Jimmy Armfield Foundation President and former England captain dies

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Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation President Jimmy Armfield has died at the age of 82.

Armfield, a defender who was part of England’s World Cup squad in 1966, played a record 627 games for Blackpool in 17 years at the club and was a teammate of Sir Stan during his time at Bloomfield Road.

Armfield was diagnosed with cancer for a second time last year.

A statement from the club said: “Blackpool Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of its record appearance holder and vice president Jimmy Armfield at the age of 82.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to Jimmy’s wife Anne, his two sons, Duncan and John, and the rest of the Armfield family at this time.”

Armfield, who was awarded a CBE in 2009 for services to the community in Lancashire, was inducted into Blackpool’s Hall of Fame in 2006 with a statue commissioned by the Blackpool Supporters Association erected outside the ground in 2011.

Armfield made his England debut against Brazil in May 1959 and went on to win 43 caps. He also captained the side on 15 occasions.

Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation Patron Jean Gough said: “This is terribly sad news and Jimmy will be a great loss to the football world. He and Stan played together for many years and were great friends. Jimmy brought back wonderful memories telling me so many stories of the two of them.

“The Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation was proud to have Jimmy as our President. They will be up there doing their football magic together!”

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