Everton and hummel are to launch a limited-edition Alan Ball trainer to mark 50 years since the Goodison legend wore his iconic white hummel boots.
The trainer will be available online only via evertondirect.com from 8am on Thursday 17 September 2020, with the on-sale time a nod to the former Everton midfielder's number 8 shirt.
The sight of world-cup winner Alan Ball seeming to glide across mud-heap football pitches in his famous white boots is still an iconic image for a generation of football fans.
Ball wore his white and black hummel boots for the first time in 1970, including Everton's 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the Charity Shield at Stamford Bridge on 8 August, 1970.
He became synonymous with the footwear and Evertonians snapped up replica pairs in their thousands.
In a tribute to the famous football boots, the new limited edition hummel Alan Ball trainer is white with the iconic hummel chevrons in anthracite black on the inside and outside edges.
The black tongue label features the Everton legend's name, the Everton crest and the hummel logo in gold, while the back of shoe has the year ‘1970' also in gold, and the insole features a gold Everton crest. It is smartly finished with black laces replicating the original boot. The trainers will be available in adult sizes 6-11.
Alan's son Jimmy says that the Ball family are delighted that their dad still stirs the passion and the memories almost fifty years after he left Everton.
“Even after all this time people still associate white boots with my dad, which we all think is great!” said Jimmy.
“My dad loved Goodison Park and we, as a family, all love getting back there too - he'd be made up at the thought of Evertonians wearing white hummel trainers now.
“Everton was always his Club and he'd be so proud to know that he is still so well thought of by the fans.”
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1 Posted 15/09/2020 at 17:02:28
3 Posted 15/09/2020 at 17:14:09
4 Posted 15/09/2020 at 17:34:48
5 Posted 15/09/2020 at 17:36:23
I did everything possible to keep them in good nick but after about 4-6 years they eventually fell apart. I've got an old school photograph of my years football team with me proudly wearing my Alan Ball white Hummel boots!! Absolutely loved the fella.
6 Posted 15/09/2020 at 17:39:44
7 Posted 15/09/2020 at 17:51:59
8 Posted 15/09/2020 at 18:02:36
A lot of kids will like them too and there will be many asking for these for Christmas.
I think the club have been a bit commercial savvy with these.
9 Posted 15/09/2020 at 18:12:02
10 Posted 15/09/2020 at 18:38:36
Everton sold him to Arsenal in 1971, one of the worst days in football for me as a 17-year-old.
So for me, my greatest memories of Ball are ones where he wears normal black boots until after our league title win in 69-70, not those ridiculous white things.
11 Posted 15/09/2020 at 19:00:01
The original box-to-box player and the best I have seen as a warrior. Tim Cahill in the modern era is the closest who had no fear the opposition.
12 Posted 15/09/2020 at 19:31:21
13 Posted 15/09/2020 at 21:10:59
14 Posted 15/09/2020 at 23:12:42
No self-respecting teenager would be seen dead in these as they won't know who Alan Ball was and the fact that Hummel are not Nike or Adidas.
15 Posted 15/09/2020 at 23:24:37
I bet at least some teenagers would wear them to the match - providing they don't have to pay for them of course.
16 Posted 15/09/2020 at 23:25:45
17 Posted 15/09/2020 at 23:58:58
18 Posted 16/09/2020 at 00:19:42
19 Posted 16/09/2020 at 01:14:50
As a 16-year-old, I bought a pair and Bally was bob-on.
That was, this was 1970 folks, when the likes of the best midfielder in the country might aspire to buy a newsagents for the rest of his life after his glorious playing career had ended.
20 Posted 16/09/2020 at 01:18:10
21 Posted 16/09/2020 at 04:40:53
22 Posted 16/09/2020 at 09:26:31
A point about pitches, some were like mud baths, but Goodison never was. There were the usual bare patches around the goals and centre circle, but it was a great playing surface, good drainage and underpitch heating.
23 Posted 16/09/2020 at 09:39:17
Ball is reported to have painted his old, favoured boots white to look like the Hummel boots to comply with his contract.
24 Posted 16/09/2020 at 09:49:40
25 Posted 16/09/2020 at 10:00:28
26 Posted 16/09/2020 at 10:07:06
27 Posted 16/09/2020 at 10:07:45
28 Posted 16/09/2020 at 11:11:27
29 Posted 16/09/2020 at 11:49:09
30 Posted 16/09/2020 at 12:43:58
I remember when the shite won their blag treble in 2000 and 1 of the magazines that you used to get with a Sunday paper had a similarly snappy pair of soles for sale.
If memory serves they were white Reebok with 3 embossed gold stars on the side. 1 for each of their trophies. See what they did there ?
We are not them - thankfully and we never will be.
Nice sentiment blues but let us celebrate ‘the greatest of them all on a t-shirt please.
Trainers are sacred, particularly in Liverpool and we are still being crucified for the Lonsdale/Bournemouth incident.
31 Posted 16/09/2020 at 13:18:38
32 Posted 16/09/2020 at 15:46:12
Rob #14, I pity you not having seen Bally in his prime, and the rest of the Holy Trinity
33 Posted 16/09/2020 at 22:37:41
Completely understandable being 50 year's commemorating a legend like Ball and I hope to have something to celebrate in the near future.
I actually like the look of them and they will look fantastic walking around Wembley celebrating some silverware.
The more Hummel sold, the bigger the next contract. In 50 years who's name will we be celebrating?
34 Posted 17/09/2020 at 08:50:51
35 Posted 17/09/2020 at 09:16:09
36 Posted 17/09/2020 at 09:26:15
37 Posted 17/09/2020 at 10:36:05
38 Posted 17/09/2020 at 10:45:44
39 Posted 17/09/2020 at 10:59:37
40 Posted 17/09/2020 at 12:44:11
41 Posted 17/09/2020 at 21:33:27
42 Posted 17/09/2020 at 21:54:18
43 Posted 17/09/2020 at 22:09:26
As long as they're not fake or stolen, Danny, then nothing can or will be done.
While businesses wish to sell online for maximum speed and volume with minimum cost, to all comers (as opposed to say, reserving at least some for the club shop, people with a ticket stub, season ticket holders, members etc), this is exactly what goes down.
Totally shits on the historical link with Alan Ball, Everton and the anniversary; their very selling point. And the fans. Shame.
44 Posted 17/09/2020 at 22:11:33
These are on the hummel website. A bit of modification and you could get your Alan Ball on the side. Personally I'm not a fan of white trainers.
45 Posted 17/09/2020 at 23:11:43
46 Posted 19/09/2020 at 10:34:56
47 Posted 19/09/2020 at 10:36:58
Good way not to make extra money!
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