Special TW Steel Watch Auctioned at Alan Ball Tribute Night


A unique TW Steel watch was auctioned at a tribute night for Everton FC legend Alan Ball.

Ball was the youngest member of England's 1966 World Cup winning team and played for a number of football clubs, including Everton and Arsenal. He scored more than 180 league goals in his 22-year career, and is fondly remembered by football supporters. He passed away in April 2007 aged 61.

Former Everton winger Ronny Goodlass organised the Alan Ball Tribute Night in early May 2012 to celebrate Ball's life and talents. Tickets to the event were sold to raise money for Health Through Sport - Goodlass' charity that delivers football coaching to vulnerable and disadvantaged young people across Merseyside.

Ronny Goodlass with the special watch

An exclusive TW Steel CEO Pilot Special Edition model was donated to the event for a charity auction. The one-off watch features a blue dial and strap, and 'Ball 8' (his squad number at Everton) engraved on the case back. Bids were accepted online prior to the event in order to raise as much money as possible.
Dave Room, Group Director for TW Steel, said: "TW Steel UK are proud to support the Alan Ball tribute evening and the Health Through Sport charity at this fundraising event. We hope they keep up all the hard work and fundraising."
A number of former Everton players attended the event, including Howard Kendall, Graeme Sharp and Barry Horne who each took to the stage to share their memories of Ball. A special film was also played in tribute.