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Jimmy Armfield
Jimmy Armfield, 2012 (cropped).jpg
Jimmy Armfield in 2012.
Personal information
Full nameJames Christopher Armfield
Date of birth(1935-09-21)21 September 1935
Place of birthDenton, Lancashire, England.
Date of death22 January 2018(2018-01-22) (aged 82)
Place of deathBlackpool, Lancashire, England.
Height5 ft 10 12 in (1.79 m)[1]
Playing positionRight back
Senior career*
National team
1956–1959England U239(0)
Teams managed
1971–1974Bolton Wanderers
1974–1978Leeds United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Christopher Armfield, CBE, DL (21 September 1935 – 22 January 2018)[2] was an English professional football player and manager. He worked as a football pundit for BBC Radio Five Live.

Armfield played the whole of his Football League career at Blackpool, usually at right back. Between 1954 and 1971 he played 627 games in all competitions, scored six goals, and spent a decade as the club's captain. He also represented the England national team 43 times between 1959 and 1966, and captained them in 15 games.[3]

Armfield died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Blackpool, Lancashire on 22 January 2018 at the age of 82.[2][4]


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