Alan James Ball
Born: 12th May 1945, Farnworth, Lancashire
Died: 25th April 2007, Warsash, Hampshire aged 61
Positions whilst with England: Forward &
- The youngest member of the 1966 World Cup Winning team. His first cap was just shy of his 20th birthday whilst a young starlet at Blackpool. He quickly became a England regular and played in four off the games during the 1966 World Cup including the final. The following season he transferred to Everton where he spent five years until 1971 when he set an English record of £220,000 to go to Arsenal. After two spells at Southampton, a return visit to Blackpool (as player/manager) and several years in North America, Ball finally retired in 1983. He had managing spells at Portsmouth, Stoke, Exeter, Southampton, Man City and Portsmouth.
He died of a heart attack on 25th April 2007 whilst trying to put out a fire in his garden in Warsash, Hampshire.
- An English Football Internationals' Who's Who by Douglas Lamming (Hutton Press 1990)
- England's Who's Who by Tony Matthews (Pitch Publishing 2013)