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Jimmy Armfield

Blackpool FC

43 appearances, 0 goals

P 43 W 23 D 8 L 12 F 123: A 62
63% successful

1959-66

disciplined: none
captain:
15
minutes played:
3870

Jimmy Armfield

Timeline

  James Christopher Armfield OBE, CBE.
Birth Saturday, 21 September 1935 in Marina Avenue, Denton, Lancashire [registered in Ashton-under-Lyne, December 1935].
Attended Denton Council School, Revoe Primary School and Arnold School, Blackpool
Marriage to Anne Ashurst [registered in Blackpool, June 1958]
Death Monday, 22 January 2018 in Blackpool, following a battle with cancer, aged 82 years 123 days.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Jimmy Armfield's own Right Back To The Beginning [2004].

Biographies Fighting Back: an Autobiography - James Christopher Armfield. [StanleyPaul, London: 1963]
 

Long before his current status as journalist and broadcaster, 'Gentleman Jim' achieved fame as Blackpool and England's full-back, signing professional in 1954. He was voted the 'best right-back in the world' after the 1962 Chile World Cup finals. This book pre-dates his management career with Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Right Back To The Beginning: The Autobiography - Jimmy Armfield. [Headline, London: 2004.]

Playing Career

Jimmy Armfied statue Club(s): Was captain of his school team, at Rugby and Cricket, but Iit was while playing football he was spotted by his local league side. He assisted two Blackpool Youth Clubs, St Peter's and Highfield before signing amateur forms with Blackpool FC in 1951, turning professional in September 1954, before being appointed as Bolton Wanderes FC player-manager on 19 May 1971. He did not make any Wanderers appearances.
League honours: 568 appearances, 5 goals:
Blackpool FC 1954- 568 appearances, five goals
debut: 27 December 1954 Portsmouth FC 3 Blackpool FC 0.
Last: 1 May 1971 Blackpool FC 1 Manchester United FC 1.
Club honours: Football League Division One runners-up 1955-56 (30ᵃ), fourth place 1956-57 (38ᵃ);
Division Two third place 1967-68 (41ᵃ 1ᵍ), runners-up 1969-70 (40ᵃ, 1ᵍ);
FA Cup best: quarter-final 1958-59 (6ᵃ);
Individual honours: Football League (twelve appearances). News Chronicle Young Player of the Year 1958-59; FWA Player of the Year runner-up 1965-66;  Football League Outstanding Contributor 2008. Inducted into the National Museum Hall of Fame, September 2008.
Distinctions: Awarded the OBE on 30 June 2000 for services to football.  Armfield was awarded the CBE on 31 December 2009 for his services to the community.
Height/Weight: 5' 10½", 12st. 12lbs. [1962]

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Jimmy Armfield's own Right Back To The Beginning [2004].

Managerial Career

Club(s)
League History
P 301 - W 127 - D 83 - L 91.
Became player-coach of Blackpool FC on 13 February 1971, but turned down the opportunity to become the reserve team coach to become player-manager of Bolton Wanderers FC on 19 May 1971. Turned down an approach by Everton FC to become their new manager in May 1973. Took over Leeds United AFC, following the dismissal of Brian Clough, on 4 October 1974 until he too was sacked on 3 July 1978.
Club honours Bolton Wanderers FC...
Football League Division Three winners
1972-73;
Football League best Division Two tenth place 1974-75;
Leeds United AFC...
Football League
best Division One fifth place 1975-76;
European Cup
runner-up 1974-75;
FA Cup best semi-finals 1976-77

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 778th players (778) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-back, left-back.
First match No. 331, 13 May 1959, Brazil 2 England 0, an end-of-season tour match at Estádio Municipal, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, aged 23 years 234 days.
Last match No. 400, 26 June 1966, Finland 0 England 3, a pre-World Cup Finals warm-up match at Olympiastadion, Helsinki, aged 30 years 278 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1962, 1966;
British Championship
1959-60, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1963-64;
Team honours British Championship shared 1959-60, 1963-64, winners 1960-61;
Individual honours England U23 (nine appearances, three captaincies, 1956-59)
England B (three appearances, May 1957). 
Armfield was the player-manager of the FA party that toured The Far East in 1969.
Distinctions A consultant with the Football Association, Armfield was instrumental in the appointments of Terry Venables and Glenn Hoddle as England managers.
Most appearanced Englishman at Blackpool FC.
Died eight days after Cyrille Regis.

