BLACKPOOL and England legend Jimmy Armfield has died on the age of 82, the membership has introduced.
The one-club man and BBC pundit, who received 43 England caps and performed 627 instances for the Tangerines, had been battling most cancers.
Armfield was so extremely regarded throughout his profession, he was voted the most effective proper again in Europe between 1962 and 1964.
He’s broadly considered the primary “overlapping” full-back, a typical sight in at present’s sport however a tactical masterstroke on the time as he starred on the 1962 World Cup.
However he misplaced out to Fulham’s George Cohen for a spot within the 1966 World Cup-winning facet, regardless of captaining his nation ten instances.
He was on the bench all through the well-known Four-2 win over West Germany, having picked up an damage forward of the match.
However he solely acquired a World Cup winner’s medal in 2009 after the FA pressured Fifa to retrospectively current them, receiving the honour from Gordon Brown at Downing Avenue.
Armfield skippered Blackpool for a decade and after his enjoying profession he managed Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United throughout a seven-year managerial stint.
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Though he by no means received main membership honours as a participant, he got here closest as boss at Elland Highway, the place he bought Leeds to the 1975 European Cup remaining however they misplaced 2-Zero to Bayern Munich.
He was not executed with soccer although, and have become a well-recognized and much-loved voice working for BBC 5Live the place he was a match analyst for over 30 years.
A Blackpool assertion stated: “Blackpool Soccer Membership is deeply saddened to be taught of the passing of its document look holder and Vice-President Jimmy Armfield on the age of 82.
“Inducted into Blackpool’s Corridor of Fame in 2006, the brand new South Stand constructed at Bloomfield Highway was named in his honour in 2010, with a statue commissioned by the Blackpool Supporters’ Affiliation erected a 12 months later.
“Our heartfelt condolences exit to Jimmy’s spouse Anne, his two sons, Duncan and John, and the remainder of the Armfield household at the moment.”
Armfield’s household stated: “After an extended and brave battle, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and father-in-law Jimmy Armfield, has handed away peacefully surrounded by his rapid household.
“We’d additionally prefer to thank all of the magnificent and devoted NHS employees who’ve saved Jimmy, and the household, in addition to doable over the ten years of his sickness.
“Throughout the previous couple of days Trinity Hospice in Blackpool made a giant distinction to Jimmy as he slipped away, ache free finally.
“Jimmy had two nice loves, firstly was his household, to which he was devoted and beloved dearly.
“The opposite was soccer, particularly Blackpool, England and his colleagues on the PFA.”