RIP: Alan Ball

Tragic news today as England World Cup star Alan Ball died outside his home in England after suffering a heart attack trying to put out a garden fire in his backyard.

Ball, the red-haired dimunitive England midfielder, played 975 matches in his career and even played in the NASL in the late 70s for Vancouver Whitecaps and the Philadelphia Fury.

In his management career, I have fond memories of his time at Portsmouth, Southampton and Manchester City, where he had a mixture of success and failure.

Here’s a video compilation of some of his goals when he played for Arsenal in the seventies:

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