SAFC Legends Series – Kevin Ball

Born in Hastings on 12th November 1964, Kevin Ball played his youth career at Coventry City.

Ball never played a first team league game for The Blues before transferring to Portsmouth in 1982.

He started his playing career as a central defender before eventually moving into midfield.

After 8 years at Pompey, making over 100 appearances he moved to the Black Cats in 1990.

He was a fan favourite at Sunderland and played 389 games in all competition, scoring 27 goals.

He achieved promotion twice with the Black Cats, winning the first division title in 1995-96 and again in 1998-99.

He also helped Sunderland make the FA Cup final in 1992 where they played Liverpool at Wembley stadium.

Unfortunately the Black Cats just lost out 2-0 thanks to goals from Michael Thomas and Ian Rush.

Kevin Ball started that game in defence along side another Sunderland legend, Gary Bennett.

He was a huge leader on the pitch during his career and he was rewarded for that by Sunderland as he became the Club Captain.

Ball left the Black Cats in 1999 and joined Fulham, where he spent 1 year before moving to Burnley where he finished his playing career.

Since retiring he has worked as a coach and club ambassador for Sunderland and even took temporary charge in 2006 and 2013.

Kevin Ball only recently retired as Sunderland’s club ambassador but he will forever be a Sunderland legend!