UK time is: 22:15:36
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Obituary: Alan Ball

Although this column is about Birmingham City, it's impossible to ignore today's sad news in the football world.

Most people of a 'certain age' will have their own memories of Alan Ball, probably crowned by his achievement of being a World Cup winner.

As the youngest member of the England squad, he was only 21 on that June day when we held the Jules Rimet trophy for the one and only time.

Alan Ball started his professional career at Blackpool. The son of a player and manager, he made his league debut at the age of 17.

By 1965 he had won his first cap for England and was still a Blackpool until August 1966 when he joined Everton for a then record fee.

He also played for Arsenal and Southampton and like many players, moved on to management, but never found the success he had as a player.

He was a tireless midfielder, covering miles in every game and despite his diminuitive size was utterly fearless.

His passion for the game and his zest for life shone through, even in recent years when he had suffered considerable personal tragedy.

It's shocking that his life has been cut short at a comparatively young age, and Vital Birmingham would like to pass on their condolences to his family and friends.

RIP Alan Ball - Heaven's Eleven just acquired a new player.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 25 2007

Time: 10:06PM

Your Comments

It was a big shock and a sad loss for everyone who knew him.
miked_joker
well put, nice tribute.
The Fear
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Birmingham City Articles

Blog: StAn's Fans 30/07/14 (Wednesday July 30 2014)

Birmingham Sign Celtic Striker (Wednesday July 30 2014)

Birmingham Maintain Winning Ways (Tuesday July 29 2014)

Chucho - Gone but Never Forgotten (Tuesday July 29 2014)

Thomas Pushing to Start (Tuesday July 29 2014)

Johnstone Deal on the Rocks (Monday July 28 2014)

Thomas Happy With Team (Monday July 28 2014)

Archived Birmingham City Articles

List All Vital Birmingham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Birmingham 0 0 0 0 +0 0
2. Blackburn 0 0 0 0 +0 0
3. Blackpool 0 0 0 0 +0 0
4. Bolton 0 0 0 0 +0 0
5. Bournemouth 0 0 0 0 +0 0
6. Brentford 0 0 0 0 +0 0
7. Brighton 0 0 0 0 +0 0

Breaking League News

LUFC Dawson hat-trick in Leeds win
Leeds Utd : 30/07/2014 21:37:00
LUFC Lees set to complete Owls move
Leeds Utd : 30/07/2014 20:48:00
LUFC Leeds end interest in defender
Leeds Utd : 30/07/2014 19:57:00
Blog: StAn's Fans 3-/07/14
Birmingham : 30/07/2014 19:09:00
Birmingham Sign Celtic Striker
Birmingham : 30/07/2014 18:59:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Do Birmingham need another striker?
Suggested By:  
Yes 92%
No 5%
Undecided 3%