Ball boy

Ball boys and ball girls[1] are individuals, usually youths, who retrieve and supply balls for players or officials in sports such as association football (soccer), American football, bandy, cricket, tennis, baseball and basketball. Though non-essential, their activities help to speed up play by reducing the amount of inactive time.

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A ballgirl at the 2014 French Open in tennis.
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The skaters in yellow vests in the foreground are ball boys at this bandy game.


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Ball boy (left) and line judge (right) during the 2005 Australian Open.
Two ball girls in pose offering balls to the player

Due to the nature of the sport, quick retrieval of loose balls and delivery of the game balls to the servers are necessary for quick play in tennis. In professional tournaments, every court will have a trained squad of ball boys/girls with positionings and movements designed for maximum efficiency, while also not interfering with active play. As well as dealing with the game balls, ball boys/girls may also provide the players with other assistance, such as the delivery of towels and drinks.[2]


  • Nets are located on either side of the net to retrieve balls that are trapped by the net. Their job is to gather dead balls from the court and feed them to the bases after a point. This is usually done by rolling them alongside the court.
  • Bases are located just off each corner (at either end of the baseline at either end of the court). Their job is to retrieve balls from the nets and then feed balls to the server.


Feeding is how the ball boys and girls give the balls to the players. At different tournaments, they use different techniques for feeding. At some tournaments, bases have both arms in the air, feeding the balls with one arm; at others, they have one arm in the air which they feed the balls and the other arm behind their back. When feeding the ball, they must also be aware of a player's preference. Most players accept the standard, which is for the ball boy or girl to gently toss the ball (from the position with their arms extended upwards) such that it bounces one time then to the proper height for the player to catch the ball easily.


There are various methods for selecting the ball boys and girls for a tournament. In many tournaments, such as Wimbledon and the Queen's Club Championships, they are picked from or apply through schools, where they are selected by tournaments and they have to go through a number of selections and tests.[2] In some other tournaments, such as the Nottingham Open, Australian Open and the US Open,[3] positions are advertised and there are open try-outs.

Applicants are required to pass a physical ability assessment. In addition to fitness and stamina, the abilities to concentrate and remain alert are essential.

Association football

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A ball boy at a football match in China in 2007

High-profile association football matches may employ ball boys to avoid long delays when a game ball leaves the pitch and its immediate vicinity. Typically positioned behind advertising boards surrounding the pitch, ball boys will try to be in possession of a spare ball at all times, so that this can be given to the players prior to the loose ball being retrieved.

Methods for selecting ball boys vary between grounds.[4] On occasion, away teams have complained about perceived favour of ball boys towards home sides.[4]

Association football ball boys hit the headlines in England in a 2013 Capital One Cup match when Eden Hazard, a member of the away team, which was trailing at the time, appeared to kick at an apparently time-wasting ball boy Charlie Morgan who was lying on top of the ball.[5] Hazard was subsequently sent off for violent conduct and suspended for three games.[6] It was later revealed that the ballboy had tweeted the day before that he had intended to waste time.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "Ball Boys and Ball Girls".
  2. ^ a b About Wimbledon - Behind the scenes, Ball boys and ball girls.
  3. ^ Official Site Archived 2009-06-27 at the Wayback Machine United States Tennis Association - 2009 US Open Ballperson Tryouts.
  4. ^ a b Taylor, Louise (24 January 2013). "How football clubs choose their ballboys – and ballgirls". Guardian. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  5. ^ Hytner, David (25 January 2013). "Chelsea's Eden Hazard may face longer ban for ballboy altercation". Guardian. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  6. ^ "FA rules out increasing Eden Hazard's three-match ban for ballboy kick". Guardian. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Swansea City ballboy Charlie Morgan boasted about time wasting before Capital One semi-final with Chelsea". Telegraph. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
1974 Football League Cup Final

The 1974 Football League Cup Final was the final match of the 1973–74 Football League Cup, the 14th season of the Football League Cup, a football competition for the 92 teams in The Football League. The match was played at Wembley Stadium on 2 March 1974, and was contested by two First Division clubs, Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves won the match 2–1 with goals from Kenny Hibbitt and John Richards. Colin Bell had equalised for Manchester City. This gave the Midlanders their first major silverware since lifting the 1960 FA Cup.

