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Allchurch, Ivor John (1929–1997), footballer  

Huw Richards

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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Allison, Malcolm Alexander (1927–2010), footballer, football coach, and football manager  

Neil Carter

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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Allison, Malcolm Alexander (1927–2010)  

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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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Armfield, James Christopher [Jimmy] (1935–2018), footballer, football manager, and broadcaster  

Dilwyn Porter

Armfield, James Christopher [Jimmy] (1935–2018), footballer, football manager, and broadcaster, was born on 21 September 1935 at 16 Marina Avenue, Denton, Lancashire (5 miles east of Manchester), the only child of Christopher Armfield (1904–1980), a grocer, and his wife, ...

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Armfield, James Christopher [Jimmy] (1935–2018)  

Maker: W&H Talbot Archive

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Jimmy Armfield (1935–2018), by W&H Talbot Archive, 1963

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Arnott, Walter (1861–1931)  

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Walter Arnott (1861–1931), by Maclure, McDonald & Co.

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Arnott, Walter (1861–1931), footballer  

Robert A. Crampsey

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)  

Maker: Bob Thomas

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

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Ball, Alan James (1945–2007), footballer and football manager  

Tony Mason

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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Banks, Gordon (1937–2019), footballer  

Matthew Taylor

Banks, Gordon (1937–2019), footballer, was born on 30 December 1937 at 15 Arthur Road, Abbeydale, Sheffield, the youngest of four sons of Thomas Banks (1906–1969), a general labourer in a steel foundry, later a bookmaker, and his wife Nellie, née Yates...

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Banks, Gordon (1937–2019)  

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Gordon Banks (1937–2019), by unknown photographer, 1970

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Bastin, Clifford Sidney [Cliff] (1912–1991), footballer  

Tony Mason

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  

Richard Holt

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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Baxter, James Curran [Jim] (1939–2001)  

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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  

Helen Snelson

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 (1859–1838), a butcher, and his wife, Annie, née Simpson...

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Best, George (1946–2005)  

Maker: Sefton Samuels

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

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Best, George (1946–2005), footballer  

Michael Crick

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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Blanchflower, Robert Dennis [Danny] (1926–1993), footballer and journalist  

Tony Mason

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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Blanchflower, Robert Dennis [Danny] (1926–1993)  

Maker: Mark Gerson

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