Can anyone tell me were I can get a pair of signed Alan Ball white boots?
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2 Posted 11/07/2016 at 19:30:00
Any relation btw?
3 Posted 11/07/2016 at 19:58:25
I seem to remember Bally found the Hummels not to his liking and took to wearing a different brand, painting them white.
4 Posted 11/07/2016 at 20:07:14
5 Posted 11/07/2016 at 20:33:44
"Please note these boots are replicas and not match worn and the signatures inside the boots are printed not hand signed."
Not sure that would have passed muster with the good Dr David France! I think I'll just make do with the photograph.
7 Posted 12/07/2016 at 04:44:25
It was the boots or Charlie George's signed picture. I paid a fortune for them at the time – 30 quid.
8 Posted 12/07/2016 at 08:31:30
I remember they had a telephone dial stud arrangement that was supposed to help you turn quickly except they seemed to twist my ankle every time I tried it. Maybe the groundsman wasn't putting enough water on the wasteland near our house ...
9 Posted 12/07/2016 at 11:32:36
About 35 years later, like you, I learned that Alan had problems with the boots but was contracted to wear them. However, he overcame the problem by painting/modifying a different brand to look like Hummel. Not sure if the story is true – but would like to think it was.
When Alan left for Arsenal – and after I'd stopped crying – I later switched to Adidas Beckenbauer (green stripes) . Great boots but made no difference to my game.
10 Posted 12/07/2016 at 14:20:59
11 Posted 12/07/2016 at 17:02:56
He did not stipulate that they had to be genuine!!
12 Posted 13/07/2016 at 03:12:52
I recall that a lot of kids would get new football jerseys & gear for Christmas and meet up in the park in the afternoon to show off and compare their new gear. There was a lot of variety in the teams supported in those days in Dublin which reflected the more open nature of the league I guess.
Anyway, sometime afterwards I left my boots in a bag on the bus on the way back from training. I tried to get them back from lost property (some hope!) but no luck. I was shattered and bricking it about what my Dad would say... In those days, they were a big purchase and money was scarce.
I didn't get a clattering but he did get me a replacement pair of Blackthorn boots. Possibly the ugliest pair of boots I have ever seen and a constant reminder of my youthful folly, every time I put them on. So, maybe a better punishment.
Anyway, I always think that this set the tone for my bitter-sweet relationship with Everton ever since.
13 Posted 13/07/2016 at 17:18:21
14 Posted 13/07/2016 at 17:38:31
Anyway, Bally shut the window, the bus drove off and he left with my book. I guess that Bally was a secret fan of the unsung and much derided Mullery.
15 Posted 13/07/2016 at 18:07:53
The studs were circular pieces of leather laminated together with three or four nails knocked through them and into the boot sole. You could do some damage with those. And when you think of the skill some fifties and earlier wingers showed wearing those things...
When black boots first appeared, we called them "Continental" boots, don't know if anyone else did, and Charles Buchan Football Monthly magazine carried adverts of various makes, many of which are lost in time. I've got a copy from September 67 in front of me and here are some names:
"Chaussures OURS " a French company, starting at £3.3s.6d up to £6.15s.0d. on the Historic inflation calculation site £6 in 1967 is £100 today... Mitre boots, Lawrence Soccer Boots, Concord boots, Hungaria, another French make, Stuburt, Ludorum, Simlam, Toomer Continental, Dasco, as well as Puma and Adidas. These are the actual names that are painted on the sides of the boots.
If anyone has an old copy of the Charles Buchan magazines I'm sure they'd see the same adverts, as well as one for a BSA Bantam motor bike, air rifles and the School Of Physical Culture and Health who are offering a "New Body for 20s!"
I wonder if that offer still stands....
16 Posted 14/07/2016 at 07:44:44
Not that I dwell on these things....
17 Posted 14/07/2016 at 09:35:59
18 Posted 14/07/2016 at 09:43:43
I played for Old Wallaseyans in the Liverpool Old Boys league. Is it still going?
I could pass accurately score goals but couldn't dribble to save my life. So I relied on the accurate passing!
19 Posted 14/07/2016 at 10:26:35
20 Posted 14/07/2016 at 11:05:18
Stylo Matchmakers, with side-lacing & autographed by George Best were probably the most cringeworthy boots I owned.
I remember a lad in school wearing a revolutionary pair of boots called Power Points. They had numbers on the toe, heel & instep to help you decide which part of the foot to use when kicking the ball. We should get some for Rom.
21 Posted 14/07/2016 at 11:24:26
One of these I think was a brand called 'Top Dog'. They looked terrible, but a few lads in my year at St Oswald's (Old Swan) had them – one I think being David Higgins – so they didn't stop him going on to enjoy a long career with Tranmere.