Steve Bruce, the future Manchester United defender and manager of Sheffield Wednesday, was a ball boy during the match he was thirteen years old

Ball Boy (Beano)

Ball Boy is a strip in UK comic The Beano and also the name of the main character. It first appeared in issue 1,735, dated 18 October 1975. It features a five-a-side football team who usually lose all their matches, often heavily. The team includes:

Ball Boy – the captain of the team. He plays striker for the team. He has a minor part in The Beano Interactive DVD, playing football with a globe in a geography lesson.

Titch – A small boy who usually plays in defence. He was given his own short strip in The Beano Annual 2002.

Dimmy – A defender, who is quite dim, hence his name.

Benjy – A good player on the team, Benjy is Ball Boy's best friend.

Goalie – the goalkeeper. In some strips he is a superb goalkeeper and in others he is comically awful, letting in everything. There are a few strips where he just sits in the corner of the goal, reading, because the rest of the team can't get a shot on target.

Chandra Singh – joined the team at the end of 2008 and is the team's most skillful player.Ball Boy's team kit was originally a red and black vertical striped shirt and black shorts, but it later changed to blue and black stripes. One annual used white and black vertical stripes, but that was before the strip became full colour. Sometimes they get guest players joining the team for a strip, like Bea, or Gnasher. The team sometimes also have other players featured, including a recurring black player called Elvis. Paul Gascoigne made a guest appearance in the strip in 1993 in the issue celebrating Roger the Dodger's 40th anniversary when Roger, who was appearing in every strip in that week's comic, arranged for Gascoigne to sign up for the team.

Ball Boy and his team have both been at two World Cups. Italy in 1990 featured in that year's Beano Book and a long-running strip in the comic appeared during the 1998 finals featuring the team in France.

The strip was drawn by Malcolm Judge until his death in 1989. John Dallas took over from him afterwards, and drew it until his retirement in April 2003. Since then, the artist has been Dave Eastbury. Nigel Parkinson and Tom Paterson both occasionally draw the strip as well. In issue 3,481 (2 May 2009) a John Dallas reprint was used.

For issue 3,260, dated 8 January 2005, the Ball Boy strip was meant to feature a French footballer called Henry Thierry who wore a red shirt. In the strip he is shown a red card and then runs from the team bath when a snorkel appears close to him saying "Time to va-va-voom" – a reference to the Renault adverts in which Thierry Henry appears. The Beano editor Euan Kerr decided to destroy the entire print run of that comic so as not to risk the striker's wrath, the issue eventually going on sale with a different Ball Boy strip in its place.Ball Boy also features in The BeanoMAX comic, drawn in the black and blue vertical striped kit, by Nigel Parkinson. This was explained in a March 2007 Beano. Ball Boy's Mum accidentally washed the kits with a blue garment, and it dyed the red stripes dark blue. But the team, who'd complained they needed new kits, were happy, so BB didn't admit what had happened. This strip was drawn by regular artist Dave Eastbury. In 2008, Ball Boy's teammates went off on holiday, leaving him needing a new team for a Beanotown Summer League Championship. This team included – Ball Boy, Ronald Osbourne (who has a wealthy mother), Chandra Singh (who is the team's most skilled player), Lily, an unnamed goalkeeper and a kid who has hair hidden over his face. They also now have a proper name – 'Beanotown Juniors'. Ball Boy himself did not score any goals until the final match in this story arc.

