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Jimmy Armfield

Blackpool FC

43 caps, 0 goals

P 43 W 23 D 8 L 12 F 123: A 62
63% successful

1959-66

disciplined: none
captaincies:
15
minutes played:
3870

Jimmy Armfield

Profile

Full name James Christopher Armfield OBE, CBE.
Born 21 September 1935 in Marina Avenue, Denton, Lancashire [registered in Ashton-under-Lyne, December 1935].
Attended Denton Council School, Revoe Primary School and Arnold School, Blackpool
Married to Anne Ashurst [registered in Blackpool, June 1958]
Height/Weight 5' 10½", 12st. 12lbs. [1962]

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Jimmy Armfield's own Right Back To The Beginning [2004].

Biographies Fighting Back: an Autobiography - James Christopher Armfield. [StanleyPaul, London: 1963]
 

Long before his current status as journalist and broadcaster, 'Gentleman Jim' achieved fame as Blackpool and England's full-back, signing professional in 1954. He was voted the 'best right-back in the world' after the 1962 Chile World Cup finals. This book pre-dates his management career with Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Right Back To The Beginning: The Autobiography - Jimmy Armfield. [Headline, London: 2004.]

Club Career

Jimmy Armfied statue Club(s): Assisted two Blackpool Youth Clubs, St Peter's and Highfield before signing amateur forms with Blackpool FC in 1951, turning professional in September 1954.  Played 568 league games, scoring six times before retiring in May 1971.
Club honours: None
Individual honours: Football League (twelve appearances). News Chronicle Young Player of the Year 1958-59; FWA Player of the Year runner-up 1965-66;  Football League Outstanding Contributor 2008. Inducted into the National Museum Hall of Fame, September 2008.
Distinctions: Awarded the OBE on 30 June 2000 for services to football.  Armfield was awarded the CBE on 31 December 2009 for his services to the community.
Management Career
Club(s): Became player-coach of Blackpool FC in February 1971, before leaving the seaside club for the first time in twenty years to become manager of Bolton Wanderers FC in May 1971.  Took over Leeds United AFC, following the dismissal of Brian Clough, on 4 October 1974 until his sacking on 3 July 1978.
Club honours: Football League Division Three winners 1972-73; European Cup runner-up 1974-75;

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Jimmy Armfield's own Right Back To The Beginning [2004].

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 778th players (778) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-back, left-back.
First match No. 331, 13 May 1959, Brazil 2 England 0, an end-of-season tour match at Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, aged 23 years 131 days.
Last match No. 400, 26 June 1966, Finland 0 England 3, a pre-Word Cup Finals warm-up match at Olympiastadion, Helsinki, aged 30 years 175 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1962, 1966;
British Championships
1959-60, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1963-64;
Team honours British Championships winners 1960-61, shared 1959-60, 1963-64;
Individual honours England U23 (twelve appearances). Armfield was the player-manager of the FA party that toured The Far East in 1969.
Distinctions A consultant with the Football Association, Armfield was instrumental in the appointments of Terry Venables and Glenn Hoddle as England managers.

Beyond England

Since leaving club managership has been a regular football broadcaster on BBC Radio, more recently Radio 5 live, also working with the Daily Express newspaper from 1979 to 1991. Jimmy Armfield was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire and served as High Sheriff of Lancashire in 2005-06.  He finally received his World Cup winners medal on 10 June 2009 at 10 Downing Street, London. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.12.

 

Jimmy Armfield - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
55 43 23 43 0 0 3870 min 0 0 min 0 15 none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Jimmy Armfield - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 17 12 4 1 61 21 +40 0 4 3.588 1.235 82.4 +11
Away 22 10 3 9 57 35 +22 5 4 2.591 1.591 52.3 +1
Neutral 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 1 1 1.25 1.50 37.5 -1
All 43 23 8 12 123 62 +61 6 10 2.86 1.442 62.8 +11

 

Jimmy Armfield - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

4 3 1 0 16 2 +14 0 2 4.00 0.50 87.5 +3
WCF 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 1 1 1.25 1.50 37.5 -1
World Cup 8 4 2 2 21 8 +13 1 3 2.625 1.00 62.5 +2

