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Jimmy Armfield (Blackpool and England)


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Sadly passed away today after a battle with cancer

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I use to enjoy listening to Jimmy on the radio, he had one of those voices that drew you in. RIP Jimmy

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I saw Jimmy Armfield play for Blackpool although I am too young to remember , I was only 5.
I remember his radio reports though and they were superb. The report on the match was factual, not sensationalist and not about him, but the game. Modern reporters, commentators and pundits please take note.
Always came across as a real gentleman and someone who was very intelligent in his approach to the game.
A really sad loss, Rest In Peace.

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I use to enjoy listening to Jimmy on the radio, he had one of those voices that drew you in. RIP Jimmy

Also enjoyed listenening to Jimmy Armfield on Radio 2 back in day when the commentary for evening games began about 10 minutes before half time. Along with Denis Law, Jimmy Armfield brought in match analysis to a new level. Jimmy also had a easy going style behind the microphone which made him very easy to listen to. RIP Jimmy, thank you for entertaining me and educating me about the game.

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James Christopher "Jimmy" Armfield C.B.E., D.L.

born 21st September 1935, Denton, Lancashire
died Monday 22nd January 2018, aged 82, Blackpool Lancashire, England.

19541971 Blackpool 569 apps, 6 goals (plus 58 cup ties)

19561959 England U23 9 caps

19591966 England 43 caps (captain for 15)


19711974 Bolton Wanderers
19741978 Leeds United

An English professional football player and manager who latterly worked as a football pundit for BBC Radio Five Live.

He played his entire career at Blackpool, usually at right back and spent a decade as the club's captain.

He was a member of England's 1966 World Cup winning squad although his did not play.

Armfield's family moved to Blackpool from Denton during the Second World War and he was spotted in a practice match at Bloomfield Road by Tangerines manager Joe Smith.

Armfield, was playing on the left wing for that game, scored all of Blackpool's goals in a 41 victory. Impressed, Smith offered him a trial. After finishing his studies at Arnold school in Blackpool and obtained his higher school certificate, he joined Blackpool at the the age of 17.

Armfield made his Blackpool debut at Portsmouth on 27th December 1954 and the following season they finished runners-up in Division 1

Armfield was voted Young Player of the Year in 1959. In 1966, he lost out to Bobby Charlton for the Footballer of the Year award and had to content himself with being Blackpool's Player of the Year. The Seasiders achieved little success in his seventeen years with them, other than was promotion back to the First Division in 1970.

He played his final game for Blackpool on 1st May 1971, against Manchester United at Bloomfield Road, in what would be the last game played by Blackpool in the top flight for almost 40 years.

He made his international debut on 13th May 1959, against Brazil in front of over 120,000 at the Maracana. He played in the 1962 World Cup in Chile, where he was acclaimed as "the best right back in the world". He was also voted "best right back in Europe" between 1962 and 1964. However, a groin injury suffered in Blackpool's last match of the 196364 season, against Ipswich Town ruled him out of the side for England's summer programme.

Fulham's George Cohen took the opportunity to establish himself as England's first choice and Armfield was unable to force his way back into the team. He played two further matches in the warm up to the 1966 World Cup and was included in the squad but a toe injury sustained in a pre tournament appearance against Finland and Cohen's incumbency ensured he played no part in the tournament. His appearance against Finland was his last for his country.

In the 1966 World Cup final only the 11 players on the pitch received medals. Following a F.A. campaign to persuade FIFA to award medals to all the squad Armfield was presented with his medal t a ceremony at 10 Downing Street on 10th June 2009.

Soon after the end of his playing career, Armfield became manager of Bolton Wanderers in 1971, leading them to promotion to the Second Division in 1973 as Third Division champions.

On 4th October 1974, Armfield took over at Leeds United, replacing Brian Clough as manager, leading them to the European Cup Final in 1975. Assisted by Don Howe, Armfield was responsible for rebuilding Don Revie's ageing side, a task which he achieved with some success. Armfield bought in players such as Tony Currie and Brian Flynn, and under his stewardship Leeds never finished outside of the top ten, qualified for the UEFA Cup, and reached the semi-finals of the F.A. Cup in 1977 and the League Cup in 1978.

Armfield then decided to work in the media. He worked as a journalist with the Daily Express from 1979 to 1991. Later he was known as a match summariser for BBC Radio Five Live. He also worked as a consultant with the F.A. and was responsible for the appointment of Terry Venables as England coach in 1994 and Glenn Hoddle in 1996.

In 2000, he was awarded an OBE for services to football and in 2004 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire. In 20052006 he served as High Sheriff of Lancashire.

Although born in Denton, Armfield lived mainly in Blackpool, moving there in a Second World War evacuation, and in 2003 he was awarded the freedom of the resort. In 2004, he released his autobiography, Right Back to the Beginning which The Times described as "authoritative and engaging".

In September 2005 he received a civic reception in Blackpool for his 70th birthdayr when a tangerine flag was flown from the town hall for the day in his honour.

On 11th May 2007, he announced on BBC Radio Lancashire that he had been throat cancer.

In 2008, Armfield was awarded the Outstanding Contribution honour at the Football League Awards, a place in the football Hall of Fame at the National Football Museum and the PFA Merit Award.

In 2009 he was honoured by Tameside Council in Denton, and the Denton and Audenshaw Assembly presented him with a lifetime achievement award. A statue of him was also unveiled at Bloomfield Road.

Armfield was appointed CBE in the 2010 New Year's Honours list for services to the community in Lancashire.

Armfield's son, John, also played football. In October 1980, he signed schoolboy forms with Manchester United, but never made a professional appearance before going on to play non league football for Runcorn, Barrow and Workington whilst training as a teacher.

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Timely article on Jimmy in the latest (no 57) issue of "Backpass".


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