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Alan Ball Passes Away

Alan Ball has passed away aged 61.

It's always sad when another person passes on, and even more so when that person was a good one.

I'm not going to be all phony and pretend that I was in tears over the news that Alan Ball had passed away, indeed his Arsenal career ended 2 years before I was even born.

But that is not to say I was not saddened.

There are many readers of this site who know all too well what Ball brought to a team, I mean, you don't become the youngest member of a world cup winning side for nothing.

Ball joined Arsenal in 1971 for a then club record of £200,000 and by all accounts went on to play extremely well for the club before going on to join Southampton some 5 years later.

Alan Ball, best known to me for his carrot top, high pitched voice and a tendency to give comical interviews to the press, endeared himself to most he came into contact with, no more so than Arsenal goalkeeping legend, Bob Wilson.

Bob Wilson recalls, 'Everyone can visualise him with his red hair and squeaky voice which is still there and will always be there.'

'He was such an infectious character, an extraordinary character - his love for the game was amazing. He would argue all the time, love to talk about the game - just an amazing character.'

'He was very combative. If anyone ever heard his after-dinner speech they would realise his passion and how big an influence his dad had been on his career. He would always stand on a chair to add to to his 5ft 6ins to make him bigger and then talk about his passion, how it was instilled from his father.'

'Right up to the 1966 finals - he would ring his dad and tell him he was in the squad - and his dad would say 'that ain't good enough son - I need you in the team'.'

Vital Arsenal would like to express it's deepest sympathies to the Ball family.

Rest in peace Alan.




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 25 2007

Time: 11:43AM

Your Comments

R.I.P Alan Ball and may we remember for a long time
kingdino
Ditto, before my time as an Arsenal player, but I know older members of my crew valued him greatly. In fact, there's some old footage of him scoring a penalty for us in front of the kop in the first minute of the game, you can see two arms jumping up amongst a sea of scousers, one of them belonged to my grandad. RIP Bally.
Little Dutch
I just read this little story about Alan Ball. "One of Alan Balls first games for Arsenal was against his old club Everton at Highbury. Arsenal had a corner and as the ball came across, Brian Labone, the Everton centre back went for the ball until a familiar squeaky voice shouted 'Leave it Brian'. Labone stopped in his tracks leaving Ball to tap it into the net. When Labone realised that Ball was no longer on the same team and had just made a mug of him he chased him all the way back to the halfway line." [Edited by pmust]
Rocky7
R.I.P Alan. That's a fantastic story, Boss. I've never seen any footage of him but I have heard a fair bit about him.
simmy8_2000
I too was not alive while he was a player but my dad often recalls great memories of him in an arsenal shirt. long live his memory as an arsenal legend
Labwam
It always sad when someone who loved the game as much as he clearly did passes away. R.I.P Alan Ball.
iceman10
RIP alan ball. Sad to see his passing, all the time I've been a football fan I've never heard anyone have a bad word to say about the man, so that obviously backs up what everyone says about him being such a good person... »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
I remember a song City fans sang about him to the tune of 'Wonderwall', "and afterall, you're my Alan Ball." Quality.
Little Dutch
He was also before my time but he sounds like a great player and more importantly a great bloke R.I.P
super_gooner
I read his tributes on the arsenal site, and all of them had great things to say abt him. RIP.
prits
Condolences from all at Rotherham Vital
herringthorpe
Didnt see him play but evry time i have seen him on the telly he seemd to be a nice guy. Will be missed by those who loved him...
Goofle
Rest in peace wee man, I never had the chance to see him play, but my father tells me he was a good player.
gunnerb
I just watched the Arsenal Man U match where he scored in about 20 seconds. He was brill!
Goofle
Never heard of him until yesterday
thenry009
Some of the tributes have been made to him over the last few days are really touching. Bobby Charlton couldn't hold back his tears when he was talking about his world cup final apperance in 66.
simmy8_2000
 

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