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Goals to Gold: Trading the football pitch for the financial markets by Lee Sandford

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Chapter Two: On the Ball

Getting to know Alan

AS THE YOUNGEST member of England’s 1966 World Cup winning team, no one knew about the pressures on young footballers better than Alan Ball. He was in charge of Portsmouth’s youth team when I joined and he immediately became my mentor.

I’d known Alan for a while already by then. He would often come and watch the Portsmouth schoolboy training sessions and chat to my dad while I was training. He and dad got along great, which helped to reassure me as I adjusted to living away from home for the first time. My dad’s opinion was important to me, so it was natural for me to respect someone dad liked and respected too. I looked up to Alan and came to regard him as my football dad.

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