Following on from our past post about the most famous fictional postmen of all time, we thought it would be fun to bring you a list of REAL famous people who have been postmen in their lives, and found that a large number of household footballing names have taken this up as a career. A host of celebrities have served time as a postie, delivering letters and packages to people both before and after illustrious careers in the spotlight.
Neil Webb had a distinguished career as a footballer in the 80’s and early 90’s. Beginning his career in the lower leagues with his local team Reading, his potential soon became apparent and he made the step up to Second Division Portsmouth. He spent two years there before legendary manager Brian Clough took him to Nottingham Forest for £250,000 in 1985. This followed four seasons where he established himself as one of the top goal scoring midfielders in the country, going on to make his England debut in 1987. After these plaudits, he soon gained a big-money move to Manchester United in 1989, with Alex Ferguson parting with £1.5 million to gain his services. Unfortunately, after only a few games for United, Webb snapped his Achilles tendon and was out of action for some time. After his return, he was never the same player again, losing that burst of speed that had made him such a potent threat.
After finishing his career 1997, having played for a string of lower league clubs, Webb moved back to Reading. In 2004, he took a job as a postman for the Royal Mail, saying “It’s good exercise. And I’m home by lunch… It’s a job. What else do people expect me to do?”
Peter Bonetti is a former goalkeeper, who spent the majority of his career at Chelsea during the 1960’s and 1970’s. After joining the Blues as a 19 year old in 1960, he was fast tracked through the youth groups and made his debut within a few weeks of signing. From then onwards, he was a mainstay in the Chelsea goal for almost 15 years, quickly developing into one of the most distinguished goalkeepers of his generation. He made his England debut in 1966 and won 7 international caps, a total that would surely have been bigger had it not been for the outstanding Gordon Banks. Unfortunately, he is best remembered in an England shirt as a result of a lacklustre performance at the 1970 World Cup, where he deputised for Banks after he had contracted food poisoning. Bonetti had a poor game and fumbled a shot that lead to England being knocked out by West Germany 3-2. He left Chelsea in 1975 to play a year in the North American Soccer League, before returning for a further three years and finally winding down his career at lower league Woking.
Once in retirement, Bonetti moved to the Isle of Mull and became a full-time postman. After a few years delivering letters and cards on the Scottish island, he returned to England to begin a career as a goalkeeping coach at Chelsea, Manchester City and the England national side.
David Harvey is also a former goalkeeper, and spent the majority of his career at Leeds United during the legendary Don Revie era. Signing for Leeds as a 17 year old in 1965, he acted as deputy to erratic Gary Sprake for many years, making only sporadic appearances until 1972. It was in this year that Harvey finally gained the top spot on a regular basis and played for the next 3 seasons as undisputed number one, winning the First Division in 1974 and reaching the 1975 European Cup Final. During the 1975 season, Harvey got in to an unfortunate car crash and was replaced by David Stewart, who played well and was preferred for the next 5 years, before Harvey left in 1980 for Vancouver Whitecaps. He returned to Leeds in 1982 and played for a further three seasons before travelling around lower league clubs and finally finishing in 1987 with Harrogate. Harvey was also a Scottish international, and won a total of 16 caps between 1972 and 1976, going to the 1974 World Cup as their starting goalkeeper.
After retiring, Harvey first worked as a publican, before eventually becoming a postman, say “The sorting office atmosphere was like a dressing room”. He continued in this job for many years, before retiring to the Orkney Islands in northern Scotland.