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Discussion in 'General British Football' started by McKenna's Wand, Jan 22, 2018.
A true English great.
Obviously never got to see him play but he was a voice I grew up listening to on the radio. He was one of my favourite co-commentators on Five Live.
R.I.P Jimmy. One of the true greats.
I never saw Jimmy Armfield play, nor any of the teams he managed. I only knew his voice from the radio. And yet, when I heard the news of his passing at my desk this morning, I shouted "Oh no" across the office. For me, Jimmy's was a voice of childhood, of Saturday afternoons with a little radio in my ear, following matches while out wherever my parents who had, and still have, no real interest in football were doing whatever they were doing. Jimmy spoke with knowledge and authority but in a manner that was also welcoming and accessible. There are many, many pundits today, not just in football, who would do very well to listen to him and learn from his style.
Last season, I spent a few moments at his statue outside Bloomfield Road after we played there. If there is a positive to be found today, it is that his contribution to Blackpool and to football more broadly was recognised in his lifetime, even if not with the knighthood that he surely deserved. We have lost someone very special today, but are all the richer for his contribution to our lives. Farewell Jimmy and thanks.
Nice tributes on 5live reflecting on his life and career.
Goodness know what he'd think of players like Sanchez earning 400k a week!