Former home of legendary footballer Alan Ball for sale - here's a glimpse inside

The Bolton birthplace of footballer Alan Ball - the youngest member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team - will go up for auction this month.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 11:35 am

The two-bedroom semi-detached house in Farnworth, Bolton, has been put up for sale with auctioneer Pugh and will appear in an online sale with a guide price of £69,000.

Born in the house in 1945, a blue plaque on the front of the property funded by the football star’s former clubs, which include Blackpool, Everton, Arsenal, Southampton and Bristol Rovers,

was unveiled in 2008 to celebrate Ball’s Bolton heritage.

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Alan Ball pictured during a Blackpool FC v Gillingham match

Ball, a former Farnworth Grammar School pupil, had trials with Bolton Wanderers as a teenager but was rejected when coaches told him he was too small.

The 5ft 6in midfielder eventually began his career with Blackpool, before being transferred to Everton for a then British record fee of £110,000.

He won a league championship title with the Merseyside club in 1970 and collected 72 England caps during a 10-year international career. He later managed clubs including Southampton

and Manchester City. He died aged 61 on April 25, 2007 at his home in Hook, Fareham, Hampshire.

Footballer Alan Ball was the youngest member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team

The plaque on the front of the house, at 2 Brookhouse Avenue, says that he is famous for his man-of-the-match performance in England's victory against Germany at

Wembley in 1966.

Paul Thompson, managing director of auction house Pugh, said: “It’s a privilege to be auctioning a property with such strong connections to a national and local legend.

"By all accounts Alan Ball was tremendously proud of his Bolton roots and continued to live in the area even when he was a professional.

The two-bedroom semi-detached house in Farnworth

“The blue plaque marks this otherwise ordinary-looking house out as a unique property that is part of England’s football history and whoever the highest bidder is at our auction this month

will be the proud new owner of a very special house.”

Pugh’s next auction, featuring Alan Ball’s Bolton birthplace among land and property lots across the UK, will be held online on March 24.

Registration for the auctions closes at noon on March 22 and bidding opens on March 23.

Alan Ball’s birthplace in Bolton, for sale in Pugh’s online auction this month

To view the full catalogue, go to www.pugh-auctions.com

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Former home of Alan Ball
The auction will be held online on March 24
A blue plaque on the front of the property was funded by the football star’s former clubs
Football legend Alan Ball was born at 2 Brookhouse Avenue