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Blackpool remembers Jimmy Armfield

Today marks the first anniversary of the death of the local hero.

Jimmy Armfield played as a right back for Blackpool Football club his entire career.

He made 569 appearances for the club between 1954-1971 and capatined them for a decade.

He also won 43 caps for England and wore the armband 15 times.

Jimmy was also a part of the 1966 England World Cup winning squad.

After retiring Jimmy turned to coaching, with spells at Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, and even after that, he never turned his back on the sport he loved.

in 1979 Jimmy became a sports pundit and commentated on games all around the country, he worked for the BBC and the Daily Express.

Jimmy has a stand at Bloomfield Road named after him as well as a statue in his image.

Upon the unveiling of the statue Armfield said:

"I feel quite humble about it and I must be honest I will be very proud to see it as I am with the stand, as Blackpool is my team and my town. It is nice to think that anything I have done has been appreciated, all people like to think that."

He is now further being honoured in the town with a achool in his name.

The Armfield Academy is on the site of the old Arnold School, were Jimmy attended.

Blue plaques unveiled to two of Blackpool's favourite sons, Jimmy Armfield and Frank Swift Duncan.


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