Jimmy Armfield: Blackpool And England Legend Dies At The Age Of 82

JIMMY ARMFIELD made one final visit to his beloved Bloomfield Road as he was laid to rest today.

Former England captain Armfield, who made a club-record 627 appearances for Blackpool, died after losing a battle against cancer at the age of 82 on January 22.

img alt=" Jimmy Armfield made a last visit to Bloomfield Road on the way to being laid to rest" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/nintchdbpict000383612673.jpg?strip=all&w=960" height="2333" width="3500""> Jimmy Armfield made a last visit to Bloomfield Road on the way to being laid to rest
Jimmy Armfield made a last visit to Bloomfield Road on the way to being laid to rest
img alt=" Armfield passed the stand bearing his name as part of his the proceedings" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/nintchdbpict000383610486.jpg?strip=all&w=960" height="2326" width="3500""> Armfield passed the stand bearing his name as part of his the proceedings
Armfield passed the stand bearing his name as part of his the proceedings

And in a fitting tribute to one of football's most popular figures, Armfield's funeral cortege passed through the club's stadium, allowing fans to pay tribute to the club legend from the stand bearing his name.

People began arriving outside the ground in the morning, many gathering at Armfield's statue on Bloomfield Road to lay tributes.

At 12pm, the funeral procession entered the ground itself, travelling down one touchline before pausing briefly in front of the Armfield Stand.

After a period of silence, there was a round of applause before the procession moved on.

img alt=" Blackpool great Jimmy Armfield spent his entire career playing for the club" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/nintchdbpict000379967209.jpg?strip=all&w=937" height="2700" width="2634""> Blackpool great Jimmy Armfield spent his entire career playing for the club
Blackpool great Jimmy Armfield spent his entire career playing for the club
img alt=" Mourners left tributes at the statue of Jimmy Armfield outside Bloomfield Road" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/nintchdbpict000383595648.jpg?strip=all&w=960" height="2306" width="3500""> Mourners left tributes at the statue of Jimmy Armfield outside Bloomfield Road
Mourners left tributes at the statue of Jimmy Armfield outside Bloomfield Road

The funeral service itself, held at St Peter's Church, was private but a live audio broadcast was arranged for those remaining at Bloomfield Road.

Armfield was so highly regarded during his career, he was voted the best right back in Europe between 1962 and 1964.


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He is widely thought to be the first "overlapping" full-back, a common sight in today's game but a tactical masterstroke at the time as he starred at the 1962 World Cup.

But he lost out to Fulham's George Cohen for a spot in the 1966 World Cup-winning side, despite captaining his country ten times.

Tributes to ex-England captain Jimmy Armfield left on his statue outside Blackpool stadium after football star dies aged 82 following battle with cancer

He was on the bench for the duration of the famous 4-2 win over West Germany, having picked up an injury ahead of the tournament.

But he only received a World Cup winner's medal in 2009 after the FA pressured Fifa to retrospectively present them, receiving the honour from Gordon Brown at Downing Street.

img alt=" Armfield played 42 times for England during his career" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/nintchdbpict000379990108.jpg?strip=all&w=753" height="2580" width="2023""> Armfield played 42 times for England during his career
Armfield played 42 times for England during his career

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Armfield skippered Blackpool for a decade and after his playing career he managed Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United during a seven-year managerial stint.

Although he never won major club honours as a player, he came closest as boss at Elland Road, where he got Leeds to the 1975 European Cup final but they lost 2-0 to Bayern Munich.

He was not done with football though, and became a familiar and much-loved voice working for BBC 5Live where he was a match analyst for over 30 years.

Source : https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/5531112/jimmy-armfield-funeral-blackpool-bloomfield-road/

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