After a lengthy undefeated run, Ball Boy's team were second in the league, because they were tricked by their long-time opponents Asbo Road, who disguised themselves as the scheduled, weak team of Chippy Crescent Athletic, and badly injured Beanotown Juniors. Then the real Chippy Crescent wrapped the defeated team up in bandages, so they couldn't move, making them lose, although only by two goals. Some other opponents then scored an own goal in the next match, putting Beanotown's spirits back up. The following week, Beanotown beat Asbo Road 1–0, giving Ball Boy's team the trophy. In the next issue, his original teammates returned, and BB showed off the trophy. This made Benji annoyed, and he tried to make him choose a team. But a discussion with Chandra made him realise both teams feel the same way about BB, and the two teams merged.

From May to August 2009, a number of early 1990s John Dallas strips were reprinted. In September 2009, Dave Eastbury returned as artist.

In July 2013, Ball Boy was taken over by Alexander Matthews who revamped the strip with a new look and a new emphasis on parodying specific incidents in modern football, such as the ownership of Premier League clubs by foreign investors. Between May 2017 and September 2017 Vince Pavey wrote the strip. Danny Pearson took over writing duties in August 2017.

Ball boy (disambiguation)

A ball boy is a person who retrieves balls for players or officials in tennis and other sports.

Ball boy or ballboy may also refer to:

Ball Boys, an American reality television show

Ball Boy (Beano), a comic strip character from The Beano

Ballboy, a character in the Japanese tokusatsu series Seiun Kamen Machineman

Ballboy (band), a Scottish indie group

Baseball positions

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. Within the game there are positions in which each player can play in.

There are nine fielding positions in baseball. Each position conventionally has an associated number, which is used to score putouts:

1 (pitcher), 2 (catcher), 3 (first baseman), 4 (second baseman), 5 (third baseman), 6 (shortstop), 7 (left fielder), 8 (center fielder), and 9 (right fielder).For example:

If the third baseman fields a ball and throws it to first, it is recorded as a 5-3 out.

A double play where the second baseman fields, throws to the shortstop covering second base, who throws to the first baseman, is recorded as a 4-6-3 double play. This is not the only way to make a double play.

Bernardo Gandulla

Bernardo José Gandulla, better known as Bernardo Gandulla (March 1, 1916 – July 7, 1999) was an Argentine football forward and head coach. He died in Buenos Aires from respiratory problems.

Brett Steven

Brett Andrew Steven (born 27 April 1969) is a former New Zealand tennis player.

Steven began his tennis career at the age of 10 as a ball boy and by the age of 16 he participated at his first tournament.Steven turned professional in 1988 and won his first tour doubles title in 1991 at Newport, Rhode Island.

Steven's best singles performance at a Grand Slam event came at the 1993 Australian Open, where he reached the quarterfinals, defeating Dave Randall, Thomas Muster, Andrei Olhovskiy and Richard Fromberg before being knocked out by Pete Sampras. At Masters level, he reached the quarterfinals of the 1993 Canada Masters and the 1998 Rome Masters.

Steven represented New Zealand at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lost in the first round to Arnaud Boetsch of France.Steven won nine top-level doubles titles during his career, the most significant of which was the Indian Wells Masters, which he won in 1995 (partnering Tommy Ho). Though he did not win any top-level singles titles during his career, Steven was a singles runner-up at three tour events (Schenectady in 1993, Auckland in 1996 and Newport in 1997). His career-high rankings were World No. 32 in singles and No. 16 in doubles. His career prize-money totalled US$2,439,714. Steven retired from the professional tour in 1999.

Colonel Crackpot's Circus

Colonel Crackpot's Circus was a British comic strip, published from 1960 until 1963 in The Beano. It was the first Beano comic strip drawn by Malcolm Judge, who later went on to draw Billy Whizz and Ball Boy for the same comic, as well as The Numskulls for The Beezer.

The strip was about a circus and the slapstick adventures of the circus folk and often involved Colonel Crackpot (the circus ringleader) trying not to pay his workforce what they were worth. In its Beano incarnation the main characters were Colonel Crackpot (the ringleader), Charlie Globes (the strong man, his name is a play on Charles Atlas) and Cynthia the fat lady.The comic strip was later revived in The Dandy, under the title Pinky's Crackpot Circus, in a strip drawn by Nick Brennan and later drawn by Gary Northfield. This revival first appeared in October 2003. Characters during this time included Pinky, the ringleader, Spanky and Blotto the clowns, Brenda the bearded lady, Rick the human cannonball, Thomas the tightrope walker Lenny the lion tamer and Mehmet the elephant.

