Stage Play: Written by Kenny O’Connell
Narrated Poetry: Written by Bobby Parry
Directed by: Margaret Connell
Song: ‘The Ball of Fire’ Written by: Kenny O’Connell & Bobby Parry
Doors open 7pm - John O’Connell pre-show classical guitar performance 7.00 - 7.45
Experience the life and times of the great Alan Ball, beautifully played out through a dramatization that recounts his early struggles on the road to becoming a professional footballer. Ex-Everton legend Ronnie Goodlass poetically narrates the play tracing every step of Alan’s journey; performed by a talented cast that will keep you captivated throughout.
His family have endorsed this play to give Alan’s fans the world over a chance to know the real man within the legend. Intertwined with his private life, this play will touch your heart and soul.
The Ball of Fire stage performance will conclude with two highly-respected Evertonians - namely Ronny Goodlass and Dr David France – whose aptly titled book ‘Everton Crazy’ chronicles his 60 seasons and 2,000,000 miles following Everton - reminiscing about Alan Ball’s career with Everton and England and their friendships with him.
Based in the USA, Dr Everton has written 16 books to tell the Everton story from novel directions, established Gwladys Street’s Hall of Fame to salute the 120 or so men who made the club what it is and organized the most raucous celebrations in the football calendar, formed the EFC Heritage Society to promote the club’s rich history. In 2011, Liverpool’s Freedom of the City Panel awarded him the title of Citizen of Honour for his services to football. He was the first person to receive this specific honour since Bill Shankly. The following year, he received an OBE for his services to football in the United Kingdom and Europe
“From a smitten fan who went on to clean Alan’s boots, then becoming a team mate both in life and of course football” - Ronny Goodlass
“The best player that I have ever played alongside for club and country, so looking forward to this play” - Joe Royle
Ball, my fathe“A fantastic tribute to my godfather Alan Ball, my father Eddie Cavanagh would be so proud" - Alan Ball Cavanagh