Tribute to Bally

In these days of technicolour boots it is hard to remember what a stir the sight of a pair of white boots caused in the early 1970s. In those days we had just about got colour television and you could have any shade of football boots as long as it was a shade of black.

Then there was Alan Ball, resplendent in white boots and even more importantly he played for the Arsenal and England. All over the country in the playgrounds, on the football pitches, and no doubt in the pubs all the talk was of those white boots.

Over the last few days there have been many tributes to the man who played 217 games for Arsenal and won 72 England caps during his career and we have a suggestion for a tribute that we hope will bring a smile to many faces not least the man himself if he is looking down.

Let's recreate those heady days of the 1970s and get your white trainers out or even your white disco shoes if you feel like going wild and wear them to Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

There will no doubt be a period of appreciation for the great man before kick-off but we feel this slightly tongue-in-cheek idea will be a suitable additional way of showing our regard for the contribution Alan Ball made to Arsenal and England.

Of course we will also remember the late Arthur Milton; with his connections to cricket the white boots idea seemed apt as well.

Two great Arsenal men, let's remember the great moments they provided for the supporters during their time, many of whom will be at Emirates Stadium this weekend, and send them off accordingly.

As we sang to the Everton fans all those years ago "Thank you very much for Alan Ball, thank you very much, thank you very very very much!"

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27 Apr 2007