LEAGUE FA CUP TOTAL Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals 1930-1931 36 27 2 2 38 29 1931-1932 38 23 0 0 38 23 1932-1933 41 33 1 2 42 35 1933-1934 17 7 0 0 17 7 Total 132 90 3 4 135 94
In his second term with Wednesday, Ball s tally of 23 goals included eleven from the penalty spot a feat which remained a League record for some 40 years. Ball s third season was his best, for he bagged 35 League and Cup goals and missed only one League game.
However, following the sudden departure of Bob Brown, new manager Billy Walker almost immediately chose to transfer Ball back to Old Trafford in order to obtain Neil Dewar. Ball s tally of 94 goals for the Owls included a four, three hat-tricks and 12 doubles in the First Division alone. Often known as last-minute Ball because of his penchant for late goals, he left Hillsborough in late December 1933, moved to Huddersfield in September 1934, and after only a month at Leeds Road joined Luton Town, where he played alongside Ten-Goal Joe Payne in the famous game with Bristol Rovers in April 1936.
This product of Southport had a short spell in France as a coach when his playing days were over. He died in 1976.
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