ECP

2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 0 0 1.50 3.00 25.0 -1
ECF 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
European Nations Cup 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 0 0 1.50 3.00 25.0 -1
British Championship 13 7 3 3 42 18 +24 2 4 3.231 1.385 65.4 +4
Friendly 20 12 2 6 57 30 +27 3 3 2.85 1.50 65.0 +6
All 43 23 8 12 123 62 +61 6 10 2.86 1.442 62.8 +11

 

Jimmy Armfield - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP 1960-62 4 3 1 0 16 2 +14 0 2 4.00 0.50 87.5 +3
WCP Total 4 3 1 0 16 2 +14 0 2 4.00 0.50 87.5 +3
World Cup Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1962 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 1 1 1.25 1.50 37.5 -1
WCF 1966 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
WCF Total 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 1 1 1.25 1.50 37.5 -1
World Cup Preliminary Competitions and Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1960-62 8 4 2 2 21 8 +13 1 3 2.625 1.00 62.5 +2
WC 1964-66 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
WC Total 8 4 2 2 21 8 +13 1 3 2.625 1.00 62.5 +2
European Nations Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ENC 1962-64 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 0 0 1.50 3.00 25.0 -1
ENC All 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 0 0 1.50 3.00 25.0 -1
British Championship Tournament
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1959-60 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1960-61 3 3 0 0 19 6 +13 0 0 6.333 2.00 100.0 +3
BC 1961-62 3 0 2 1 2 4 -2 1 2 0.667 1.333 33.3 -1
BC 1962-63 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 0 1 2.667 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1963-64 3 2 0 1 12 4 +8 1 1 4.00 1.333 66.7 +1
BC All 13 7 3 3 42 18 +24 2 4 3.231 1.385 65.4 +4
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 8 4 2 2 21 8 +13 1 3 2.625 1.00 62.5 +2
EC 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 0 0 1.50 3.00 25.0 -1
BC 13 7 3 3 42 18 +24 2 4 3.231 1.385 65.4 +4
All 23 11 6 6 66 32 +34 3 7 2.87 1.391 60.9 +5

 