Gil Haskell

Gil Haskell (born September 24, 1943) is a former American football coach. A long-time assistant coach in the National Football League (NFL) coach he served as the offensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks from 2000 to 2008. He began his career in the NFL as a ball boy with the San Francisco 49ers while his uncle, William O'Grady, was a part owner of the franchise. Haskell grew up in St. Brendan's Parish in San Francisco and graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in 1961. he played ppcollege football]] played at San Francisco State University and then was head coach at St. Ignatius from 1973 to 1977. Haskell then left for University of Southern California (USC), spending five seasons there as an assistant coach. He broke into the NFL as a coach in 1983 with the Los Angeles Rams, coaching special teams, running backs and tight ends for nine seasons. In 1992, he joined the Green Bay Packers where he became part of Mike Holmgren's staff for the first time as a running back coach and wide receiver coach. When Holmgren left Green Bay for the Seattle Seahawks in 1998, Haskell accepted the offensive coordinator position with the Carolina Panthers. In 2000, he reunited with Holmgren in Seattle in the same role. He has indicated that he would like to be a head coach in the NFL and even launched a low key campaign for the Oakland Raiders position when the Raiders fired Norv Turner after the 2005 season. That position was eventually filled with the hiring of Art Shell.

On February 10, 2010 the Cleveland Browns announced that Haskell as the senior advisor to president Mike Holmgren.

Haskell and his late wife, Nancy, have four daughters: Paula, Patty, Jenny and Julie.

Hairy Dan

Hairy Dan was a British comic strip series originally published in the magazineThe Beano. It first appeared in Beano issue 1 on 30 July 1938 and ran until issue 297, dated 16 November 1946. The original artist was Basil Blackaller.

The strip revolved around Hairy Dan, an old man whose long white beard usually saved the day. In the very first strip, Dan used his beard as a sail to win a boat race. A later story (from the 1940 Beano Book) saw Dan climb inside a horse skin and use his beard as a tail to win a "horse tail contest". The character later appeared for a short time in Sparky in 1965.

A similar strip appeared in the first Dandy Monster Comic entitled Old Beaver's Brainwaves and also featured a man with a large white beard and using it to save the day. He also appeared in the Beano's 65th anniversary edition in a strip appearing alongside Ball Boy.From 1972 until 1981 "Hairy Dan" appeared in the magazine The Beezer, where it was drawn and written by Bill Ritchie.

Jeff Ireland

Jeff Ireland is an American football executive who currently serves as Assistant General Manager/College Scouting Director for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). In his past roles, Ireland was the Miami Dolphins' general manager from 2008 to January 2014; a Dallas Cowboys executive prior to that; and, a scout for the Kansas City Chiefs before that. Before his career as a football executive, Ireland was an assistant football coach at the University of North Texas, and a player at Baylor University. Ireland was also a childhood ball boy for the Chicago Bears.

Liam Kelly (footballer, born 1990)

Liam Mark Kelly (born 10 February 1990) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for League One club Coventry.

List of Beano comic strips by annual

These lists show the comic strips that are contained within each Beano Annual.

List of Sheffield United F.C. managers

This is a chronological list of managers of Sheffield United, a football club based in Sheffield, England.

United were formed in 1889 as an offshoot of the already existing Sheffield United Cricket Club and committee member and club secretary JB Wostinholm was placed in charge of team affairs, thus becoming their first 'manager' (although his official title was 'Club secretary'.) The Blades have since had a further twenty eight full-time managers (discounting those appointed on an interim basis).

The club's most successful manager was John Nicholson who replaced Wostinholm in 1899 and who remained in the post until his death in 1932. Under Nicholson the Blades won the FA Cup four times and established themselves as one of the dominant forces in English football, although winning the Championship for a second time eluded them during that period.