Beyond England

Since leaving club managership has been a regular football broadcaster on BBC Radio, more recently Radio 5 live, also working with the Daily Express newspaper from 1979 to 1991. Jimmy Armfield was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire and served as High Sheriff of Lancashire in 2005-06.  He finally received his World Cup winners medal on 10 June 2009 at 10 Downing Street, London. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.12.


The Numbers
parties Apps comp. apps starts substitute reserve Mins. Goals captain
55 43 23 43 ▲0
▼0
0 3870 0 15
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
43 23 8 12 123 62 +61 6 10 2.86 1.442 62.8 +11

Match Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 17 12 4 1 61 21 +40 0 4 3.588 1.235 82.4 +11
Away 22 10 3 9 57 35 +22 5 4 2.591 1.591 52.3 +1
Neutral 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 1 1 1.25 1.50 37.5 -1

Competition Record

Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

4 3 1 0 16 2 +14 0 2 4.00 0.50 87.5 +3
WCF 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 1 1 1.25 1.50 37.5 -1
World Cup 8 4 2 2 21 8 +13 1 3 2.625 1.00 62.5 +2

ECP

2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 0 0 1.50 3.00 25.0 -1
ECF 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
European Nations Cup 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 0 0 1.50 3.00 25.0 -1
British Championship 13 7 3 3 42 18 +24 2 4 3.231 1.385 65.4 +4
Friendly 20 12 2 6 57 30 +27 3 3 2.85 1.50 65.0 +6

Tournament Record

World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP 1960-62 4 3 1 0 16 2 +14 0 2 4.00 0.50 87.5 +3
WCP All 4 3 1 0 16 2 +14 0 2 4.00 0.50 87.5 +3
World Cup Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1962 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 1 1 1.25 1.50 37.5 -1
WCF 1966 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
WCF All 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 1 1 1.25 1.50 37.5 -1
World Cup
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1960-62 8 4 2 2 21 8 +13 1 3 2.625 1.00 62.5 +2
WC 1964-66 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
WC All 8 4 2 2 21 8 +13 1 3 2.625 1.00 62.5 +2

European Nations Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ENC 1962-64 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 0 0 1.50 3.00 25.0 -1
ENC All 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 0 0 1.50 3.00 25.0 -1

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1959-60 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1960-61 3 3 0 0 19 6 +13 0 0 6.333 2.00 100.0 +3
BC 1961-62 3 0 2 1 2 4 -2 1 2 0.667 1.333 33.3 -1
BC 1962-63 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 0 1 2.667 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1963-64 3 2 0 1 12 4 +8 1 1 4.00 1.333 66.7 +1
BC All 13 7 3 3 42 18 +24 2 4 3.231 1.385 65.4 +4

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 8 4 2 2 21 8 +13 1 3 2.625 1.00 62.5 +2
EC 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 0 0 1.50 3.00 25.0 -1
BC 13 7 3 3 42 18 +24 2 4 3.231 1.385 65.4 +4
23 11 6 6 66 32 +34 3 7 2.87 1.391 60.9 +5

Match History

 
Age 20 under 23  
withdrew poorly - Scotland February 1956
  
Age 21  
one appearance - Denmark September 1956
B  
three appearances - Bulgaria, Romania & Czechoslovakia May 1957
    
Age 22 under 23  
one appearance - Romania October 1957
 
Age 23  
four appearances ͨ  - Poland September 1958, Czechoslovakia October 1958, France March 1959, Italy May 1959 - withdrew - West Germany May 1959
  

 Club: Blackpool F.C. - 43 full appearances (3870 min)

manager: Walter Winterbottom - 32 full appearances (2880 min)x


1 331 13 May 1959 - Brazil 2 England 0
Estádio Municipal, Rio de Janeiro

tour
AL   3
2 332 17 May 1959 - Peru 4 England 1
Estadio Nacional, Lima
AL   3
3 333 24 May 1959 - Mexico 2 England 1
Estadio Olímpico, Ciudad de México
AL   3
4 334 28 May 1959 - United States 1 England 8
Wrigley Field, Los Angeles
AW   3

Age 24
335 17 October 1959 - Wales 1 England 1, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AD withdrew injured
    
5 338 9 April 1960 - Scotland 1 England 1
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AD   2
6 339 11 May 1960 - England 3 Yugoslavia 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley

tour
HD   2
7 340 15 May 1960 - Spain 3 England 0
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
AL   2
8 341 22 May 1960 - Hungary 2 England 0
Népstadion, Budapest
AL   2

