Having a Ball

Alan Ball with son Jimmy after Pompey's promotion to division one in 1987
Alan Ball with son Jimmy after Pompey's promotion to division one in 1987
Pompey suffered defeat to Charlton. Picture: Joe Pepler

Gaffer: So predictable Pompey would suffer defeat

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Alan Ball celebrates with son Jimmy after leading Pompey back to the top flight.

The Blues lost 2-1 to Sheffield United on the day - May 9, 1987 - but it was not enough to deny Ball’s team promotion to division one.