Reid To Take Hot Seat For Final Ball Of Fire Performance

Former Everton midfielder, Peter Reid, will be taking part in a live Q&A ahead of the final production of ‘Ball of Fire’ – a play which celebrates the life of Everton Giant Alan Ball.

Reid, who was part of the Everton team that won the FA Cup in 1984, the Football League championship in 1985 and 1987 and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1985, will be talking about his career, lifting the lid on dressing room life in the '80’s and his views on the team of today. There will also be a chance for questions to be taken exclusively from the ‘Ball of Fire’ audience on Sunday 6 August.

‘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 World Cup 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 Theatre Company and playing to a sold-out audience on Friday 4 August at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre, the play finishes its run at The Floral Pavilion in New Brighton on Saturday 5 August and Sunday 6 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.

Ronny Goodlass said: “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 the final tickets for the 5th and 6th August, at the New Brighton Floral Pavilion Theatre, for just £18 by visiting

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