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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 April 2007, 09:40 GMT 10:40 UK
Alan Ball's life in pictures

England after a World Cup warm-up game. Back: Ray Wilson, Jimmy Greaves, Peter Bonetti, Nobby Stiles, Bobby Moore. Front: Alan Ball, Jacky Charlton, George Eastham, Geoff Hurst, George Cohen

Born in Lancashire in 1945, midfielder Alan Ball is just 21 at the 1966 World Cup, the youngest player in the England side

Ball (front left) and team-mates hoist team captain Bobby Moore aloft after winning the World Cup

The team beat Germany 4-2 to claim an historic win and lift the Jules Rimet trophy in front of the Wembley crowd

Everton players Alan Ball, Jimmy Husband and Joe Royle run onto the pitch

Having started his career at Blackpool, Ball joins Everton after the World Cup, and wins the league title with them in 1970

Bertie Mee welcomes Alan Ball to Arsenal

Arsenal manager Bertie Mee brings 26-year-old Ball to Highbury for a record fee of 220,000 in December 1971

Alan Ball shouts to the fans at Southampton

After five years with the Gunners, Ball moves to Southampton in 1976, helping the Saints back to the First Division in 1978

Alan Ball watches a Division Two match against Charlton Athletic at Fratton Park in 1985

Ball enjoys great success as manager at Portsmouth between 1984 and 1989, including promotion to the top flight in 1987

Alan Ball walks off the pitch in front of Kenny Dalglish after his Southampton side beat Blackburn in April 1994

Southampton are in the drop zone when Ball returns in early 1994; he is hailed a hero after steering them to safety

Ball during his reign at Maine Road

He brings his passion for the game to Man City in 1995, but the club go down and he leaves at the end of the season

Alan Ball looks on at a Portsmouth game in January 1999

Ball is tempted back to Portsmouth in January 1998, and duly delivers final-day safety for the cash-strapped side

Alan Ball MBE is honoured at Buckingham Palace

In 2000 he receives the MBE, but the world of football is saddened by his death seven years later at the age of 61

Alan Ball's World Cup medal, whcih he sold in 2005 to raise money for his family

Tributes pour in for a man whose name will always be associated with England's most famous sporting victory



SEE ALSO
World Cup winner Ball dies at 61
25 Apr 07 |  Football
Alan Ball remembered
25 Apr 07 |  Football


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