Jimmy Armfield, a once-in-a-lifetime friend, patriarch and legend of Blackpool FC has today, taken rest in the great beyond. Using the word ‘Legend’ to describe this great player for generations will not really suffice, for it has been overused by many to describe too many players, but then again, the Legend is Himself the real definition of that word in football terms.
He was not just a defender but also a role model, an ambassador, a footballer who understood the game and advocate of Blackpool FC whose services and passion for his club and town was second to none.
He was one of Blackpool’s greatest players as well as its number one fan who had a stand named after him, a statue erected in his honour and many night celebrations as a result of his achievements. All these descriptions are minor compared to all he’s done for Blackpool, and In all these, the player remained loyal to his team till the very end.
Reminiscing on his reactions on BBC radio whenever the Seasiders were mentioned will leave one with just one thing in mind, ‘that indeed the Seasiders have lost its greatest loyalist and legend of all times.’
Here are some tributes and messages dropped by some fans on AVFTT
JuniorBents_PlatformShoes: Shocked to read that. RIP to a great man. He epitomised what football, life and being a good human being are all about.
Bottle: Such a shame, only saw him a few times at the end of his career and only met him once when he signed his autobiography for me and had a little chat with him. He seemed to be everything that was said about him, articulate, engaging, gentle and humorous.
Minesapint: A giant of a man, not just a footballer. Would be priceless in today’s football market. More importantly a true gentleman. RIP
bfcPete: A real pity he did get a Knighthood for his football career, his FA work, his national broadcasting and his community work.
insider: How terribly sad. A man I’ve always had the utmost respect for One of my first footballing heros. RIP Sir Jim
Raging_Bull: A true lehend and one of the town’s finest who epitomised, loyalty, attitude and common decency.