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The funeral of Jimmy Armfield today.  Yesterday I was talking to a Blackpool fan and I showed him a programme for the last Christmas Day football game ever played in England ... Blackpool v Rover

Armfield coined the memorable and accurate quote that the Ewood faithful were “more a jury than a crowd”.

Always seemed to be a very nice bloke and completely devoted to his beloved Blackpool. They dont make them like Jimmy, Finney, Ronnie and Duggy anymore more's the pity. Didn't Bill Bancroft want

Just now, blueboy3333 said:

Before my time but I always enjoyed listening to him when he was doing the commentaries. He always came across like a thoroughly decent human being.

Me too, RIP Jimmy. Thoughts to his family and friends.

 

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Always seemed to be a very nice bloke and completely devoted to his beloved Blackpool. They dont make them like Jimmy, Finney, Ronnie and Duggy anymore more's the pity.

Didn't Bill Bancroft want him as manager at one point in the 70's? He turned us down but helped the Club in an advisory capacity for a period as I recall.

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6 minutes ago, RevidgeBlue said:

Always seemed to be a very nice bloke and completely devoted to his beloved Blackpool. They dont make them like Jimmy, Finney, Ronnie and Duggy anymore more's the pity.

Didn't Bill Bancroft want him as manager at one point in the 70's? He turned us down but helped the Club in an advisory capacity for a period as I recall.

I heard we wanted him as a player but he took the Bolton manager job.

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A honest down to earth humble man, over 600 appearances for one club says it all...I listened to an interview he did with a radio station a while ago , not sure which one but it was that good i carried on listening well after i got to my destination, be nice to dig that out as it was certainly worth listening to for any football supporter....realy puts the modern game in to perspective 

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1 hour ago, RevidgeBlue said:

Always seemed to be a very nice bloke and completely devoted to his beloved Blackpool. They dont make them like Jimmy, Finney, Ronnie and Duggy anymore more's the pity.

Didn't Bill Bancroft want him as manager at one point in the 70's? He turned us down but helped the Club in an advisory capacity for a period as I recall.

 

He did advise the club at one point in hiring a manager. Not sure, but it could have been Howard Kendall when Derek Keighley was chairman. Have had the pleasure of sharing his company and, apart from being a top footballer, he was a thoroughly decent human being

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I didn't realise he had such success as a manager. From Wiki:-

Not long after hanging up his boots, Armfield became manager of Bolton Wanderers in 1971, leading them to promotion to the Second Division in the 1972–73 season as Third Division champions.

On 4 October 1974, Armfield took the helm at Leeds United, replacing Brian Clough as manager, leading them to the European Cup Final in the 1974–75 season in which they lost 2–0 to Bayern Munich.[9] Assisted by Don Howe, Armfield was responsible for rebuilding Don Revie's ageing but still formidable side, a task which he achieved with some success. Armfield bought in players such as Tony Currie and Brian Flynn, and under his stewardship Leeds never finished outside of the top ten, qualified for the UEFA Cup,[10] and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1976–77 and the League Cup in 1977–78.[2]

 

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Jimmy Armfield, Bryan Douglas and Ronnie Clayton, true legends of the game and their times. They loved the game and their clubs and appreciated the fans, the modern game and participants are pale imitations :(

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1 hour ago, Exiled in Toronto said:

Armfield coined the memorable and accurate quote that the Ewood faithful were “more a jury than a crowd”.

I was just going to mention that one 'Blackburn don't have fans they have a jury' or something similar although I don't know which era it was referring to but occasionally in the past it's been hard to disagree !

Only remember him for his radio work mostly 5 live but he was always very good and realistic, a great leveller for pompous Green & Co.

RIP

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