Former Everton star Ronny Goodlass is will have a DVD on sale at St Luke's Church and the Winslow every home game. The DVD pays tribute to one of the Club's most iconic legends, Alan Ball.
Along with the DVD is a special tribute programme for the Ball of Fire play, both on sale for a special price of £9.99 instead of £12.99. Ronny will at St Luke's to autograph the items.
Winger Goodlass was a boot boy for Ball in his youth and came to be in awe of the man who scored 79 goals in 251 games during a dazzling five-year spell at Goodison Park.
The DVD re-lives all the best Ball moments through his own words and those of the men who knew him best.
An in-depth interview with Ball himself, recorded shortly before his untimely death in 2007, sheds further light on his career, his life and his thoughts on the game, while clips of some of his after-dinner speeches will leave you captivated and inspired.
"Alan’s children, Mandy, Keely and Jimmy, are delighted with the DVD,” said Goodlass. “For me, it's the best motivational film I've seen. Bally talks about his career, his family and his values in life but it also gives you an idea of his sense of humour and why he was one of the best players in the world. And Pele said that, so that's some endorsement.
"It's been a labour of love for me because I joined Everton in 1969 and cleaned his white boots. To end up playing for Everton and for him to become a friend was a real honour and I hope Evertonians and fans of all teams will love this DVD.”
The perfect Christmas gift 'Alan Ball Remembered' is a DVD every Blue will want to add to their collection.
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1 Posted 27/10/2016 at 12:56:17
2 Posted 27/10/2016 at 14:27:49
If we could find a couple of players now with a quarter of his ability and desire, we'd be laughing.
3 Posted 27/10/2016 at 15:46:19
The Searchers were all Blues as well, I believe.
4 Posted 27/10/2016 at 18:00:03
Is the greatest of them all
To the tune of the Beatles song, only Gladwys St did it better than the Beatles obviously.
5 Posted 27/10/2016 at 18:03:51
6 Posted 27/10/2016 at 19:08:54
Not too clever on copying from YouTube, hope this works - it's the theme tune to 60s TV programme "Cannonball".
7 Posted 27/10/2016 at 19:29:58
I run Yellow House and we run Ronny's FB and Website and I am a regular poster on TW. Lovely bit of history and nostalgia. Worth it.
8 Posted 27/10/2016 at 20:28:32
9 Posted 27/10/2016 at 20:41:38
I know one of them was as I sat next to him at the 1969 FA Cup Semi-Final. He was a really nice guy, but bought me a cup of Bovril at half-time which, combined with Tommy Booth's last minute winner, made it a grim second half!
10 Posted 27/10/2016 at 21:29:21
I met him at a function a couple of years before he died and had a good half-hour chat with him before the dinner and his subsequent speech. A reserved man until he sussed you out, then very entertaining and his speech was marvellously inspirational.
He brought the house down at the start when, realising he could not be seen too well by those on the more distant tables, he jumped onto a chair and did the whole 40 minutes standing on it!
My most cherished football memory ever together was a 30-yard rocket he put past Newcastle at Goodison around 1969.
There will never be another Alan Ball crease-head was not fit to be on the same pitch as him!
11 Posted 27/10/2016 at 21:58:54
We've got Alan Ball, we've got Alan Ball
To Knees Up Mother Brown...A Freddie Armstrong classic
12 Posted 28/10/2016 at 19:30:56
I know the tune but can't relate it to a pop song.
13 Posted 29/10/2016 at 15:06:18
I don't suppose that was to needles and pins was it?
14 Posted 30/10/2016 at 23:02:17
I had the Typhoo Tea picture of Bally framed on top of our telly for about three years. The day he got transferred was a 'Kennedy' moment for Evertonians of a certain vintage. A privilege to see him play, as I started going regularly in 1966 the year he joined us.
15 Posted 30/10/2016 at 23:29:46
16 Posted 31/10/2016 at 01:42:47
17 Posted 31/10/2016 at 01:56:59
Alan Ball being sold was the back page headline and, like other posters of a similar age here, it remains the most heartbreaking day in all my time as an Evertonian. Only that Clive Thomas decision comes close to being as inexplicable or impossible to reconcile. I was numb with disappointment for months. Bally was Everton.
