“Who’s the greatest of them all? Little curly Alan Ball!” was the chant that rang out in honour of one of Everton’s greatest midfielders in the 1960’s and early 70’s who made up the trio named the Holy Trinity with Howard Kendall and Colin Harvey.
Alan Ball transferred from Blackpool in a then record fee between British clubs of Ã‚Â£110,000 just after playing a major part in helping England lift the World Cup at Wembley in 1966.
Still only 21, he joined Everton from under the noses of Leeds United in another astute buy from Harry Catterick as he put together his superb Everton side backed by John Moores.
Ball enjoyed 5 years at Everton, scoring 79 goals in 251 appearances, and was the first player to score a hat-trick in Europe for the club against Keflavik in 1970 after the Blues lifted the league Championship in May that year.
In 1971, he was sold to Arsenal in a move which broke not only the hearts of Evertonians, but of Ball himself.
We managed to catch up with Alan to bring you this exclusive interview in which he talks about his World Cup win and his time at Everton…..