Martin Ball

Eastwood CFC

Martin ‘Bally’ Ball is a football coach serving as the Manager of Eastwood Community Football Club . He has previously been associated with Carlton Town, Grantham Town, Hucknall Town and Worksop Town during his career.

Martin Ball, known affectionately as “Bally,” is a highly respected figure in non-league football, with an impressive career both as a player and a coach. Starting his football journey at Carlton Town, Ball became a club legend, appearing over 200 times and captaining the side for a significant portion of his tenure. His playing career spanned eighteen years, with a notable start at Carlton Town’s academy, where he made his first-team debut at seventeen. During his time at Carlton Town, he earned the accolade of Supporters Player of the Year for the 2009/10 season.

Ball’s career saw him playing for several clubs, including Hucknall Town, Grantham Town, Worksop Town, and Clifton All Whites. His move to Hucknall Town marked the beginning of the 2010/11 season, followed by a successful stint at Grantham Town where he played a key role in winning the Evo-Stik League Division 1 South championship in May 2012. His return to Carlton Town was marked by multiple promotions, play-off appearances, and a number of Nottinghamshire Senior Cup victories.

Transitioning from player to coach, Ball took on the role of 1st Team Coach at Carlton Town, leveraging his extensive playing experience and deep understanding of the game. His journey reflects a dedicated commitment to non-league football, both on and off the pitch, showcasing his leadership and influence in shaping the teams he has been part of. Ball’s contributions to the clubs he represented, particularly Carlton Town, are a testament to his skill, leadership, and enduring impact in the world of non-league football.