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Alan Ball, Sr.

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Full nameJames Alan Ball Sr.
Date of birth26 September 1924
Date of death2 January 1982(age 57)
Playing positionStriker

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:For the England World Cup winner, see Alan Ball, Jr..

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 Boys Federation, Southport (in two spells), Birmingham City (although he did not play a Football League match for them), Oldham Athletic and Rochdale.

He managed Halifax Town in two separate spells (1967 1970) and (1976 1977), and in-between these he managed Preston North End between 1970 and 1973.

Ball was briefly the manager of Djurgårdens IF Fotboll in 1979, but did not take charge of a senior game for them.

His son, Alan Jr., played in England's 1966 FIFA World Cup winning team and later followed his father into management.

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