Armfield at 80: “My perfect present would be to see Blackpool sort themselves out.”

A young looking Jimmy Armfield in 1955
A young looking Jimmy Armfield in 1955
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Jimmy Armfield has just one birthday wish – to see Blackpool sort themselves out.

The football legend turns 80 today with his beloved Seasiders bottom of League One.

Armfield has achieved just about everything in a much-celebrated life but there is one birthday present he craves.

He told The Gazette: “Blackpool have been in free-fall and the best present would be for them to turn things around. It’s really sad to see the club in this state.”

Armfield speaks with authority, having spent his whole career at Bloomfield Road, playing more than 600 times for the club.

With onfield fortunes

nosediving in recent seasons and supporter unrest rife, Armfield stressed: “It’s concentration on the football which matters. Blackpool is a football club and concentration has to be on the football.

“I have tried recently to improve things behind the scenes. We’ll see what happens.

“I’m not really sure where the club goes next but it is time football moved back to the top of the chairman’s agenda.”

Club vice-president Armfield is a regular visitor to Bloomfield Road to offer his wisdom to Neil McDonald and the players, and the manager was full of praise for the former England captain.

McDonald said: “He’s a great servant to this football club. He loves Blackpool so much.

“I love it when he comes in and talks football to me, which he often does.

“He usually comes in for a cup of tea once a week and it’s always great to hear what he has to say.”