Jimmy’s sadness after statue attack

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BLACKPOOL FC legend Jimmy Armfield today spoke of his sadness after a statue erected in his honour was defaced in a vandal attack.

Paint was daubed over the nine-foot bronze which stands proudly outside Jimmy’s beloved Bloomfield Road.

Paint on the face of the Jimmy Armfield statue at Blackpool FC

Paint on the face of the Jimmy Armfield statue at Blackpool FC

As police today hunt for those responsible and fans branded them “morons”, the 75-year-old Pool and England hero said: “I feel really sorry for the people who contributed towards it.

“It was the Blackpool public and fans who were behind it. It’s sad but I do just feel for the supporters as they are the ones who worked hard for a long period of time.”

The statue – entirely paid for by Seasiders’ fans – was painted with red, green and white to resemble the character the Joker from the Batman movies.

Fans have condemned the attack, thought to have happened outside Pool’s ground in the early hours of yesterday, with many branding the vandalism “disgusting”.

Blackpool Supporters Association (BSA) were behind the £75,000 statue project and their furious chairman Glenn Bowley said: “It’s disappointing that somebody has decided to go and put paint over the statue when so many people put so much time, effort and work into it.

“I’ve notified the police and I can reassure the fans the paint has come off. The club are going to check their CCTV footage and hopefully they may have whoever has done it on camera.”

Club secretary Matt Williams confirmed the club would review all its CCTV cameras from the area, and branded the culprits “mindless idiots”.

He told The Gazette: “It’s disgusting. Jimmy Armfield is such a legend within football and the local community that for some mindless idiots to deface a statue funded by the supporters of BFC is disgusting.

“We will be studying the CCTV along with the police to try and identify these morons.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman confirmed the incident had been reported to them and was being investigated.