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Alan Ball
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc Although Alan Ball is most commonly remembered for his international achievements, he was also a terrific player at club level. The youngest member of England’s World Cup-winning side joined Arsenal in 1971 and became a fan favourite with his energetic yet skillful displays

Affiliation

Org England National Team
Club as Club Southampton
Club as Player Arsenal FC
  Blackpool FC

2009 06 24 Retrieve

[Alan Ball on Gordon Banks] He would never let anything in. So finally we told him that he was shattering our confidence … At times, Gordon was simply unbeatable

2018 05 21 Retrieve

[Quotes on Matt Le Tissier] He wanted so much responsibility and no one else gave it to him. Not the responsibility where you stick your foot in, but getting the ball in the hard part of the pitch. He was just phenomenal, he was brave. He had the heart of a lion. That was a massive thing that no one knew. He kept Southampton up single-handedly for years

2018 05 22 Retrieve

[Quotes on Matt Le Tissier] Whether you like it or not he is the best player at this club by a million miles. His goals will keep us up. For him to do that he can’t run and tackle because he’s useless at that. Get the ball to him

2018 10 10 Retrieve

[Former Southampton Coach Alan Ball on Matt Le Tissier] This is your best player and your best chance of getting out of trouble. I’m going to put him right in the middle of the pitch, and whenever you have the chance to get the ball to his feet, you have to do it. He will do the rest

2018 12 04 Retrieve

[Alan Ball on Matt Le Tissier commitment on keeping his club secure in the top tier of English football] He wanted so much responsibility and no one else gave it to him. Not the responsibility where you stick your foot in, but getting the ball in the hard part of the pitch. He was just phenomenal, he was brave. He had the heart of a lion. That was a massive thing that no-one knew. He kept Southampton up single-handedly for years

2020 01 22 Retrieve

[on Alf Ramsey] He was a very genuine man. He hated to push any of his achievements down anyone’s throat

2020 01 23 Retrieve

[Alf Ramsey could have been a technical adviser, ambassador or coach, but was pushed into the wilderness] To me, it was the most incredible thing that ever happened in English football