Special Plaque To Be Made Presented To World Cup Winner's Family
Alan Ball’s 1966 World Cup success with England, while playing for Blackpool, will receive extra recognition at Bloomfield Road on Saturday, as his family and the club receive a Walk of Fame plaque from the National Football Museum.
The commemorative memento, recognising Ball’s achievement when with the club where he made his name, follows on from the launch of the world’s first Football Walk of Fame at the National Football Museum, in association with YouAreTheRef.com, back in June, where the boys of ’66 were among the first inductees to be honoured on a walkway outside.
World renowned iconic sports artist Paul Trevillion is the man behind the plaque artwork and he will be in attendance at Blackpool’s match with Newport County to present a club version to Alan’s daughters, Keely and Mandy.
Ball, who sadly passed away in 2007, first played for Blackpool as a 17-year-old in 1962 and went on to make a further 115 league appearances in tangerine, prior to joining Everton in August 1966.
He returned to Blackpool for a brief player-manager spell in 1980 and remains one of the club's iconic stars.
His Walk of Fame plaque will be displayed at Bloomfield Road alongside his commemorative portrait.
A special retro programme cover, featuring Alan Ball, has also been produced for Saturday to mark the occasion.