Player #1

Appearances:

2

Starts:

1

Goals:

0

Seasons:

1

John Ball
John Ball

Source: 1879-80 Aston Villa Team Portrait.

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John Ball

Position

Goalkeeper

From

1879-80

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John Ball

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Seasons

Age*

22

Division

FAC

Appearances

2
2

Starts

1
2

Substitute

0
0

Unused

0
0

Goals

0
0

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

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John Henry Ball

Birth Date

January 1857

Birth Place

Birmingham, West Midlands

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Arcadians

From

For

Free

On

Unknown

Previous Clubs

Arcadians |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Walsall Town Swifts

For

Free

On

1880

Subsequent Clubs

Walsall Town Swifts |

John Ball
John Ball

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1879-80 Aston Villa, Free, 2 | 0 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Management Committee

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 13 December 1879

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 13 December 1879

Stafford Road (a), FA Cup

DEBUT

First Goal

Did not score

Final Appearance

Saturday, 24 January 1880

Stafford Road (h), FA Cup

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 24 January 1880

Honours

Played for the Villa

Height

Foot

International Team

Not selected

Died

1940, Aged 83

John Ball

Player #1 for Aston Villa, John Henry Ball, known as John Ball was Villa’s first goalkeeper as a professional club. Making his debut in the 1879-80 FA Cup campaign - Villa’s first entry into the competition - he was to concede 2 goals without keeping a clean sheet.

John was born in Birmingham, just 3 miles from the current Villa ground, in 1857 and made his debut as a 22 year old.

Villa had signed him from Arcadians but he was only to appear on two occasions, both in the 1879-80 season.

John played in the era when team selection was made by a Management Committee rather than the latter day more typical Manager role.

John’s final game came on 24 January 1880 just over a month after his debut on 13th December 1879 after which Villa voluntarily withdrew from the competition.

John then moved on to Walsall Town Swifts.

John passed away in Birmingham in 1940 aged 83.