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    William Henry Ball

    Surname Ball
    Forename(s) William Henry
    Position(s) Wing Half

    5'8"  11st.8lb.
    b.  Toxteth, Liverpool  1875 (baptised 18 July 1875 St John the Baptist Church, Toxteth)
    d. Liverpool  OND 1926


    Debut 9 October 1897  Final Game 28 September 1901
    CAREER: Liverpool South End; Rock Ferry, Blackburn Rovers May'97;Everton May'98;Notts County May'99[65-2];Blackburn Rovers May'01;(Belgium)'01;Manchester United Oct'02-'03[4].

    Playing Statistics

    FL        20 apps      1 og
    LC         4 apps


    Ball was the son of Peter Ball, who checked weighing machines on the market, and Mary Ball who was born in Ireland. A stalwart wing half he made the transition from Rock Ferry to the First Division with ease but the Rovers were in disarray and they allowed him to join Everton. A surfeit of half backs caused him to move on to Notts County where he played well. After indicating he would welcome a return to Ewood he was re-engaged but sprained an ankle in his third game. The club declined to offer him a year's contract until they were sure he was fit and the player declined the offer of a month's trial. He took the unusual step of proving his fitness on the continent before returning to England where Manchester United offered him terms. He served his time as a plumber and continued in this occupation whilst he was playing. After his playing days were over he returned to Liverpool, continuing to work as a plumber.

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