewhat of a hero with Middlesbrough where he played on the wing, and with Blackburn Rovers, with whom he won the PL in 1995. He also played in the top flight of English football with Southampton before closing out his career in the Football League.
Stuart chose to pursue education after his playing days were over. He set up the Castleford Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic, and in the meantime was studying for an Honors Degree in Law and French. He graduated in 2007, and a few years later, became a fully-qualified solicitor, transitioning to sports law. Stuart now works in football as a solicitor and is a law lecturer too, advising players and clubs on how to conduct themselves properly and helping them out of hot water, should they need his services.
- DAVID HILLIER
Hillier played in the English leagues as a midfielder for 15 years, his most notable spell being in the PL with Arsenal. He was with The Gunners for eight years, but eventually fell out of favor with the club after a string of misdemeanors and off-field incidents somewhat sullied his name. He won a ton of accolades with Arsenal, but his footballing career eventually fizzled out with Barnet when he was let go.
Hillier needed to work, as he realized he couldn’t live off his earnings from football forever. His wife heard a radio ad whereby the local services were looking to recruit firefighters. He decided to give it a go, failed, but tried, tried and tried again, and eventually got the news he was hoping for at the fourth interview. Today, Hillier’s a qualified firefighter, putting fires out in and around Bristol, but is still involved in football doing some commentating and media work.
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