Trinity Hospice’s gratitude as Blackpool FC donate £11,000 in ticket sales against Charlton Athletic in memory of Jimmy Armfield

Jimmy Armfield
Jimmy Armfield

The boss of Trinity Hospice in Bispham has spoken of his gratitude to Blackpool FC after the club pledged to give almost £11,000 in memory of Jimmy Armfield.

A cheque has yet to be handed over, but the sum will add to the £9,000 already raised in the ex-Pool and England player’s memory.

Mr Armfield died on Monday, January 22, aged 82, after a battle against cancer.

Shortly after, the club said it would donate the proceeds from home tickets sold ahead of the league match against Charlton to Trinity, where Mr Armfield was president.

However, that game was called out due to bad weather – and only replayed on Tuesday evening.

Trinity’s David Houston (inset) said: “We said at the time this was a very generous gesture by Blackpool FC in memory of our president, and we are very grateful.

“This money from ticket sales, added to the £9,000 given by supporters inside and outside the ground, and by other individuals in Jim’s memory, will go towards patient care here at the hospice, and is a wonderful tribute.”

The attendance at Tuesday’s home game, which saw the Seasiders beat the Addicks 1-0, was given as 3,216, including 264 away fans.

Much of the crowd was made up of season ticket holders, the club said, with 1,010 issued on top.

Of those, 355 were free – given away to under-11s, carers, scouts, directors, players, and the media, a spokesman told The Gazette today.

A further 61 tickets were given to season ticket holders to take a friend for free, which means the proceeds of 594 tickets raised £10,981 – an average of around £18.50 each. The cheapest ticket is £10.