Jeff Hall

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Jeff Hall
Nazionalità Inghilterra Inghilterra
Calcio Football pictogram.svg
Ruolo Difensore, terzino
Carriera
Giovanili
Bradford
Squadre di club1
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1950-1959Birmingham City227 (1)
Nazionale
1955 Inghilterra Inghilterra B 1 (0)
1955-1959 Inghilterra Inghilterra 17 (0)
1 I due numeri indicano le presenze e le reti segnate, per le sole partite di campionato.
Il simbolo → indica un trasferimento in prestito.
 

Jeffrey James Hall (Scunthorpe, 7 settembre 1929Birmingham, 4 aprile 1959) è stato un calciatore inglese, di ruolo difensore.

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È stata la morte di Hall - giovane e sano calciatore di fama internazionale - a convincere la popolazione della Gran Bretagna sulla necessità di un vaccino contro la poliomielite. Anche se la malattia era generalmente temuta e il vaccino di Salk era disponibile, la diffusione era stata lenta. Nelle settimane seguenti alla morte di Hall, le cliniche impostarono vaccinazioni d'emergenza e si iniziò a importare i rimedi dagli Stati Uniti per far fronte alla domanda.[1][2]

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  1. ^ (EN) Tony Gould, I thought my polio was over, but not any longer, su The Independent, 30 aprile 1995. URL consultato il 9 ottobre 2010.
    «In the same month and year that I contracted the disease in Hong Kong, the international footballer Jeff Hall died of it in England. Before the end of the Second World War polio had been a comparatively rare disease in Britain. But the late Forties and early Fifties were the polio years here as elsewhere, the time when parents grew anxious as the summer approached and kept their children away from swimming pools where the disease was thought to spread. Though polio was never a killer on the scale of cancer and heart disease, it was feared because of its capacity to maim young and healthy bodies. Despite this universal fear, take-up of the Salk vaccine when it became available in this country in the mid-Fifties was sluggish. Jeff Hall's death changed that. The message finally got through to teenagers on the terraces at football matches and in the Mecca dance-halls. Emergency clinics were set up, and there was such a run on the vaccine that further supplies had to be flown in from the United States.».
  2. ^ (EN) Dr Salk promotes polio vaccine in UK, in On This Day, BBC, 5 maggio 1955. URL consultato il 9 luglio 2007.
    «There has been a sharp rise in the demand for the vaccine following the death from the disease of Birmingham City full back Jeff Hall last month. Local health departments have been overwhelmed with applicants and have ordered an extra million doses. On 22 April daily inoculations at Manchester Town Hall were suspended because of a shortage of the vaccine.».