Thursday, April 26, 2007

Alan Ball MBE 1945 - 2007


Full Name : James Alan Ball, Jr. MBE
Date of Birth : 12 May 1945
Place of Birth Farnworh, Lancashire
Height : 168m
Position : Midfield
Clubs : Bolton Wanderers, Blackpool, Everton, Arsenal, Southampton, Philadelphia Fury, Vancouver Whitecaps, Eastern AA, Bristol Rovers
International Caps(Goals) : 72(8)
Date of Death : 25th April 2007
Place of Death : Warsash, Hampshire
25th April 2007 is another dark day of football when Everton legend Alan Ball MBE became the second player of England's 1966 World Cup winning squad to pass away after captain Bobby Moore. It comes of a surprise to everyone as Ball was the youngest member in that team. He was then 21 years old.
In his 22 years as a professional footballer, he has scored more than 180 league goals. But scoring goals was not what Alan Ball best remembered for. Being a small figure, Ball was rejected by several clubs like Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bolton before becoming an apprentice and then a pro with Blackpool.
Ball was a terrier. His tireless runs and hardworking ethnic which were famous characteristics you'd expect from a Lancashire-born man. He never stops running and he never gives up. That was Alan Ball. His passion on the field was second to none.
Alan Ball's performance in the 1966 World Cup was enough to convince Everton to fork out a then record fee of £110,000 to secure his service. In Goodison Park, he formed a famous midfield called "The Holy Trinity" with Colin Harvey and Howard Kendall. And with Everton, he won his only major club honor - the 1969-70 Football League Championship. A year later, Arsenal manager Bertie Mee paid twice what Everton paid for Ball's signature.
He also appeared in the 1970 World Cup, wearing the number 8 jersey.
Ball went to several clubs including North American ones before returning to Southampton to play alongside former England team-mates Mick Channon and Kevin Keegan.
He's also been in management with several clubs, notably Portsmouth where he guided the Fratton Park team to a promotion.
Ball, whose wife and daughter were both diagoned for cancer, sold his World Cup winning medal and commemorative tournament cap to auction to raise money for his family. They were reportedly sold for £140,000.
And finally on the morning of 25th December 2007, Alan Ball suffered a heart attackat his home in Warsash. He suffered the fatal heart attack while attempting to put out a blaze in his garden that had started when a bonfire on which he had earlier been burning garden waste became rekindled and spread to a nearby fence.
Rest in Peace, Alan Ball MBE

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Yee Piao said...

I am not so good in football history but I know this hero of England, he is the fans' favourite for Player of the Match in the 1966 WC Final. It's just that I don't have too much chance to watch his yesteryears...

Well, to be honest, I only know him when he gets his MBE...

May Ball RIP... Everyone who played in 1966 is a hero...

Yee Piao said...

I think you'll like this...
Alan Ball Video

JitSinexpress said...

Hey Martian Express.... Ermm this message is not related to this post...(the man looks handsome anyway..)/

erm actually i just wanna ask you whether its ok to add all the links of others blogs into JitSinexpress.... Maybe some might not like it but just asking...