|Date of birth||26 February 1943|
|Place of birth||Hetton-le-Hole, city of Sunderland, England|
|1963–1982||Queen of the South||579||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Allan Ball (born 26 February 1943) is an English former footballer. Born in Hetton-le-Hole, city of Sunderland, Durham, Ball played as a goalkeeper, spending most of his professional career with Scottish club Queen of the South. Ball made 731 first team appearances for Queens, a club record, between 1963 and 1982. He also briefly played for Bishop Auckland, Stanley United and Gretna, and is now an Honorary Director with the Queen of the South.
As a 15-year-old, Ball deputised four times for Harry Sharratt in Bishop Auckland's goal. He doubled his weekly income from working at South Hetton coal mine as a pit electrician by signing for Stanley United.
Queen of the South player
In 1963 Allan Ball signed for Queen of the South for £100. Ball was signed in the early hours of the morning as he came off his shift. Ball joined Queens playing staff that featured all time goals king of Queens, Jim Patterson, right winger Ernie Hannigan and fellow long servants Iain McChesney and Jim Kerr.
Goalkeeper & manager George Farm dropped himself from the team to give Allan Ball his Queens debut in a 6–3 defeat to Falkirk. Retained for the following midweek match at Celtic, he again played well despite losing.
Allan Ball made 819 Queen of the South appearances, including 507 consecutively, and was only once cautioned. That was by Tiny Wharton, on 25 December. "I'd said something about Jesus Christ," he recalls. "I was booked for blaspheming on Christmas Day."
Ball's performance in the 1975/76 Scottish League Cup quarter-final against Rangers at Ibrox Park helped keep Rangers to a 1–0 defeat. A 2–1 victory for Queens in the second leg at Palmerston meant extra time after an aggregate 2–2 score. Jocky Dempster was one of the Queens scorers. An extra time goal for Rangers saw them through.
In 1980–81 with Allan Ball as goalkeeper Queens were promoted from Division Two. Also in the side were fellow long servant Iain McChesney, Crawford Boyd and Jimmy Robertson and future manager Rowan Alexander.
Allan Ball's long service as Queens last line of defence was rewarded with two testimonials, the first versus Carlisle United in 1971 and the other in 1984 against Manchester City. Danny McGrain, Davie Cooper, Gary Mackay and Rowan Alexander guested for Queens in the game against City.
After Queens Allan Ball played for Gretna.
Ball became a successful motor dealer in Dumfries.
Allan Ball still lives in Dumfries where away from football he plays golf with friend and former 1960s Queens club mate Billy Collings.
Ball commented, "I still get back to Hetton quite a bit but I wouldn't like to leave Dumfries," at the time of Queen of the South's qualification for the 2008 Scottish Cup final. "Right now I'm probably the happiest Sassenach in Scotland."
- "Allan Ball". www.londonhearts.com. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
- Allan Ball profile on "Queens Legends" on the official Queen of the South FC website
- Ex-keeper is happiest Sassenach in Scotland (From The Northern Echo)
- "The Queens" by Iain McCartney on Creedon Publications, 2004
- Pride swells in the beautiful south – Scotland on Sunday