BST to pay tribute to Armfield OUTSIDE Bloomfield Road

Blackpool Supporters' Trust has confirmed it will pay tribute to Jimmy Armfield OUTSIDE Bloomfield Road prior to Saturday's home game against Charlton Athletic.

Tuesday, 23rd January 2018, 10:39 am
Updated Tuesday, 23rd January 2018, 10:45 am
Armfield pictured in front of the stand named in his honour

It comes after Armfield sadly passed away at the age of 82 on Monday morning.

Since the tragic news, many have called for Blackpool supporters to put aside the club politics and pack out Bloomfield Road this Saturday to pay tribute to the club's greatest ever son.

But others insist that, with the Oystons still in charge, their only option is to pay their respects at Armfield's statue outside.

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The Trust says it is a matter of "individual conscience" and whatever decision people make, they should be respected.

A statement read: "Blackpool Supporters’ Trust is organising the laying of a wreath and a minute’s applause in honour of Jimmy Armfield, on Saturday, January 27, 2.30pm at the Jimmy Armfield statue.

"We will also be taking a collection on behalf of Trinity Hospice for anyone who wishes to make a donation. We hope that many fans and members of the community will join us to pay respect to our Blackpool legend ‘Gentleman Jim’.

"We call on all fans to behave appropriately and with restraint, whether you are going in to Bloomfield Road or not – and that choice, as always, has to be a matter of individual conscience.

"Saturday is all about honouring Jim, one of the greatest servants this club has ever had."

Blackpool FC announced yesterday that all proceeds sold from home tickets between now and Saturday will be donated to Trinity Hospice, where Armfield was cared for in his final days.

The club also confirmed a minute's applause will take place prior to kick off.