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Douglas: My tribute to Jimmy Armfield

22 January 2018

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Rovers legend Bryan Douglas has today paid tribute to the late Jimmy Armfield, who sadly passed away on Monday.

A one-club man, Armfield represented Blackpool as a player for 17 years, turning out for the Tangerines on 627 occasions. 

He was also capped 43 times for England, with 15 of those appearances seeing him lead his country as skipper.

Douglas represented the Three Lions 36 times, and the duo often shared a room while on international duty. 

Speaking this morning, the former Rovers man said the following about his old friend and team-mate. 

"First of all, Jimmy was a fabulous guy. He was a great mate of mine, a great friend.

"He was my roommate on many England trips, so we became very close. He was a modest person and a successful footballer but most importantly a fantastic man. 

"He's going to be sadly missed. I'm so upset to hear the news.

"As a player, his record speaks for itself. He was a bit unlucky to miss out on the World Cup team, but his record with Blackpool and England is outstanding.

"He was a great footballer and a lovely man. One game that stands out was one against Spain; at that time they had two wingers that were going to tear us apart.

"Jimmy absolutely mastered their threat - he never let his club or his country down.

"We talked a lot when we were away with England before we went to sleep. I'm so upset that he's gone."

The thoughts of everyone at Rovers are with Jimmy's family and friends, as well as those at Blackpool Football Club.


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