'He will be missed': Charlie Adam pays tribute to Jimmy Armfield
Former Blackpool favourite Charlie Adam has paid a heart-warming tribute to club legend Jimmy Armfield following his death at the age of 82.
Adam, now plying his trade at Stoke City, spent three glorious years at Bloomfield Road - the highlight coming in 2010 when he played a leading role in the club's promotion to the Premier League in 2010.
It was during that time that many of the players, as well as manager Ian Holloway, got to know Armfield on a personal level.
"It’s a sad day for everyone involved with Blackpool FC, the town of Blackpool and the whole of football in general," Adam said.
"I got to know Jimmy during my time there and he was Mr Blackpool as far as I was concerned.
"He’d always be popping up at the training ground in that long Umbro manager's coat he used to wear and offering advice and words of support to the players.
"Jimmy was the sort of guy you’d stop and listen to, his opinions and advice were always spot on.
"He had an incredible career for Blackpool and captaining England and was a legend of the game, I also thought his commentary was as good as anyone on the radio.
"I was lucky to go to 80th birthday party a couple of years ago and there were hundreds of people from the world of football there that night - that showed just how popular he was.
"I will always remember how happy he was when we got his team to the Premier League in 2010 - it meant the world to him and there’s a great picture of Jimmy with me, Brett Ormerod, Gary Taylor-Flether and Ian Holloway which always makes me smile.
"My thoughts are with his wife Anne and all his family at this time. He will be missed."