RIP Jimmy Armfield – Blackpool, England Legend And Everybody’s Favourite BBC Radio Co-Commentator Passes Away, Aged 82

Chris Wright

22nd, January 2018

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Sad news has broken this morning that Jimmy Armfield has passed away today at the age of 82. He had been fighting cancer for many years.

One of the great one-club players, Armfield spent all 17 years of his professional career at Blackpool, turning out on no less than 627 occasions for the Seasiders – a record unlikely to ever be surpassed.

He then served as the club’s vice-president right up until his sad passing. It’s little wonder they named a stand after him at Bloomfield Road.

At international level, the flying right-back represented England at the 1962 World Cup with great esteem before missing out on 1966 after breaking his toe during a warm-up game against Finland. That proved to be his 43rd and final appearance for his country.

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Fans of a certain vintage will also remember Armfield for his excellent punditry work with BBC Radio 5 Live throughout the late 1990s and 2000s.

That warm, gentle Lancastrian burr, the unassuming presence, the deep font of knowledge.

It cannot be understated or undersold: Gentleman Jim was a proper footballing hero.

RIP Jimmy Armfield (1935-2018)

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  1. Syndex says:

    Well that’s a punch in the nuts for a monday

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