As Alan Ball would have been celebrating his 75th birthday, Everton fans have flocked to pay their respects to the ex-player.
The Lancashire-born former midfielder joined the Merseyside outfit in 1966 and spent five years of his career there before he moved down south to join Arsenal. Ball made 208 league appearances – 249 overall – and scored 78 goals across all competitions (via Toffeeweb).
His arrival from Blackpool cost the club £110,000, which Everton doubled through his move to the Gunners for £220,000.
Everton fans are sending their birthday messages to the star who should have been celebrating a milestone birthday, but sadly Ball passed away from a heart attack in 2007.
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Many Toffees have taken to Twitter to pay their respects to the Goodison icon on his birthday. One supporter has posted that Ball is a “true legend,” before going on to say that he is ‘maybe Everton’s greatest ever player’.
Brilliant Alan Ball 💙
— colin jowett (@JowettColin) May 12, 2020
Happy heavenly birthday to my favourite player the great Alan Ball.💙💙💙💙💙
— Tom Perry (@tomperry51) May 12, 2020
Legend legend legend ❤️❤️❤️
— Greeneye (@blueboy52580433) May 12, 2020
World class my favourite player
— William Bentley (@efywbent) May 12, 2020
the greatest of them all.
— Kev McDempster (@KevMcDempster) May 12, 2020
This man was pure Class & A true Legend, Maybe Everton’s greatest ever player. Coyb
— RAJ (@ChohanRajesh) May 12, 2020
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