Former England captain and veteran broadcaster Jimmy Armfield dies aged 82 after battle with cancer
England legend and respected broadcaster Jimmy Armfield has passed away at the age of 82 following a long battle with cancer.
As well as playing 569 times for Blackpool during his one-club career, Armfield also captained England 15 times during his 43-cap career.
After managing Leeds and Bolton, Armfield later went on to become one of the most respected broadcasters in football as an analyst for BBC Radio 5 Live.
Blackpool legend Jimmy Armfield has passed away at the age of 82 after a battle with cancer
Armfield became known as one of the most respected broadcasters in the business
In a distinguished playing career he won 43 England caps, captaining his country 15 times
He played his entire career at Blackpool, making 569 appearances between 1954 and 1971
His family confirmed that he died at Trinity Hospice in the early hours of this morning.
In a statement, they said: ‘After a long and courageous battle, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and father-in-law Jimmy Armfield, has passed away peacefully surrounded by his immediate family.’
‘At this time we are still in shock as we begin the grieving process. We know Jimmy was a public figure, but the family respectfully ask for privacy at this time.
‘We have many wonderful messages of love and support, for which we are grateful, and moved by all the kind words.
‘We would also like to thank all the magnificent and dedicated NHS staff who have kept Jimmy, and the family, as well as possible over the ten years of his illness.
‘During the last few days Trinity Hospice in Blackpool made a big difference to Jimmy as he slipped away, pain free at last.
‘Jimmy had two great loves, first and foremost was his family, to which he was devoted and loved dearly. The other was football, especially Blackpool, England and his colleagues at the PFA.
‘Once again, the family extends its thanks as we try to come to terms in a world without Jimmy.’
During a distinguished playing career as a right-back Armfield was a one-club man, remaining at Blackpool between 1954 and 1971.
He earned 43 caps for England, captaining his country on 15 occasions, and was part of the 1966 World Cup winning squad, though a toe injury prevented him from making an appearances in the tournament.
As a manager he won the Third Division at at Bolton in 1973, and led Leeds to the final of the European Cup in 1975, where they were beaten by Bayern Munich.