- 14 Dec 2017
Such a shame. Remember that final well in the days when it was a final contested by champions. They should have won that comfortably and he actually had people supporting them for a game when they were the most despised club around for years before that. Really enjoyed his football analysis when commentating at a time when most live games were only accessible via the radio.Understandably we’re all talking about OUFC and the vacant managers position but Jimmy Armfield’s death is a sad loss to football. Just been looking up some of his stats.
He 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.
He was a member of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad.
After retiring from playing, Armfield managed Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United.
He took over as manager of Leeds after Brian Clough’s disastrous 44? day tenure, inheriting Don Revie’s ageing squad. Many people forget he took Leeds to the European Cup final (that’s the Champion’s League Final today) losing out 2-0 to Bayern Munich. Not many people could have managed that Leeds squad, there were some very big personalities to deal with, but he did while the team was in great transition.
An excellent Radio 5live co-commentator.