33 Facts About Jimmy Armfield


Jimmy Armfield played the whole of his Football League career at Blackpool, usually at right back.


Jimmy Armfield represented the England national team 43 times between 1959 and 1966, and captained them in 15 games.


Jimmy Armfield was a member of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad.


On 27 December 1954, Jimmy Armfield made his Blackpool debut at Portsmouth.


Jimmy Armfield was voted Young Player of the Year in 1959.


Jimmy Armfield was awarded Granada TV's Sports Outlook Northern Sports Star of the year trophy in 1961.


Jimmy Armfield was awarded a testimonial match, played on 2 September 1970, his 35th birthday, and thousands turned out to pay tribute to him.


Jimmy Armfield played his final game for Blackpool on 1 May 1971, in front of a crowd of over 30,000 against Manchester United at Bloomfield Road, in what would be the last game played by Blackpool in the top flight of English football for almost 40 years.


Jimmy Armfield came back from a ten-game injury lay-off to make his swan song appearance.


Jimmy Armfield won 43 caps for England between 1959 and 1966, and captained his country on fifteen occasions.


Jimmy Armfield made his international debut on 13 May 1959, against Brazil in front of over 120,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium.


Jimmy Armfield played in the 1962 World Cup in Chile, where he was acclaimed as "the best right-back in the world".


Jimmy Armfield was voted "best right-back in Europe" between 1962 and 1964.


Fulham's George Cohen took the opportunity to establish himself as England's first choice right-back with a series of strong performances, and Jimmy Armfield was unable to force his way back into the team.


Jimmy Armfield played two further matches in the warm-up to the 1966 World Cup and was included in the winning squad but a toe injury sustained in the pre-tournament appearance against Finland and Cohen's incumbency ensured he played no part in the tournament.


Jimmy Armfield was dismissed as manager in July 1978, being replaced by Celtic manager Jock Stein.


Jimmy Armfield worked as a journalist with the Daily Express from 1979 to 1991.


Jimmy Armfield worked as a consultant with the Football Association and in this role was responsible for the appointment of Terry Venables as England coach in 1994 and was a key figure in Glenn Hoddle's appointment two years later.


In July 2007, Jimmy Armfield was awarded with an Honorary Fellowship from nearby Myerscough College, recognising his pioneering contribution to developing the attacking full-back role.


On 22 September 2007, Jimmy Armfield was the half-time guest at Blackpool's Championship home match against Colchester United.


Jimmy Armfield received a standing ovation, and he thanked the Blackpool fans for their support, which, he said, helped him get through the recent dark days.


On 2 March 2008, Jimmy Armfield was awarded the Outstanding Contribution honour at the Football League Awards ceremony in London.


On 18 September 2008 Jimmy Armfield was awarded a place in the football Hall of Fame at the National Football Museum in Preston, joining fellow former Seasiders Stanley Matthews and Stan Mortensen in the list of Blackpool players selected.


Jimmy Armfield was presented with the honour by former England teammate, Jimmy Greaves at the National Football Museum Hall of Fame Night, held in London.


On 27 April 2008, Jimmy Armfield was awarded the PFA Merit Award at the 35th Annual Awards Dinner at London's Grosvenor Hotel.


Jimmy Armfield received three standing ovations when he got up to accept the award.


Jimmy Armfield was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2010 New Year's Honours list for services to the community in Lancashire.


On 5 May 2012, Jimmy Armfield presented the trophy to the winning captain.


Jimmy Armfield was awarded Global Football Ambassador at the Football Business Awards 2016.


Jimmy Armfield died of the disease on 22 January 2018 in Blackpool, at the age of 82.


Jimmy Armfield was inducted into Blackpool's Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road, when it was officially opened by him in April 2006.


Five players from each decade are inducted; Jimmy Armfield is in the 1960s.


The South Stand at Bloomfield Road, which was opened on 20 March 2010, is named the "Jimmy Armfield South Stand" with ARMFIELD spelled out in white seats amongst the tangerine majority.