Jimmy Armfield, former Blackpool and England player has died

Jimmy Armfield has sadly passed away at the age of 82. The former player, manager, and broadcaster had been receiving treatment for his second battle with cancer since 2016.

The right back player holds the club record for the most appearances at Blackpool where he played 627 times over a 17-year playing career.

He also played for England 43 times, 15 as captain of the team during the era of Alf Ramsay’s world cup winning squad. A toe injury meant that he wasn’t able to play during the 1966 world cup. He was included in the reserves however and 43 years later FIFA allocated him a winners medal.

After a long playing career, Jimmy Armfield went into management where he managed Bolton and Leeds. Later he went on to work with the FA and was a summariser for BBC Radio 5 live.

He is survived by his wife, sons, and grandchildren who stated that he “passed away peacefully with those closest around him”.

Tributes from around the country have been pouring in from around the footballing community:


*Originally published by myself at http://birminghameastside.com/2018/01/22/jimmy-armfield-former-blackpool-and-england-player-has-died/*

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