The life and career of Everton great, Alan Ball, is being celebrated in a new play coming to theatres across Merseyside.
‘Ball of Fire’ charts the rise of Alan Ball who, in his 61 years, became a World Cup winner and Everton legend – playing 975 matches in 21 years for seven clubs, before managing six himself.
Ball signed for Everton in 1966 after his England success, in the most expensive transfer of its time. He would later become part of the celebrated Holy Trinity of Kendall, Harvey and Ball – playing 251 games and scoring 79 goals for the Blues. He was also part of the 1969/70 league-winning team.
The production features ex-Everton winger, Ronny Goodlass, in the role of narrator and fan favourite Michael Cullen, aka Speedo Mick, as the well-known Toffee, Eddie Cavanagh.
Produced by Blue Park Company and coming to Liverpool on Friday 4 August, the play gives audiences a chance to experience what life was like performing on football’s world stage, 10 years after Ball sadly passed away from a heart attack.
David Prentice, Liverpool Echo Sports Editor, said: “Ball Of Fire is an unmissable play for Everton and England fans alike, as it provides a great insight into the life and times of a true footballing legend.”
Ronny Goodlass added: “Alan was a footballing dynamo who terrorised the world’s best defences and his success spanned both domestic and international triumphs.
“We’re really looking forward to giving audiences the chance to understand Bally for themselves and celebrate a life which truly shaped this country’s footballing history. We hope that Everton fans can join us on the journey!”
Theatre and football fans alike can get their hands-on tickets for just £18 by visiting www.blueparktheatrecompany.co.uk.
Showings also include: The Atkinson Theatre, Southport (29 July), St. Helens Theatre Royal (3 August), Epstein Theatre Liverpool (4 August) and New Brighton Floral Pavilion Theatre (5/6 August).