Former England Captain Jimmy Armfield Dies Aged 82

Pic: Getty Images (Jimmy Armfield played 43 times for England, 15 as captain)Pic: Getty Images (Jimmy Armfield played 43 times for England, 15 as captain)Former England and Blackpool captain Jimmy Armfield has been described as "a national hero", following his death at the age of 82.

Armfield, who played a club record 627 times for Blackpool, missed England's 1966 World Cup victory through injury.

He went on to manage Bolton and Leeds in a career that also saw him work with the Football Association and BBC Radio.

Professional Footballers' Association chief Gordon Taylor said that football "is much diminished with our loss".

Armfield had been receiving treatment for cancer, after the illness returned for a second time in 2016.

Taylor, who counted Armfield as a personal friend, said he was "a national hero and football legend, Blackpool icon and captain of England, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him".

"He had time for everybody and made the world a better place with his love for life and all his many activities for his charities, hospitals, his church and his devotion to his wife Anne, his sons Duncan and John and their wives and his grandchildren."

His family say he "passed away peacefully" surrounded by those closest to him.

Their statement went on: "Jimmy had two great loves, first and foremost was his family, to which he was devoted and loved dearly. The other was football, especially Blackpool, England and his colleagues at the PFA."

Blackpool council leader Simon Blackburn said flags are flying at half-mast at the town hall.

He added: "His impact was absolutely huge. He found fame because of football but there was so much more to him than that. He had an incredible sense of humour. He was a big part of the community. A freeman of the borough."

Armfield, who played for Blackpool for 17 years, was captain for more than a decade at Bloomfield Road.

The right-back made the first of 43 international appearances in 1959 and was England skipper for 15 matches between 1962 and 1966.

He was made England captain in 1962 and looked set to skipper Alf Ramsey's team at the World Cup in 1966 but a toe injury meant he did not play as England went on to win the tournament.

Armfield was given a winners' medal by Fifa 43 years later.

As well as his achievements as a player, Armfield enjoyed success as a manager.

He won promotion to the old Second Division with Bolton Wanderers in 1973.

Two years later, he succeeded Brian Clough at Leeds and guided them to a European Cup final, where they were beaten 2-0 by Bayern Munich.

'A wonderful footballer'

Clubs and former players have paid tribute to Armfield for his character both on and off the field.

Former England striker and BBC's Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker said he was "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."

Phil Neville, who played 59 times for England, described him as "a wonderful humble man".

Former England striker Alan Shearer, added: "You couldn't wish to meet a warmer, more engaging man than Jimmy Armfield. A proper football man and a gentleman."

'The epitome of a football man'

Armfield was inducted into Blackpool's Hall of Fame in 2006 and a new stand at the club's ground was named in his honour in 2010.

He brought his experience to the forefront behind a microphone, working as a football summariser for BBC Radio for almost 40 years.

John Murray, who worked alongside him for BBC Radio 5 live, said he was "a popular man, a friendly man - the absolute epitome of a football man".

The BBC's Pat Murphy also paid tribute, saying: "Jimmy Armfield was born avuncular, with a twinkly wisdom and kind nature that belied the steel needed to prosper in football. He wore his great knowledge modestly and with dignity."

Phil McNulty, the BBC's chief football writer, added: "This is such sad news. Not just a former England captain but also a wonderful broadcaster and an absolute gentleman. One of the nicest, most genuine men you could meet."

BBC Breakfast and Football Focus presenter Dan Walker said he had spent many hours listening to Armfield.

"He was such a friendly, humble and kind individual. We have lost a true gentleman."

And BBC Radio 5 live's Juliette Ferrington said: "I loved working with Jimmy. He was brilliant broadcaster, but most of all he was absolute gentleman; thoughtful, loyal, generous and kind. I feel so lucky to have spent time in his company."


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Former England Captain Jimmy Armfield Dies Aged 82


Former England Captain Jimmy Armfield Dies Aged 82

Former England Captain Jimmy Armfield Dies Aged 82


Former England Captain Jimmy Armfield Dies Aged 82