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Who Is the *Other* Ken Todd Anyways?
Get to know the man who shares a name with the #RHOBH hubby.
Go ahead and Google Ken Todd. When you do, you might be directed to a Wikipedia page about a soccer player named Ken Todd that has the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills hubby's image on it. Or, find an article or two that refers to Lisa Vanderpump's husband's days as a soccer player. But we can exclusively confirm that said footballer is not Lisa Vanderpump's husband. "No, he chases puppies, not balls," Lisa told The Daily Dish. "That's another Ken Todd."
So, who is this other Ken with incredible search results? Well, according to that aforementioned Wiki page, soccer-playing Ken is 58 and hails from Butterknowle, England. He rose to fame playing for various soccer leagues as a midfielder in the mid to late '70s. During the course of his four-year professional run, he played for five teams: Wolverhampton Wanderers, Port Vale, Portsmouth, Fareham Town, and Waterlooville. (This all probably means more if you know anything about English soccer.)
As it turns out, the other Ken Todd also made quite the splash while he was playing. When he was recruited to play for Port Vale in 1978, team manager Dennis Butler broke a club record purchasing him for £37,000 (which amounts to $52,591 in U.S. dollars today). Unfortunately he didn't live up to the hype and was singled out for abuse. “I didn’t enjoy it. I would pass the ball but would never get it back,” he said about that time in his life, according to to Wolves Heroes. “I fell out with the manager Frank Burrows more or less straightaway,” he added. After he left, he played for a several other teams before he officially ended his career in 1980.
While we all know what Lisa's Ken is up to these days, you might be wondering what came of the other Ken, who has been profiled in the 1996 book, Port Vale Personalities: A Biographical Dictionary of Players, Officials and Supporters. Well, apparently he moved to Portsmouth and became a youth team manager. He's married and has a daughter. He opened up about his new life in a 2014 interview. “I was amazed when Burrows asked me to go back to Portsmouth as youth team manager. Later, I worked with [former soccer player] Tony Barton but money was tight," he said, according to Wolves Heroes. “I loved it in Hampshire. I worked in the community and in coaching. But I’m happy to be back in the North-East these days with my wife Suzanne and our eight-year old, Ella.”
And there you have it.
Speaking of Lisa and their pets, can the lady of the house name all of the animals in their brood?