In tribute: Alan Ball, 1945- 2007

1966 World Cup final. Alan Ball, Everton and Arsenal midfielder, was the scrappy, motoring midfielder with his socks down to his ankles, who set up Geoff Hurst’s controversial third goal with a low cross. Alan Ball reminds me of Paul Scholes, red haired, pint sized, and under rated but blessed with great ball skills and tenacity.
Many who paid tribute believe that if it was not for Ball’s unflagging performance, England would not have won the match against W.Germany.
Sir Bobby Charlton, his midfield partner in 1966, said: “He was probably the best player that day and if it had not been for his impact the result could have been totally different.
Sir Geoff Hurst, said “He was the youngest member of the team and man of the match in the 1966 World Cup final.
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One comment on “In tribute: Alan Ball, 1945- 2007
  1. As for “Geoff Hurst’s controversial third goal”; Brian Glanville wrote that W. Germany got their second goal from a free kick that never should have been given to W. Germany, if anything it should have been given to England. This is a nifty way to sidestep that whole argument; if Glanville is correct.
    Alan Ball, the second member of that team to pass on besides of course, Bobby Moore; Rest in Peace.

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