Alan Ball, Sr.

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Alan Ball, Sr.
Personal information
Full name James Alan Ball Sr.
Date of birth (1924-09-26)26 September 1924
Place of birth Farnworth, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Date of death 2 January 1982(1982-01-02) (aged 57)
Place of death Cyprus
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Bolton B.F.
1946–1947 Southport 2 (0)
1947–1948 Birmingham City 0 (0)
1948–1950 Southport 41 (9)
1950–1952 Oldham Athletic 7 (1)
1952 Rochdale 5 (1)
Teams managed
1967–1970 Halifax Town
1970–1973 Preston North End
1973–1975 Southport
1974 IF Saab
1975 IK Sirius
1976–1977 Halifax Town
1979 Djurgårdens IF
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

James Alan Ball Sr. (26 September 1924[1] – 2 January 1982) was an English footballer and manager.

Born in Farnworth, Lancashire,[1] 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.[1]

He managed Halifax Town in two separate spells (1967–1970) and (1976–1977),[2] and in-between these he managed Preston North End between 1970 and 1973[3] and Southport, IF Saab and IK Sirius.[4]

Ball managed Djurgårdens IF Fotboll in 1979.[5]

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

He was killed in a car crash in Cyprus at the start of 1982, aged 57.