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Born: 09 December 1953

Came from: Apprentice   Went to: Cape Town

First game: 08 January 1972   Last game: 04 November 1972

Appearances: 41 (41/0)   Goals: 0

Bala'c joined Argyle as an apprentice after he was spotted playing for Exeter Schoolboys. He made his debut at the age of 18, deputising for an ill Jim Furnell, and his form earned him his place for almost a year before Furnell returned. A brave and agile 'keeper with lightning reflexes, he had loan spells with Hereford United and Swansea City before leaving Home Park to play for Durban City in South Africa, where he remained for four years. He had a brief spell with Lusitano, also in South Africa, before six months with Sporting Lisbon and a season with Sacramento Gold in the United States. Coming back to England he joined Hereford United, but this move did not work out and he returned to South Africa. It was then that Bala’c joined Kaizer Chiefs, with whom he won 13 trophies over the next 5 years and set an unofficial world record of 21 consecutive clean sheets. He returned to Devon in 1986 to play under John Hore at Torrington, and after moving to Chester, continued playing, as a midfielder instead of between the posts, well into his fifties.


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We're grateful to Andy Chapman, Paul Roberts, Steve Rhodes and Mark Lovell for their help in writing GoS-DB's player pen-pictures, and to the PAFC Media Team and Colin Parsons for their help with photos. Thanks also to staff at the National Football Museum, the Scottish Football Museum and ScotlandsPeople for their valuable assistance.

The following publications have been particularly valuable in the research of pen-pictures: Plymouth Argyle, A Complete Record 1903-1989 (Brian Knight, ISBN 0-907969-40-2); Plymouth Argyle, 101 Golden Greats (Andy Riddle, ISBN 1-874287-47-3); Football League Players' Records 1888-1939 (Michael Joyce, ISBN 1-899468-67-6); Football League Players' Records 1946-1988 (Barry Hugman, ISBN 1-85443-020-3) and Plymouth Argyle Football Club Handbooks.

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