Lewis Ballham Soccer Forward
Joseph Lewis Ballham (c.1864 – 1948) was a footballer. He won the Football Alliance title with Stoke in 1890–91, and also played for Burslem Port Vale. His brother Edgar played a friendly for Port Vale in 1890. Ballham played for Stoke Locomotive and Stoke, appearing in the FA Cup in 1886–87 and 1887–88, before joining Burslem Port Vale in August 1888. However he was still under contract to Stoke until the end of September that year and so had to wait until October to make his debut. The contract issue did not go away and in December 1888 he was forced to pay the club £20 damages and costs at £1 a week by the Stoke County Court. Despite this, and the regular football he enjoyed at Vale he returned to their rivals in the summer of 1890. He had scored 29 goals in 70 games in all competitions for the Vale. He scored six goals in 20 Football Alliance games in 1890–91, as Stoke won the league title and regained admittance to the Football League. He scored five goals in 18 Football League games in 1891–92, before departing the Victoria Ground.
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