Since Nicholson's death the club have appointed a succession of managers who have enjoyed varying levels of success while the team has generally remained in the top two divisions of English football. The exception was a period of gradual decline during the late 1970s which ultimately saw United relegated to the fourth tier under Martin Peters in 1981. The club recovered and returned to the top flight in 1990 under Dave Bassett.

A period of relative stability came in 1999 under self confessed Blades fan Neil Warnock. He guided the team to 2 domestic cup semi-finals and a Division 1 play-off final in the 2002-03 season. Then in the 2005-06 season he guided the team back to the top flight. They spent just one season in the Premier League and Warnock left the club following the club's relegation.

A chaotic 2010–11 season saw the Blades go through three managers; Kevin Blackwell who was assistant manager at United under former manager Neil Warnock. Gary Speed and another self confessed Blades fan and Sheffield born Micky Adams as well as John Carver who took charge as acting manager for a number of games, the ultimate result of which saw the side relegated to League One.

The club remained in the third tier for 5 years under several managers; Former Sheffield Wednesday manager Danny Wilson, Nigel Clough and Nigel Adkins. Then in 2016 the club turned to Chris Wilder who was a former ball boy and former player as well as a Sheffield United fan. In his first season in charge he took the club back to the second tier finishing 1st with 100 points, a club record for highest points in a season.

In his second season he got United off to a great start. Having beaten city rivals Sheffield Wednesday 4-2 at Hillsborough (the most goals the club have ever scored in a game at Hillsborough). The team were top of the league and looking for back to back promotions. However the team would finish the season in 10th place, in part due to injuries to key players.

The majority of the club's managers have been English, the only exceptions being John Harris, Ian Porterfield, Billy McEwan and David Weir (all from Scotland), Gary Speed (who was Welsh) and Danny Wilson who has represented Northern Ireland at international football. Wilson is also one of two managers to have been manager of United and fierce Steel City rivals Sheffield Wednesday. Wilson was Wednesday's manager in 1998 and also a player for Wednesday in the early 1990s. He was United's manager in 2011. The other manager is Steve Bruce, who started his managerial career at Sheffield United as a player manager in 1998. Then became Wednesday's manager in 2019.

Blades supporter, former ball boy and former player, Chris Wilder is the current manager.

Malcolm Judge

Malcolm Judge (1918 – 17 January 1989) was a British cartoonist, best known for his contributions to DC Thomson's range of comics. He was married, had one daughter, and lived in Bishopbriggs near Glasgow.

His early career was spent as a writer and journalist, and in 1948 he began contributing comic strips to the newspapers and magazines at DC Thomson. He contributed his first strip, The Badd Ladds to The Beezer in 1960, and Colonel Crackpot's Circus to The Beano the same year. He created several more popular strips including The Numskulls in the Beezer in 1962, Billy Whizz in The Beano, a.k.a. the greatest comic in the world, in 1964 and Ball Boy in the same comic in 1975. He also drew Square Eyes for The Topper, and Ali's Baba and Baron Von Reichs-Pudding in Sparky before and after its merge with the Topper.

Judge remained an active contributor to DC Thomson until his death at the age of 70 in early 1989. John Dallas took over Ball Boy, and John Geering replaced Judge on The Badd Ladds, while the workload on Billy Whizz was shared by Barrie Appleby and Steve Horrocks until the appointment of long-term successor David Parkins. The numskulls had already been taken over by Tom Lavery in 1979 .

Mario de Luna

Mario Humberto De Luna Saucedo (born January 5, 1988) is a Mexican footballer. He currently plays for C.D. Guadalajara as a defender.

