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Alan James Ball MBE (12 May 1945 – 25 April 2007) was an English professional football player 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.


  • Full Name: Alan James Ball
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of Birth: 12.05.1945
  • Birthplace: Farnworth
  • Nation: England
  • Club Career: Arsenal
    • Period: 1971-1976
    • League Games, 177
    • League Goals, 45
  • Previous Club: Everton
    • Transfer Fee: £220.000
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