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:
Gordon Taylor: “RIP Jimmy, it was a real privilege and pleasure to know you and you were the dearest of friends, never to be forgotten.” pic.twitter.com/6rkCmJBzMe
— PFA (@PFA) January 22, 2018
Saddened to hear that Jimmy Armfield has passed away. A wonderful footballer and England captain who went on to be a terrific broadcaster of the game he loved, and, most importantly, he was a delightful man. He’ll be much missed. #RIPJimmy
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 22, 2018
So many hours spent listening to the voice of Jimmy Armfield. He was such a friendly, humble and kind individual. We have lost a true gentleman.
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) January 22, 2018
RIP. My first manager Jimmy Armfield.
— Peter Reid (@reid6peter) January 22, 2018
Rest in peace, Jimmy Armfield. pic.twitter.com/593Tous14N
— England (@England) January 22, 2018
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