The PFA is proud to support the Remembering Bally benefit match in remembrance of England and Everton great Alan Ball, taking place on Saturday 7th October 1017 at Goodison Park.
An “Alan Ball All-Stars XI”, managed by Everton legends Andy Gray and Peter Reid, will be supported by former Blues manager Joe Royle and ex-toffees striker Kevin Campbell.
They’ll be taking on a Premier League XI with Harry Redknapp at the helm, assisted by ex-Southampton manager Lawrie McMenemy, with support from Southampton legend Matt le Tissier.
The match will be kicked off by Sir Geoff Hurst and Colin Harvey. Lee Carsley, James Beattie, Peter Crouch, Francis Jeffers, and Danny Cadamarteri have all confirmed they will play, and many more stars will be announced over the next couple of weeks.
On the evening of 6th October, the night before the Remembering Bally benefit match, a gala dinner will held at Liverpool’s Crowne Plaza on Friday 6 October, where guests will be treated to a three course meal, entertainment from ex-players and celebrities plus a chance to re-live Alan Ball’s final after dinner speech.
This year marks 10 years since Ball’s passing and his children, Mandy, Keely and Jimmy, have been involved in organising a series of events to honour their father and give football fans across the country the opportunity to pay tribute to a legend of English football.
The net proceeds from the testimonial match and gala dinner will be going towards charities in four cities where Alan Ball was fondly remembered. These include Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, The Countess Mountbatten Hospice in Southampton, The Oakley Waterman Foundation in Portsmouth and The Willow Foundation north of London in Hertfordshire. Funds will also be distributed amongst the families of the England ‘66 World Cup squad, including Alan’s family.
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