Jimmy Armfield - Match History
 Club: Blackpool F.C. - 43 full caps

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 32 full capsx

Age 20
- u23 8 February 1956 - England U23 3 Scotland U23 1, Hillsborough, Sheffield Fr HW withdrew ill
Age 21
1 u23 26 September 1956 - Denmark U23 0 England U23 3, Idrætsparken, København Fr AW Start 2
2 u23 19 May 1957 - Bulgaria U23 2 England U23 1, Sofiya Fr AL Start 2
3 u23 26 May 1957 - Romania U23 0 England U23 1, Stadional 23 August, Bucureşti Fr AW Start 2
4 u23 30 May 1957 - Czechoslovakia U23 0 England U23 2, Bratislava Fr AW Start 2
Age 22
5 u23 16 October 1957 - England U23 3 Romania U23 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 2
Age 23
6 u23 24 September 1958 - England U23 4 Poland U23 1, Hillsborough, Sheffield Fr HW Captain 2
7 u23 15 October 1958 - England U23 3 Czechoslovakia U23 0, Carrow Road, Norwich Fr HW Captain 2
8 u23 18 March 1959 - France U23 1 England U23 1, Lyon Fr AD Captain 2
9 u23 7 May 1959 - Italy U23 0 England U23 3, Milan tour AW Captain 2
- u23 10 May 1959 - West Germany U23 2 England U23 2, Ruhr Stadium, Bochum AD withdrawn
1 331 13 May 1959 - Brazil 2 England 0, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro tour AL Start 3
2 332 17 May 1959 - Peru 4 England 1, Estadio Nacional, Lima AL Start 3
3 333 24 May 1959 - Mexico 2 England 1, Estadio Olímpico, ciudad de México AL Start 3
4 334 28 May 1959 - USA 1 England 8, Wrigley Field, Los Angeles AW Start 3
Age 24
- 335 17 October 1959 - Wales 1 England 1, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AD withdrew injured
5 338 9 April 1960 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Start 2
6 339 11 May 1960 - England 3 Yugoslavia 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley tour HD Start 2
7 340 15 May 1960 - Spain 3 England 0, El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid AL Start 2
8 341 22 May 1960 - Hungary 2 England 0, Népstadion, Budapest AL Start 2
Age 25
9 342 8 October 1960 - Northern Ireland 2 England 5, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AW Start 2
10 343 19 October 1960 - Luxembourg 0 England 9, Stade Municipal, Stad Lëtzebuerg WCP AW Start 2
11 344 26 October 1960 - England 4 Spain 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 2
12 345 23 November 1960 - England 5 Wales 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start 2
13 346 15 April 1961 - England 9 Scotland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW Start 2
14 347 10 May 1961 - England 8 Mexico 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 2
15 348 21 May 1961 - Portugal 1 England 1, Estádio Nacional, Lisboa WCP AD Start 2
16 349 24 May 1961 - Italy 2 England 3, Stadio Olimpico, Roma Fr AW Start 2
17 350 27 May 1961 - Austria 3 England 1, Praterstadion, Wien Fr AL Start 2
Age 26
18 351 28 September 1961 - England 4 Luxembourg 1, Arsenal Stadium, London WCP HW Captain 2
19 352 14 October 1961 - Wales 1 England 1, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AD Start 2
20 353 25 October 1961 - England 2 Portugal 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley WCP HW Start 2
21 354 22 November 1961 - England 1 Northern Ireland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HD Start 2
22 355 4 April 1962 - England 3 Austria 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 2
23 356 14 April 1962 - Scotland 2 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL Start 2
24 357 9 May 1962 - England 3 Switzerland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 2
25 358 20 May 1962 - Peru 0 England 4, Estadio Nacional, Lima Fr AW Start 2
26 359 31 May 1962 - Hungary 2 England 1, Estadio Braden Copper Co., Rancagua WCF NL Start 2
27 360 2 June 1962 - England 3 Argentina 1, Estadio Braden Copper Co., Rancagua NW Start 2
28 361 7 June 1962 - Bulgaria 0 England 0, Estadio Braden Copper Co., Rancagua ND Start 2
29 362 10 June 1962 - Brazil 3 England 1, Estadio Municipal, Viña del Mar NL Start 2
Age 27
30 363 3 October 1962 - England 1 France 1, Hillsborough, Sheffield ENC HD Captain 2
31 364 20 October 1962 - Northern Ireland 1 England 3, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AW Captain 2
32 365 21 November 1962 - England 4 Wales 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW Captain 2
x

Coach: Alf Ramsey - 11 full capsx

33 366 27 February 1963 - France 5 England 2, Parc des Princes, Paris ENC AL Captain 2
34 367 6 April 1963 - England 1 Scotland 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HL Captain 2
35 368 8 May 1963 - England 1 Brazil 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HD Captain 2
- 369 29 May 1963 - Czechoslovakia 2 England 4, Štadión Tehelné pole, Bratislava Fr AW injured squad member
36 370 2 June 1963 - GDR 1 England 2, Zentralstadion, Leipzig Fr AW Captain 2
37 371 5 June 1963 - Switzerland 1 England 8, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel Fr AW Captain 2
Age 28
38 372 12 October 1963 - Wales 0 England 4, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AW Captain 2
39 373 23 October 1963 - England 2 Rest of the World 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Captain 2
40 374 20 November 1963 - England 8 Northern Ireland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Captain 2
41 375 11 April 1964 - Scotland 1 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL Captain 2
- 376 6 May 1964 - England 2 Uruguay 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW injured squad member
Age 30
42 399 4 May 1966 - England 2 Yugoslavia 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Captain 2
43 400 26 June 1966 - Finland 0 England 3, Olympiastadion, Helsinki Fr AW Captain 2
- 401 29 June 1966 - Norway 1 England 6, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo Fr AW injured squad member
- 402 3 July 1966 - Denmark 0 England 2, Idrætsparken, København Fr AW
- 403 5 July 1966 - Poland 0 England 1, Stadion Śląski, Chorzów Fr AW
- 404 11 July 1966 - England 0 Uruguay 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley WCF HD squad member 14
- 405 16 July 1966 - England 2 Mexico 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW
- 406 20 July 1966 - France 0 England 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW
- 407 23 July 1966 - England 1 Argentina 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW
- 408 26 July 1966 - England 2 Portugal 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW
- 409 30 July 1966 - England 4 West Germany 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW

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