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RIP Alan Ball

Former Southampton player and manager Alan Ball has died aged 61.

Ball who was also part of the England World Cup Winning team of 1966 died of a heart attack.

Sir Geoff Hurst told the BBC: 'He was the youngest member of the team and man of the match in the 1966 World Cup final.

'Socially he was always a good laugh and the 1966 team mixed a lot after then.'

'We are all totally devastated.'

Lawrie McMenemy added: 'He was my guest at St Mary's on Saturday and I should have been playing golf with him this morning.'

'We were very, very good friends.

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Date:Wednesday April 25 2007

Time: 9:08AM

Your Comments

RIP Alan, you were a great servant for this club and always spoke sense on Radio Solent, you'll be sorely missed.
Giddyred
R.I.P Alan... a True legend
Saintmike
R.I.P Alan Ball gone but not forgotten
mightyowl
Terrible news R.I.P
Archer
Very sad news, condolences from AFC Bournemouth
DJ
RIP Alan. Too young to go at 61. Condolences from Stockport County FC
cropped
A great footballing guy and a legend for his achievements back in '66...with deepest sympathy from all at Vital Hull...
ernshaw
To a footballing legend R.I.P.From Vital Southend.
Ed Junior
true legend. RIP
the_saints_sfc
Very sad news. Another great character bites the dust. RIP
bmb
Great person from the comments I've heard of him. Seemed to have a passion for his country, many of the current crop lack. RIP Alan Ball.
Tierney
RIP Bally. Fond memories of the last game of the season back in 93/94 when we were away to West Ham, you saved us from relegation and the theme of the day - 'ginger wigs and sqeaky toys' in ode to you. And of course for tactics of all the managers in those times - 'Give it to Matt'. You'll be sorely missed.
Saintj81
A man that managed to bridge the blue/red divide and still be loved by supporters from both sides. R.I.P. Alan.
pompey4me
He is a loss to Colchester too, having been assistant manager. So soon after Bobby Cram, who died last week
Matt_Us
condolences from all at Vital Chelsea.
merlin
will be missed sorely from both ends of the M27, not many have acheived that
paultsmouth
 

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