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Allan Ball (Queen of the South)

 



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Allan Ball, was a goalkeeper, amassed 731 outings for Queens between 1963 and 1982 and was appointed an honorary director of the club in 2001 - a position he held until his death on Saturday. Allan was 75.


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Allan Ball

born 26th February 1943 Hetton le Hole, Tyne & Wear
died Saturday 21st July 2018, aged 75

Goalkeeper

Durham Schools
Bishop Auckland
Stanley United
19631982 Queen of the South 579 league apps (plus 152 cup & 88 others)
Gretna
Dalbeattie Star

Ball played outfield as an inside left as a youngster before he took over in goal when the Durham Schools goalkeeper, (future Sunderland F.A. Cup winner Jimmy Montgomery), was injured during a match.

As a 15 year old Ball deputised four times for England amateur international Harry Sharratt at Bishop Auckland.

Ball doubled his weekly income from working at South Hetton in the coal mine as a pit electrician by signing for Stanley United.

In 1963, Ball signed for Queen of the South for 100. Ball was signed in the early hours of the morning after finishing his shift down the coal mine.

Goalkeeper and player manager George Farm promptly dropped himself to give Allan Ball his debut on 14th December 1963 in a 3-6 home defeat by Falkirk.

Allan Ball made 819 Queen of the South appearances, including 507 matches consecutively.

In 198081 the club were promoted to the First Division.

Ball's long service was rewarded with two testimonials, versus Carlisle United in 1971 and in 1984 versus Manchester City.

Ball went on to be a successful car dealer in Dumfries.

On 11th December 2001, Queen's made Ball an honorary director of the club.


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