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Jimmy Armfield statue unveiled

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HUNDREDS of Blackpool fans gathered to see a statue in honour of Seasiders’ great Jimmy Armfield unveiled at Bloomfield Road.

The 9ft bronze structure, an awe inspiring testament to tireless fundraising from the Blackpool FC Supporters Association, immortalises Jimmy in a pose taken from the peak of his career in the 1960s.

Thunderous applause broke out as the statue was finally unveiled in front of the Armfield Stand as a constant reminder of his outstanding contribution to the club.

And it was an emotional moment for the 75-year-old former England star.

He said: “I’m not usually lost for words, but this is an incredibly proud moment for me.

“Blackpool is my home and the fact the whole town and the supporters have been involved is very humbling.

“When the supporters association first approached me with the idea, I have to confess I wasn’t really in favour.

“I thought with all the will in the world, I haven’t got long enough left to see it happen, but they had already started and here we are today.

“So much effort in has gone in and I’m very thankful.”

Last night, exactly 40 years after he unlaced his boots for the final time, the Blackpool FC legend unveiled a statue of himself outside his beloved Bloomfield Road.

The 9ft bronze structure, an awe inspiring testament to tireless fundraising from the Blackpool FC Supporters Association, immortalises Jimmy in a pose taken from the peak of his career in the 1960s.

Thunderous applause from fans broke out as the statue was finally unveiled in front of the Armfield Stand as a constant reminder of his outstanding contribution to the club.

Emotional

And it was an emotional moment for the 75-year-old former England star.

He said: “I’m not usually lost for words, but this is an incredibly proud moment for me.

“Blackpool is my home and the fact the whole town and the supporters have been involved is very humbling.

“When the supporters association first approached me with the idea, I have to confess I wasn’t really in favour.

“I thought with all the will in the world, I haven’t got long enough left to see it happen, but they had already started and here we are today.

“So much effort in has gone in and I’m very thankful.”

Jimmy has seen the whole process of creating the sculpture and said he was impressed with his bronze likeness.

He said: “I’m really pleased with it, but it’s more important to me what the supporters think, they are the ones who have to look at it.

“The sculptor is superb. You only need to look at the detail, the folds on the shirt, it’s absolutely fantastic.

“Anyone who knew me at 28 will know that this is me.”

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