Ted Ballard

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Ted Ballard
Personal information
Full name Edgar Albert Ballard
Date of birth (1920-06-16)16 June 1920
Place of birth Brentford, England
Date of death June 2008 (age 87)
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Full-back
Youth career
Hayes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1943–1946 Brentford 0 (0)
1946–1947 Leyton Orient 26 (1)
1947–1952 Southampton 46 (0)
1952–1953 Leyton Orient 0 (0)
1953–1956 Snowdown Colliery Welfare
Teams managed
1958–1962 Ashford Town
1962–1965 Hastings United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Edgar Albert "Ted" Ballard (16 June 1920 – June 2008) was an English former professional footballer who played as a full-back for Southampton in the late 1940s/early 1950s.

Playing career[edit]

Ballard was born in Brentford and spent the war years working in a munitions factory in Hayes, Middlesex. His birthplace was only 50 yards from Griffin Park and he played a few matches for Brentford's reserves before signing as a professional for Leyton Orient in April 1946. He spent the 1946–47 season playing for Orient in the Third Division South before moving to The Dell in June 1947, with Bill Stroud moving in the opposite direction.[1]

He made his debut for Southampton at home to West Ham United on 31 January 1948, replacing the injured Joe Mallett at centre half. After a run of eight games, he lost his place and spent the next season in the reserves. In 1949–50 and 1950–51 he made occasional starts, covering for Bill Ellerington at right-back and either Bill Rochford or Norman Kirkman at left-back. Unable to make either position his own, he was given a free transfer in August 1952, returning to Leyton Orient, under Alec Stock.

At Orient he failed to break into the first team and in 1953 joined Snowdown Colliery Welfare in the Kent League for three seasons. He then had spells as manager with Ashford Town and Hastings United.

Later career[edit]

He became manager of the Clarence public house in Hastings for a few years before becoming a franchising officer for Green Shield Stamps during the 1970s.[2] He spent his retirement in St Leonards-on-Sea and died in June 2008, one week short of his 88th birthday.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 21. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  2. ^ Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (2003). In That Number - A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology. p. 477. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X. 
  3. ^ "Saints mourn duo". www.saintsfc.co.uk. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2008.