Jimmy Armfield (1935-2018)

Bolton Wanderers are saddened to learn of the passing of former manager Jimmy Armfield, aged 82.

Born in Denton, Lancashire on September 21, 1935, he spent his entire playing career with Blackpool and was also a member of England’s 1966 World Cup winning squad.

Hanging up his boots in the early 1970s, Armfield moved into management with Wanderers and led the Whites to the Second Division in 1972/73 as Third Division champions.

Departing Burnden Park in 1974, he then made the move over the Pennines to take the reins at Leeds United and under his tenure, the Elland Road outfit finished as runners-up in the European Cup in his first season there.

After leaving the Yorkshire side in 1978 however, he pursued a career in the media and became well known as a match summariser for BBC Radio Five Live for over 35 years.

Phil Mason, Club Chaplain added, “Jimmy was well loved in the sport, a true gentleman with a great passion for all he did. Whenever you spoke to him he always took an interest in what you were doing. He will be sadly missed by so many."

The thoughts and prayers of all at Bolton Wanderers are with Jimmy’s loved ones at this difficult time.

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