Alan Ball

Alan Ball

English footballer (1945–2007)
Alan Ball

Alan Ball Footballer - Born May 12, 1945 in Farnworth, Lancashire, England, UK

Died April 25, 2007 in Warsash, Hampshire, England, UK (heart attack)

Birth Name Alan James Ball

Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1) Alan Ball was born on May 12, 1945 in Farnworth, Lancashire, England as Alan James Ball. He was married to Janet Lesley Newton. He died on April 25, 2007 in Warsash, Hampshire, England.

Spouse (1) Janet Lesley Newton (21 May 1967 - 16 May 2004) ( her death) ( 3 children)

Trivia (8)


Being the junior member of England's 1966 world cup-winning squad, he became the youngest (latest born) world champion. Succeeding Antônio Wilson Honório AKA Coutinho, though in '70 that status passed to Marco Antônio Feliciano.

Picking up 72 caps (8 goals) for England's football team in total, he was the youngest player of the 1966 England World Cup winning team.

He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honors List for his services to Association Football.

During his professional career, he played for Blackpool (1962-1966, 1980-1981), Everton (1966-1971), Arsenal (1971-1976), Southampton (1976-1978, 1981-1982), Philadelphia Fury (1978-1979), Vancouver Whitecaps (1979-1980), Eastern AA in Hong Kong (1982-1983) and Bristol Rovers (1983-1984), making 975 competitive matches.

As a manager he served Blackpool (1980-1981), Portsmouth (1984-1989, 1998-1999), Exeter City (1991-1994), Southampton (1994-1995) and Manchester City (1995-1996).

His father, Alan Ball Sr., also a football player and coach, died in a car crash in Cyprus (January 1982).

His autobiography "Playing Extra Time" was released in 2004.

Was awarded the MBE in 2000 and introduced into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

Alan James Ball MBE (12 May 1945 – 25 April 2007) was an English professional footballer and manager. He was the youngest member of England's 1966 World Cup winning team and played as a midfielder for various clubs, scoring more than 180 league goals in a career spanning 22 years. His playing career also included a then national record £220,000 transfer from Everton to Arsenal at the end of 1971. After retiring as a player, he had a 15-year career as a manager which included spells in the top flight of English football with Portsmouth, Southampton, and Manchester City.

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Alan Ball was born on Saturday, 12 May 1945 in Farnworth, Lancashire, England, UK. His full name at birth was Alan James Ball. He was best known as a professional football player. Ball's country of citizenship (nationality) was British. He died on Wednesday, 25 April 2007 in Warsash, Hampshire, England, UK at the age of 61. He was 5' 6" (168 cm) tall with an athletic build. He had red hair (color). His zodiac star sign was Taurus.

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Full name at birth
Alan James Ball
Claim to fame
World Cup Winner 1966
Date of birth
12 May 1945
Place of birth
Farnworth, Lancashire, England, UK
Date of death
25 April 2007
61 (age at death)
Place of death
Warsash, Hampshire, England, UK
Cause of death
Heart attack
Blackpool, Everton,,Arsenal & England Footballer
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Alan Ball is known for his role in the TV series Football Focus (2001) as Self.

He is also known for his role in the TV series Soccer AM (1992) as Self.

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