* That works out at the equivalent of 30p per game, for 21 home league matches in addition to which all FA Cup and League Cup games were free, as was every reserve game, which in those days were all played at Goodison Park.
18 Posted 31/10/2016 at 08:58:29
19 Posted 31/10/2016 at 11:12:11
Surely no Evertonian will forget his goal against the RS, one of his first for the club, I think, to knock them out of the FA Cup. Saturday night and a special first night printed edition of the Pink to read on the way home.
20 Posted 31/10/2016 at 11:51:33
21 Posted 31/10/2016 at 12:17:31
22 Posted 31/10/2016 at 13:39:59
23 Posted 31/10/2016 at 17:05:45
Nevertheless it was a great night when we beat Liverpool on a Saturday night, unfortunately we got knocked out in the next round 3-2 at Nottm Forest in a game where Alex Young was on the field but never played.
24 Posted 31/10/2016 at 20:29:45
Alan always said his greatest goal was the winner in the cup against RS because of the occasion. He loved playing against them and Tommy Smith held no fears for him he just relished the challenge... all 5ft-6in of him.
25 Posted 31/10/2016 at 21:36:59
My memory is a bit dodgy these days but I think we may have gone 2 up before getting mugged there.
I do remember Ray Wilson kicking the ball into the crowd in disgust, at the final whistle.
Storey-Moore, who later played for Man Utd from memory, may also have been involved in a sending off for Roy Vernon some seasons earlier.
26 Posted 31/10/2016 at 22:16:23
I reckon I saw every game that season home and away so obviously saw all his goals.
He played 41 League games missing Burnley at home after being subbed at Stoke 3 days before... and played in all our FA Cup games, 3rd round to the 6th round.
Dave (#24), Jimmy Husband did score our 2 goals at Forest.
27 Posted 31/10/2016 at 22:37:54
We drove home in silence, absolutely gutted.
28 Posted 31/10/2016 at 23:54:13
29 Posted 01/11/2016 at 00:55:31
I was in Tom McCardle's club, in Temple Court just off Dale Street, on a Thursday night after being to the Liverpool Stadium to watch the boxing, when Alan Ball came in with Howard Kendall, not long after Howard had jolted us from Preston.
Howard was like a choir boy nursing a couple of glasses of lager all the time he was in there. Alan was having a bit of banter with Blues and Reds when one of the Reds said to him, "Smithy will see to you on Saturday" Alan pointed to his bum and said to the red nose, "That's all Smithy will see of me on Saturday." Dave, you are right: Smithy didn't bother Alan Ball he was frightened of no-one and relished playing against any player; the better the player, the more it brought out the fighter in Alan. I wish we had someone now who had the bottle, heart and the will to win that he had.
30 Posted 01/11/2016 at 13:41:11
33 Posted 01/11/2016 at 19:50:23
I can't get excited when people talk about Beckham, Scoles, Gerrard, Keane, Viera, Zidane etc because none of them came even close to Alan. The only player anywhere near him apart from Colin Harvey (he had the skill etc but didn't dominate on his own) was that nasty little Scot from Leeds – Billy Bremner – but he needed Giles by his side to be most effective whereas Alan could do it all on his own.
Getting misty-eyed now!
34 Posted 01/11/2016 at 21:09:05
Dave @29: Regarding Tommy Smith, I recall Duncan McKenzie, in the semi-final against Liverpool (where we were robbed of that Hamilton goal) trapping the ball, on the half-way line, from a goal-kick, flicking it over his head, with Smith marking him, turning, whilst keeping control of the ball, and leaving Smith for dead.
It was brilliant, made Smith look stupid.
36 Posted 01/11/2016 at 23:49:48
One great player can make a huge difference to a team and a football club.
Where can we find a midfielder to go with our current crop of very talented players with theses attributes:
He had it all.
If there is such a player out there, we should sell the farm to get him.
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