(Dave, if you are reading this and I have wrongly 'outed' you for wearing Top Dogs – please accept my apologies. It may have been Billy Roberts, John Green or Vinny Mangan – but it was 45 years ago!)
22 Posted 14/07/2016 at 12:37:04
Neil, correct! Has there ever been a worse pair of boots* than the Power Points? If you needed your boots to remind you of what part of the boot to kick the ball with maybe you should take up another sport...
* apart from the "one pink, one baby blue" pairs that GROWN MEN are wearing these days....
23 Posted 14/07/2016 at 13:12:19
24 Posted 14/07/2016 at 22:56:50
25 Posted 15/07/2016 at 09:06:51
Those boots had been loaned to EFC for all to appreciate by myself and I was delighted to see they were the prominent part of Goodison's tribute to Alan Ball that day. They're now back in my house!
I also have the full history of why and when Alan Ball chose to wear the white Hummel boots. The occasion was the 1970 Charity Shield when Everton beat Chelsea 2-1.
On that day, Hummel didn't have any white boots but they sprayed Alan's Adidas boots white as a marketing / promotion idea.
The match commentator, Kenneth Wolstenholme, commented several times on these 'new innovative white boots' and together with several TV camera close-up shots of Ball's boots 'the white boot idea' was a sensation.
The Monday after the game, the Hummel sales line was buzzing with 12,000 pairs of white boots sold, doubling Hummels previous entire sales quota of 5,000 in one morning.
Hummel soon improved the quality of their boots and continued to supply the white boots for Alan Ball to dazzle his skills wherever he played football.
26 Posted 15/07/2016 at 10:10:29
Sitting in a chip shop outside Melbourne waiting for my order (Aussie chippies take hours to fry a few potatoes) and suddenly I'm transported back to West Derby in 1968.
Great memories of surely a better, kinder time.
27 Posted 15/07/2016 at 13:52:46
I presume as he no doubt went through them at a rate of knots, there were quite a few pairs knocking around, but still quite an achievement to get and keep a pair.
28 Posted 15/07/2016 at 15:11:15
Sorry, Jimmy, for all I have said about you now I know your missing that header with Bally behind you was not your fault, it was your boots, stopped you getting off the ground.
Jimmy was one of my favourite players at that time, very fast on the ball with a great eye for goal (when the ball was on the ground).
29 Posted 15/07/2016 at 15:14:27
30 Posted 15/07/2016 at 16:10:04
Graham, the Charity Game v Chelsea brings back some memories, but sadly not of the match. My mate had a MK2 Cortina GT and we were going down to watch the game, leaving his house in Haydock early on the Saturday morning. We did the usual scarves out of the window thing and attached a pennant to the roof aerial and set of. When we got on the motorway, and Alan had the heaviest right foot of anyone this side of James Hunt, we started to hear a "grunching" noise, the faster we went the louder it got. Reluctantly we turned for home thinking we had a gearbox or transmission problem. The noise stopped, but started up again as we accelerated. So we abandoned our plans and went on the lash in Haydock for the night. He took the car to his mates garage and after inspection turned out to be the pennant making the aerial reverberate against the roof metal with the wind rush which was making the noise.....pissed off or what?
Incidentally , all the players were English save for Paddy Mulligan the ROI player.
31 Posted 15/07/2016 at 17:18:37
So Charlie Cooke did not play?
32 Posted 15/07/2016 at 17:27:13
33 Posted 15/07/2016 at 18:02:14
Bonetti, Webb, Harris, Hollins, Mulligan, Hinton, Weller, Hudson, Osgood, Hutchinson, Houseman.
West, Wright, Newton, Kendall, Labone, Harvey, Husband, Ball, Royle, Hurst, Whittle.
34 Posted 15/07/2016 at 18:31:53
Thanks for the team sheet. With Peter Bonetti mentioned, I went down to London in 1970 to visit a mate who was a Chelsea fan. We went to see the match at the Bridge versus Stoke City.
What was unusual with that game was the two captains were Goalkeepers. Gordon Banks for Stoke and Bonetti for Chelsea. It was very rare in that era, Banks was Stoke's skipper and Bonetti reached a Milestone in Chelsea's colours. A good quiz question in the local.
A pity Banksy got injured in the Mexico World Cup before the West Germany match.
35 Posted 15/07/2016 at 18:41:04
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37 Posted 17/07/2016 at 06:31:22
38 Posted 21/07/2016 at 17:01:23
39 Posted 25/07/2016 at 08:10:04
40 Posted 02/11/2016 at 21:30:19
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