Football legend Armfield dies aged 82

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Image caption Jimmy Armfield captained England fifteen times

Former England football chief Jimmy Armfield has died through cancer at the age of 82.

Armfield was capped 43 periods by England, 15 of them because captain, and made a golf club record 627 appearances for Blackpool.

He later handled Bolton Wanderers and Leeds Usa, and was a BBC radio commentator for more than 35 years.

His family thanked well-wishers for their ” messages of love and assistance “.

Tributes have been posted on social media from your football world, including the FA plus Match of the Day’s Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer.

Sir Bobby Charlton, who performed in the same Army teams since Armfield during their national service, plus later alongside him for Britain at the 1962 World Cup within Chile, spoke of his despair.

He said: “I knew the man as well as the player, plus it was not by chance that we remained in touch for so long after the two of us retired.

“I have got missed listening to his authoritative stereo commentaries and now I will miss viewing Mr Blackpool around the scene. inch

Sir Geoff Hurst, who played with Armfield twice within the run-up to the 1966 World Glass, said: “Jimmy was a great portion of our group at the World Glass, one of the great full-backs, and one from the nicest guys you could wish to fulfill.

“I got to understand him more after the World Mug, playing golf and at the reunions. Simply an absolutely super guy and a unhappy loss. ”

Regardless of being a member of the 1966 cup-winning squad, a toe injury designed Armfield did not play as the group went on to win the competition.

Armfield, who was born in Denton, Greater Manchester, was a team-mate associated with Sir Stanley Matthews at Blackpool, where he made his name as an overlapping right-back.

Armfield has been never sent off during their career and was only reserved once, after two fouls within an FA Cup match against Norwich City.

He later on wrote: “I had played over 500 League games by then as well as the referee was almost apologetic. inch

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Image caption Armfield leads England out there with Bobby Moore behind your pet

Armfield became manager of Bolton within 1971, and took over at Leeds in 1974, replacing Brian Clough and guiding them to a Western Cup final, where they were defeated 2-0 by Bayern Munich.

Leeds player Eddie Grey, who spent his entire profession at the club, said Armfield “steadied the ship” and “completely switched things round” when Clough still left.

“It wasn’t a simple time for Jimmy to come within because the team were getting that will bit older as well, but their manner, the way he conducted themselves in and around the club was great, ” he said.

Former Everton and England footballer Peter Reid, who played below Armfield at Bolton, also utilized Twitter to pay tribute.

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Image caption Jimmy Armfield, left, often commentated together with Alan Green

After leaving Leeds more than three decades ago, Armfield started writing for the Day-to-day Express and became a fit summariser on BBC radio soccer commentaries, working for Radio 2 plus later 5 Live. He famous his 30th year on the BBC’s airwaves in 2009.

BBC journalists paying their respects integrated Football Focus presenter Dan Master and BBC Breakfast host Sally Nugent.

John Murray, who worked well alongside him on 5 Reside, said he was “a well-known man, a friendly man – the epitome of a football man”.

Armfield was made the freeman of Blackpool in the year 2003 and named a CBE keep away from 2009 for services to Lancashire.

Blackpool council innovator Simon Blackburn said flags had been flying at half-mast at the city hall, adding: “His impact has been absolutely huge. He was a large part of the community. ”

In 2010, the new South Stand with Blackpool FC’s Bloomfield Road terrain was named in his honour, plus a statue commissioned by the Blackpool Supporters’ Association was erected outside per year later.

In 3 years ago he received successful treatment intended for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma but in 2016 he exposed it had returned . He or she died at Trinity Hospice within Blackpool.

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Picture caption Armfield played together with Stanley Matthews at Blackpool

His household said: “Jimmy had two excellent loves, first and foremost was his household, to which he was devoted plus loved dearly. The other was soccer, especially Blackpool, England and his co-workers at the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association).

“The family stretches its thanks as we try to reach terms in a world without Jimmy. ”

Blackpool FC said: “Our heartfelt condolences head out to Jimmy’s wife Anne, their two sons, Duncan and Steve, and the rest of the Armfield family at the moment. ”

PFA key Gordon Taylor, who counted Armfield as a personal friend, said he or she was “a national hero plus football legend, Blackpool icon plus captain of England, he will end up being sadly missed by all who have knew him”.

As being a tribute to the resort’s adopted child Blackpool Tower was lit upward in Tangerine – Blackpool FC’s colours – and the flag travelled at half mast on authorities buildings.

The membership is donating proceeds from its house game on Saturday against Charlton Athletic to Trinity Hospice, exactly where Armfield spent his last times.

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