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Alan Ball, Sr.
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Full name James Alan Ball Sr.
Date of birth 26 September 1924(1924-09-26)
Place of birth    England
Date of death    2 January 1982 (aged 57)
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*

1946-1947
1947-1948
1948-1950
1950-1952
1952
Bolton B.F.
Southport
Birmingham City
Southport
Oldham Athletic
Rochdale
   
Teams managed
1967-1970
1970-1973
1976-1977
1979
Halifax Town
Preston North End
Halifax Town
Djurgårdens IF

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

James Alan Ball Sr. (26 September 1924 – 2 January 1982) was an English footballer and manager.

Born in Farnworth, Bolton, Lancashire, Ball played as an inside-forward for Bolton B.F., Southport (46+2 league appearances) (1946-1947), Birmingham City (1947-1948), Southport (41 appearances, 9 goals) (1948-1950), Oldham Athletic (7 appearances, 1 goal) (1950-1952) and Rochdale (5 appearances, one goal) (1952).

He managed Halifax Town (1967-1970) and (1976-1977), Preston North End (1970-1973) and Djurgårdens IF (1979).

At the time of his death in a car crash, aged 57, he was working as a football coach in Cyprus. The taxi driver responsible for the crash was given a one-year driving ban, while Ball's widow, Violet, was granted £25,000 in compensation. Their son, Alan Jr., played in England's 1966 FIFA World Cup winning team and followed his father into management in a career spanning from 1984 until 1999, dying in 2007 aged 61.

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