David Ball (footballer)
Ball playing for Peterborough United in 2012
|Full name||David Michael Ball|
|Date of birth||14 December 1989|
|Place of birth||Whitefield, England|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|2010–2011||→ Swindon Town (loan)||18||(2)|
|2011–2012||→ Rochdale (loan)||14||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:41, 27 December 2016 (UTC).
Ball joined the youth system at Manchester City in 2007, battling back from a foot injury at the end of his teenager years. A star of the youth and reserve sides he scored in the 2008 final of the FA Youth Cup, which City won, and being joint fifth top scorer in the 2008–09 Premier Reserve League and joint second top scorer in the 2009–10 Premier Reserve League.
He was loaned out to League One club Swindon Town in July 2010 for six months, in order to gain first team experience and join the team in their pre-season tour of Austria. This came despite interest from other clubs. He made his league debut on 7 August 2010 in a 2–1 home defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion, but was replaced by Alan O'Brien after sixty minutes for tactical reasons. He signed a permanent deal for Peterborough United on 31 January 2011 for a transfer fee of £50,000.
The first game of the 2011–12 season was against Crystal Palace at home posh went behind but McCann scored to put them level and then David Ball scored to earn Posh three points.
On 31 August Ball joined Rochdale on loan until 1 January 2012. Peterborough recalled Ball after a month of his loan spell at Rochdale.
On 17 January 2012, Uwe Rosler admitted to declaring interest in a striker to boalster his strikers in an attempt to get more goals after Brentford had only scored 31 goals in 26 league games so far in the season. The loan signing was cancelled and Ball appeared for Peterborough in their home match against Brighton on 21 January, scoring in the 72nd minute.
On 23 July 2012, Ball signed for newly promoted League 2 side Fleetwood Town on a three-year deal. He struggled to find form under the management of Micky Mellon but began to perform more consistently after Mellon's sacking, and the appointment of Graham Alexander. In August 2015, Ball signed a new two-year contract with Fleetwood Town.
Ball's partner gave birth to their first son in October 2011. Ball attended Castlebrook High School where his brother Joel Ball also attended, leaving in the class of 2015.
- "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 62. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "Career History". Up The Posh!. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
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- "Swindon 1 – 2 Brighton". BBC Sport. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
- "David Ball: Fleetwood Town striker signs new contract". http://www.bbc.co.uk/. BBC Sport. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 12 November 2015. External link in
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