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Former Coach Alan Ball Dies

England World Cup winner Alan Ball has died after suffering a heart attack.

Ball arived at Layer Road in 1986 as assistant to Manager Jock Wallace, he left a year later to take on a role at Saturdays opponents Stoke City, previously signing a 3 year contract at Layer Road,

Ball an ex-Arsenal and Everton player, also managed Manchester City, Southampton and Portsmouth, was 61.

The marauding midfielder was the youngest member of the country's cup-winning team in 1966.

He earned 72 international caps and scored eight goals during a 10-year England career.

Ball is the second member of the side that beat West Germany 4-2 at Wembley in the 1966 final to pass away.

Captain Bobby Moore died of cancer in 1993.

Ball, a key member of manager Sir Alf Ramsey's 'Wingless Wonders', was awarded an MBE in 2000 for his services to football.

His ex-England team-mate Alan Mullery told Sky News: 'He was a loveable, bouncy character. He loved football and just lived football.'

Ball began his career at Blackpool and went on to play for Everton, Arsenal and Southampton, before a spell playing in America.

He was part of Everton's 1970 league championship-winning side.

Ball made his England debut in May 1965 in a 1-1 draw with Yugoslavia in Belgrade and also appeared in the 1970 World Cup finals in Mexico.

In May 2005, Ball put his World Cup winners' medal and commemorative tournament cap up for auction to raise money for his family. They were sold for 140,000.

Colchester Vital wish to pass on their condolences to his family and friends

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Writer: Deeno Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 25 2007

Time: 2:55PM

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Good retrospect; a loss to footballl, it seems, and so soon after Bobby Cram
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