Bolton birthplace of legendary England footballer Alan Ball goes up for auction


Written by: Paul Thompson on 10th March 2021

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Bolton birthplace of legendary England footballer Alan Ball goes up for auction

A two‐bedroom semi‐detached house in Farnworth, Bolton, that was the birthplace of Alan Ball, the youngest member of England’s 1966 World Cup‐winning team, has been put up for sale with auction later this month 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 soccer 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.

The plaque on the front of the house, at 2 Brookhouse Avenue in Farnworth, 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 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.”

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic last March, Pugh has sold lots totalling over £40m at its auctions, which have been held online.

Our next online auction, featuring Alan Ball’s Bolton birthplace among land and property lots across the UK, will be held online on 24 March. Registration for the auctions closes at 12pm on 22 March and bidding opens on 23 March.

To view the full catalogue, click here.



Written by: Paul Thompson on 10th March 2021

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Paul is a Chartered Surveyor and member of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA). He is also one of the few auctioneers in the country with a position on the RICS Real Estate Auction Committee.

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