Revered son of Farnworth and celebrated footballer Alan James Ball born here 12th May 1945 died at April 2007.
Famed for his man-of-the-match performance in England team victory v Germany at Wembley in 1966. His career:
Bolton Wanderer ??? 1960-61,
Blackpool, Everton, Arsenal, Southampton, Bristol Rovers, and other club appearances 1961-83,
745 league appearances,
Also served as coach and player-manager,
Manager Southampton 94, Man City 95, Portsmouth 98-99
Also served Stoke and ???
Crowned with 72 England caps. A wonderful career.
Alan James Ball, Jr., MBE (12 May 1945 – 25 April 2007) was a professional English footballer and football club manager.He was the youngest member of England's 1966 World Cup winning team and played 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.