FOOTBALL greats past and present rallied to raise funds for the Jimmy Armfield statue this week.
The man himself was present at the Layton institute event and enjoyed the chance to catch up with 24 former Seasiders players.
The 330 at the sell-out event enjoyed a question-and-answer session with an appreciative Armfield, a film, raffle and supper.
The raffle alone raised £1,300, with VIP tickets for next month’s Pool v Chelsea match the star prize.
Another sought-after item was a ball signed by England World Cup winners Gordon Banks and Roger Hunt – ex-Seasider Tony Banks had taken the ball along for his fellow pools panel stars to sign – as well as all the ex-players present on the night.
The film featured highlights from Armfield’s career and tributes from the likes of Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Tom Finney, Peter Lorimer, Eddie Gray, Don Howe and Glenn Hoddle.
Assistant manager Steve Thompson represented the current squad – a signed shirt and armband as worn by Charlie Adam were also raffled, as was a home shirt signed by the entire Seasiders squad to raise funds for youth coach Gary Parkinson.
Organiser John Cross said: “Everyone worked very hard to make the evening such a success, and it was great to see so many former Blackpool players with their friends and families.”