The legendary Alan Ball would have turned 75 years old today so, to mark the occasion, evertonfc.com caught up with his son, Jimmy, to remember the great man.
Ball joined Everton just after his man-of-the-match performance for England in the 1966 World Cup final and he fell instantly in love with the Club.
In the interview below, Jimmy tells us why his dad and the Blues were such a perfect fit and recalls the first time he realised that he was the son of a very special footballer.
He also reveals that Alan was just as competitive off the pitch as he was on it. “Oh yes, at everything,” says Jimmy. “Whatever the sport, he wanted to beat us kids. Towards the end I started beating him at golf and he hated it!”
Jimmy remembers how his dad thoroughly enjoyed the mid-1980s Everton success of his great pals Howard Kendall and Colin Harvey, discusses what his father would have thought of the statue that now honours the three of them outside Goodison Park, and explains why he is certain he would have approved of the appointment of current Toffees manager, Carlo Ancelotti.
And how would Bally have celebrated his 75th birthday?
“Hopefully we'd have been together to have a good time," said Jimmy. "We’d have a game of golf, then we’d go and find a race meeting somewhere and have a laugh. I'm sure that would have been the order of the day."
Listen to a poignant and emotional conversation with Jimmy Ball via the player below or by heading to our official SoundCloud page here.