The life and career of Everton Giant, Alan Ball, is being celebrated in a new play coming to theatres across Merseyside.
‘Ball of Fire' charts the rise of Alan Ball who, in his short 61-years, became a World Cup winner and Everton legend — playing 975 matches in 21 years for seven clubs, before managing six himself.
Ball signed for Everton in 1966 after his England success, in the most expensive transfer of its time. He settled into the celebrated Holy Trinity of Kendall, Harvey and Ball — playing 208 league games and scoring 66 goals for the Blues, he was also part of the 1969-70 league winning team.
The production features ex-Everton winger, Ronny Goodlass, in the role of narrator and fan favourite Michael Cullen, aka Speedo Mick, as the well-known Toffee, Eddie Cavanagh.
Produced by Blue Park Company and coming to Liverpool on Friday 4 August, the play gives audiences a chance to experience what life was like performing on football's world stage, 10 years after Ball sadly passed away from a heart-attack.
David Prentice, Liverpool Echo Sports Editor, said: “Ball of fire is an unmissable play for Everton and England fans alike, as it provides a great insight into the life and times of a true footballing legend.”
Ronny Goodlass added: “Alan was a footballing dynamo who terrorised the world's best defences and his success spanned both domestic and international triumphs.
“We're really looking forward to giving audiences the chance to understand Bally for themselves and celebrate a life which truly shaped this country's footballing history. We hope that Everton fans can join us on the journey!”
Theatre and football fans alike can get their hands-on tickets for just £18 by visiting www.blueparktheatrecompany.co.uk. Showings also include: The Atkinson Theatre, Southport (29 July), St. Helens Theatre Royal (3 August), Epstein Theatre Liverpool (4 August) and New Brighton Floral Pavilion Theatre (5/6 August).
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1 Posted 30/03/2017 at 05:13:15
2 Posted 30/03/2017 at 15:29:28
I think Alan Ball's son might have been used in some capacity. It is part play and also uses film action of Alan as a player, which will be great for those fans who where unlucky not to see him.
3 Posted 30/03/2017 at 16:18:14
Not really a play goer but will pay a visit to watch this.
4 Posted 31/03/2017 at 10:19:48
5 Posted 02/04/2017 at 16:51:49
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