Obafemi Ayanbadejo

Obafemi Devin Ayanbadejo (; born March 5, 1975) is a former American football running back, fullback and special teams player. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 1997. In 1998 as a member of the Minnesota Vikings he was allocated to the London Monarchs of the NFL Europe league. A since defunct developmental league. Ayanbadejo also played for the Baltimore Ravens (1999-2002), Miami Dolphins (2002-2003), Arizona Cardinals 2004-2007), Chicago Bears (2007) and California Redwoods (2009) of the UFL. His professional football career began in 1997 and he officially retired from professional football in January, of 2010. He played college football at San Diego State.

Ayanbadejo earned a Super Bowl ring with the 2000 Ravens via Super Bowl XXXV. He is the older brother of NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo. Brendon is an All-Pro and Pro Bowler. He has a Super Bowl ring with the 2012 Baltimore Ravens. The interesting facts continue. Obafemi Ayanbadejo

met Larry Fitzgerald while a young "Fitz" was a ball boy for the Minnesota Vikings. The pair became teammates when the future Hall of Famer was drafted in the 1st round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. During that same 2004 season Emmitt Smith tossed his first and only touchdown pass of his

NFL Hall of Fame career. That touchdown reception belongs to Ayanbadejo.

Owen Goal

Owen Goal was a British comic strip published in the comics magazine The Dandy. It centers around a schoolboy who plays for a school football team. The comic strip is one page long and features Owen's interaction with his overweight, lazy and incompetent coach. The strip is very similar to DC Thomson stablemate The Beano's Ball Boy strip.It started in the Dandy in 1998 as reprinted versions of Cannonball Kid from Nutty drawn by Rob Lee, recoloured, given a new masthead of a football shirt with OWEN GOAL on it, and with new speech balloons.

From December 1998, Owen got new strips drawn by Nigel Parkinson, which played more on Owen's interaction with his coach and his very poor football skills (the title is a pun on the phrase own goal, combined with the name of the English footballer Michael Owen (who at the time was in his late teens when the strip was first printed). Owen continued into the new Dandy, apparently at the same school as Jak, where he would still occasionally appear.

Owen's coach is lazy and in his spare time eats lots of junk food.

It appeared only sporadically during the Xtreme era and is now officially dropped.

The Beano

The Beano is the longest running British children's comic magazine, published by DC Thomson. The comic first appeared on 30 July 1938, and was published weekly. In September 2009, The Beano's 3,500th issue was published. One of the best selling comics in British popular culture, along with The Dandy, the weekly circulation of The Beano in April 1950 was 1,974,072. The Beano is currently edited by John Anderson. Each issue is published on a Wednesday, with the issue date being that of the following Saturday. The Beano will reach 4,000 issues in the summer of 2019.

Its characters include Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx, The Bash Street Kids, The Numskulls, Roger the Dodger, Billy Whizz and Tricky Dicky. Earlier characters who have been phased out include Ball Boy, Ivy the Terrible, The Three Bears and Pansy Potter. Some old characters, like Biffo the Bear, Lord Snooty, Baby Face Finlayson and Little Plum, have more recently made a return as "funsize" quarter-page strips.

The style of Beano humour has shifted noticeably over the years, though the longstanding tradition of anarchic humour has remained. For decades strips have appeared to glorify immoral behaviour, e.g. pranking/bullying (Dennis the Menace), dishonesty (Roger the Dodger) and even robbery (Baby Face Finlayson and The Three Bears). Although the readers' sympathies are assumed to be with the miscreants, the latter are very often shown punished for their actions. Recent years have seen a rise in humour involving gross bodily functions, especially flatulence (which would have been taboo in children's comics prior to the 1990s), while depictions of corporal punishment have declined. For example, the literal slipper – "The Demon Whacker" (Dennis the Menace's father's instrument of chastisement) – has become the name of the local chief of police (Sergeant Slipper). Dennis is a critic about eating his vegetables and dislikes his parents as they boss him around until he gets his own way.

Wellington Mara

Wellington Timothy Mara (August 14, 1916 – October 25, 2005) was the co-owner of the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) from 1959 until his death, and one of the most influential and iconic figures in the history of the NFL. He was the younger son of Tim Mara, who founded the Giants in 1925. Wellington was a ball boy for that year.


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