Age 25
9 342 8 October 1960 - Northern Ireland 2 England 5
Windsor Park, Belfast
BC AW   2
10 343 19 October 1960 - Luxembourg 0 England 9
Stade Municipal, Stad Lëtzebuerg
WCP AW   2
11 344 26 October 1960 - England 4 Spain 2
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   2
12 345 23 November 1960 - England 5 Wales 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW   2
13 346 15 April 1961 - England 9 Scotland 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW   2
14 347 10 May 1961 - England 8 Mexico 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   2
15 348 21 May 1961 - Portugal 1 England 1
Estadio Nacional, Lisboa
WCP AD   2
16 349 24 May 1961 - Italy 2 England 3
Stadio Olimpico, Roma

tour
AW   2
17 350 27 May 1961 - Austria 3 England 1
Praterstadion, Wien
AL   2

Age 26
18 351 28 September 1961 - England 4 Luxembourg 1
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury
WCP HW   2 ͨ
19 352 14 October 1961 - Wales 1 England 1
Ninian Park, Cardiff
BC AD   2
20 353 25 October 1961 - England 2 Portugal 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
WCP HW   2
21 354 22 November 1961 - England 1 Northern Ireland 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HD   2
22 355 4 April 1962 - England 3 Austria 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   2
23 356 14 April 1962 - Scotland 2 England 0
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AL   2
24 357 9 May 1962 - England 3 Switzerland 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   2
25 358 20 May 1962 - Peru 0 England 4
Estadio Nacional, Lima
Fr AW   2
 
WCF
right-back 2x
26 359 31 May 1962 - Hungary 2 England 1
Estadio Braden Copper Co., Rancagua
NL  
27 360 2 June 1962 - England 3 Argentina 1
Estadio Braden Copper Co., Rancagua
NW  
28 361 7 June 1962 - Bulgaria 0 England 0
Estadio Braden Copper Co., Rancagua
ND  
29 362 10 June 1962 - Brazil 3 England 1
Estádio Municipal, Viña del Mar
NL  

Age 27
30 363 3 October 1962 - England 1 France 1
Hillsborough, Sheffield
ENC HD   2 ͨ
31 364 20 October 1962 - Northern Ireland 1 England 3
Windsor Park, Belfast
BC AW   2 ͨ
32 365 21 November 1962 - England 4 Wales 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW   2 ͨ

  manager: Alf Ramsey - eleven full appearances (990 min)x

33 366 27 February 1963 - France 5 England 2
Parc des Princes, Paris
ENC AL   2 ͨ
34 367 6 April 1963 - England 1 Scotland 2
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HL   2 ͨ
35 368 8 May 1963 - England 1 Brazil 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HD   2 ͨ
369 29 May 1963 - Czechoslovakia 2 England 4, Tehelné poleo, Bratislava
tour
AW injured
party member
36 370 2 June 1963 - German Democratic Republic 1 England 2
Zentralstadion, Leipzig
AW   2 ͨ
37 371 5 June 1963 - Switzerland 1 England 8
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel
AW   2 ͨ

Age 28
38 372 12 October 1963 - Wales 0 England 4
Ninian Park, Cardiff
BC AW   2 ͨ
39 373 23 October 1963 - England 2 Rest of the World 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   2 ͨ
40 374 20 November 1963 - England 8 Northern Ireland 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW   2 ͨ
41 375 11 April 1964 - Scotland 1 England 0
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AL   2 ͨ
376 6 May 1964 - England 2 Uruguay 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW injured
party member
    

Age 30
42 399 4 May 1966 - England 2 Yugoslavia 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   2 ͨ
43 400 26 June 1966 - Finland 0 England 3
Olympiastadion, Helsinki

tour
AW   2 ͨ
401 29 June 1966 - Norway 1 England 6, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo AW injured
party member
402 3 July 1966 - Denmark 0 England 2, Idrætsparken, København AW
403 5 July 1966 - Poland 0 England 1, Stadion Śląski, Chorzów AW
   
WCF
reserve rb 14x
404 11 July 1966 - England 0 Uruguay 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley HD party member
405 16 July 1966 - England 2 Mexico 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW
406 20 July 1966 - France 0 England 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW
407 23 July 1966 - England 1 Argentina 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW
408 26 July 1966 - England 2 Portugal 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW
409 30 July 1966 - England 4 West Germany 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW
    

 
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