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News report on Tommy Ball

Report on the shooting of Aston Villa player, Thomas Ball, from the Birmingham Mail, 12 November 1923

I joined the local history society in 1990, I found that one of the items that they had was a transcript of the Burial register of St Johns Church. As I was the postman at the Church I decided that when I retired I would transcribe the Baptism and Marriage registers – this is what I am doing at the moment.

There are many entries of interest, but two are regarding Aston Villa Players:

  1. the Marriage of Joseph Henry Hampton (known as Happy Harry Hampton) in 1906 (EP 18/2/3/4)
  2. the Burial of Thomas Edgar Ball (known as Tommy Ball, the first Footballer to be murdered in England)  in 1923  (EP 18/2/4/4)

With special thanks for this article to: Roger Henney

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