Alan Ball was the youngest member of the 1966 World Cup winning team. He scored more than 180 goals in a career spanning over 22 years.
In 1978 Ball began his managerial career with the Philaphelphia Fury in the USA as a manager-coach, then adopting the same role at Blackpool It was in 1984 when his next managerial position, at Portsmouth, was achieved. In 1987 he took Pompey to the top flight.
Following that, Ball became manager at Stoke City, then Exeter City, before becoming part of the England Team set-up under Graham Taylor for the 1992 European Championships.
In January 1994 Ball took up the role of manager at Southampton. At the time the club seemed certain to be relegated, however, the Saints took 10 points from their last 6 games to ensure safety on the last day of the season.
In July 1995 Ball joined Manchester City. Unfortuntely they were relegated at the end of the 1995/96 season. Ball resigned shortly afterwards.
In January 1998 Ball was appointed manager of Portsmouth. He managed to keep Portsmouth in Division One, despite the club undergoing financial difficulties. He retired on 9 December 1999.
Ball died on 25 April 2007.