Jimmy Armfield: U-turn as tribute WILL be held before Yeovil v Man Utd - live on his beloved BBC

Yeovil Town and Manchester United will kick off their FA Cup tie a minute late in order to pay tribute to Jimmy Armfield.

Thursday, 25th January 2018, 11:58 am
Updated Thursday, 25th January 2018, 12:00 pm
Scores of tributes have been left by Jimmy's statue since news of his death on Monday

League Two Yeovil initially told The Gazette time constraints meant a tribute would have to be paid before Tuesday's league game against Grimsby Town instead - but have since reversed the decision.

Tomorrow's game, expected to be seen by millions, will be aired live on the BBC, where Jimmy spent more than 35 years as a broadcaster.

And after talks with the BBC's production team this morning, the club said the match will now start at 7.56pm so a minute's applause can be held beforehand.

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"We did not take into consideration the connections Jimmy had with the BBC," a spokesman said after being contacted by The Gazette.

Christine Seddon, chairman of the Blackpool Supporters' Trust, praised Yeovil for the change of plan.

She said: "They have obviously thought about it and realise the importance of it. Credit to them. They have held their hands up and done something about it."

A BBC spokeswoman confirmed there will now be a minute's applause before kick off, on what will be the first live game shown on the BBC since Jimmy's death in the early hours of Monday.

The ex-Blackpool and England captain, who went on to forge a successful career as a journalist and summariser with BBC Five Live, had long battled cancer. He was 82.