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