Remembering Jimmy Armfield

Jimmy Armfield

A year ago today, football legend Jimmy Armfield CBE sadly passed away.

Jimmy was a legend in every sense of the word, a Blackpool icon and captain of England, a successful manager with Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United, a football writer with the Daily Express and a renowned broadcaster with the BBC. He also worked at the PFA for over two decades as a Coaching Consultant.

He is deeply missed within the world of football, especially by everyone at the PFA.

Jimmy Armfield

Jimmy played a club record 627 times for Blackpool over 17 years and was the club's captain for more than a decade.

Credited as the ‘first over-lapping right-back’ he made 43 international appearances for England and captained the Three Lions 15 times.

Jimmy Armfield

He was made England captain in 1962 and looked set to skipper Alf Ramsey's team at the World Cup in 1966 but a toe injury meant he did not play as England went on to win the tournament.

As part of the squad Jimmy was given a winners' medal by FIFA 43 years later.

Jimmy Armfield

As well as his remarkable achievements as a player, Armfield enjoyed success as a manager. In 1973, he won promotion to the old Second Division with Bolton Wanderers.

Two years later he led Leeds United to a European Cup final, where they were beaten 2-0 by Bayern Munich

Jimmy Armfield

Jimmy worked as a football writer for the Blackpool Gazette and Daily Express and worked as a radio summariser for BBC 5 Live for over 30 years. For many he was the voice of football.