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Jim Ball Memorial Game

By Toby Havis, 22nd Jan 2012

"I've never had a lot of money but I have been rich with friends, and I felt a millionaire with Jim"

"Jim Ball: often opinionated. Sometimes controversial. Never boring. Always great fun. Once me 'never forgotten'. Jim Ball: "one of life's characters"

"Jim was a loyal friend who could always be relied on, he always made me laugh. He was always keen to have a beer ans support the club. Jim is greatly missed but remembered by all for his big personality. I have so many funny stories and good memories about Jim, lets have a day he would be proud of!"

"Jim Ball was one of the most genuine men I've ever known. No airs or graces, just Jim, take him or leave as you wished. I'd take him any day. It was my privilege to have known him. Miss you mate, the world's a far duller place without you around. Just to let you know, I'm trying my best to look after the other lager twin but failing miserably. You left owing me a beer"

"There was never a dull moment when Jim was about, always singing West Ham songs and his favourite one has to be 'Oi big fella what's your name? His name is Ludek Miklosko' but my favourite memory of Jim will always be when he tipped a pint of Guinness over Pavitt's head follwed by the words 'have that pretty boy', comedy gold"

"Dressing as women, setting fire to ourselves, fighting beavers and squirrels, wearing wet suits....and that was just one weekend! There's not a day you're not thought of mate, not a day you're not missed and never will be"

"Bally - The Legend Lives On"

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