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Allchurch, Ivor John (1929–1997), footballer, was born on 16 October 1929 at 66 Waunwen Road, Swansea, the sixth of the seven children of Charles Wilfred (Charlie) Allchurch, furnaceman, and his wife, Mabel, formerly Miller, née Smith. His parents were natives of Dudley who had moved to ...

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Malcolm Alexander Allison (1927–2010) by unknown photographer, 1973 [managing Crystal Palace, pictured with squad for the 1973-4 season] © Popperfoto / Getty Images

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Allison, Malcolm Alexander (1927–2010), footballer, football coach, and football manager, was born on 5 September 1927 at Summerhill, Oakfield Lane, Dartford, Kent, the eldest in the family of four sons and one daughter of Archibald Allison (1907–1974), electrical engineer, and his wife, Doris Myrtle, ...

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Arnott, Walter (1861–1931), footballer, was born in London Terrace, Pollokshields, Glasgow, on 12 May 1861, the son of William Arnott, a grain merchant, and his wife, Mary McLause. He was educated at Glasgow high school, a rugby-playing school, but was converted to the association game after watching (from the roof of a carriage outside the ground) the first official international match between ...

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Ball, Alan James (1945–2007), footballer and football manager, was born on 12 May 1945 at 2 Brookhouse Avenue, Farnworth, Lancashire, the son of (James) Alan Ball, builder's joiner, later publican, and his wife, Violet, née Duckworth. His father was an occasional professional footballer with ...

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Alan James Ball (1945–2007) by Bob Thomas, 1975 Bob Thomas / Getty Images

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Bastin, Clifford Sidney [Cliff] (1912–1991), footballer, was born on 14 March 1912 at 40 New North Road, Exeter, the son of Sidney Henry Bastin, dairyman, and his wife, Maud, née Butt. He was educated at Ladysmith Road elementary school, where he showed a precocious talent for football. He was soon playing for ...

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Baxter, James Curran [Jim] (1939–2001), footballer, was born on 29 September 1939 and was adopted in 1943 by Robert Baxter, a miner, and his wife, Agnes, née Denholm, of Hill of Beath, Fife. He was a slightly built boy, left-footed but too frail to impose himself quickly at ...

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James Curran Baxter (1939–2001) by unknown photographer, 1964 [after Rangers won the Scottish League Cup against Celtic] © Empics

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Bell, Donald Simpson (1890–1916), schoolteacher, footballer, and soldier, was born in Harrogate, North Riding of Yorkshire, on 3 December 1890, the youngest son and fifth of the eight children of Smith Bell (b. 1860), a butcher, and his wife, Annie, née Simpson (...

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Best, George (1946–2005), footballer, was born on 22 May 1946 at the Royal Maternity Hospital, Belfast, the elder son and eldest of six children of Richard (Dickie) Best (1919–2008), an iron-turner in the Harland and Wolff shipyard, and his wife, Ann Mary, née...

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George Best (1946–2005) by Sefton Samuels, 1968 © Sefton Samuels / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blanchflower, Robert Dennis [Danny] (1926–1993), footballer and journalist, was born on 10 February 1926 at 7 Elmdale Street in the Bloomfield district of east Belfast, the eldest child in the family of three sons and two daughters of John Blanchflower, an iron turner in the ...

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Robert Dennis Blanchflower (1926–1993) by Mark Gerson, 1962 © Mark Gerson; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stephen Bloomer (1874–1938) by W. H. King, c. 1905 W. W. Winter Photographers Ltd / Derby Evening Telegraph

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Bloomer, Stephen (1874–1938), footballer, was born at Bridge Street, Cradley, Worcestershire, on 20 January 1874, the son of Caleb Bloomer, an iron puddler, and his wife, Merab Dunn. The family moved to Derby when Bloomer was five. He learned to play football at elementary school where, although not formally part of the curriculum, the game had been introduced by enthusiastic young teachers. He played local recreational football and was signed by ...

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William John Bremner (1942–1997) by unknown photographer, 1965 Getty Images

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Bremner, William John [Billy] (1942–1997), footballer and football manager, was born in Stirling on 9 December 1942, and was adopted by James Lobban Bremner, a coalman, and his wife, Bridget Bessie Newlands, on 18 February 1943. He was educated locally at Catholic schools: ...

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Buchan, Charles Murray (1891–1960), footballer and journalist, was born at 151 Reidhaven Road, Plumstead, London, on 22 September 1891, the son of William Buchan and his wife, Jane Murray. His father had been born in Aberdeen and was a colour sergeant in a Highland regiment before moving to ...