Former England captain Jimmy Armfield has died at the age of 82, Blackpool Football Club have confirmed.
A member of the World Cup-winning squad of 1966, Armfield's death comes following a battle with cancer.
Armfield spent his entire club career with Blackpool and made a record 627 appearances over the course of his 17 years at Bloomfield Road, while he represented his country 43 times.
Club deeply saddened to learn of the passing of its record appearance holder and Vice-President Jimmy Armfield. https://t.co/60nbiaARU2 pic.twitter.com/VQayAI96WO — Blackpool FC (@BlackpoolFC) January 22, 2018
Fellow former England international and broadcaster Gary Lineker led the tributes, tweeting: "Saddened to hear that Jimmy Armfield has passed away.
"A wonderful footballer and England captain who went on to be a terrific broadcaster of the game he loved, and, most importantly, he was a delightful man.
"He'll be much missed."
Saddened to hear that Jimmy Armfield has passed away. A wonderful footballer and England captain who went on to be a terrific broadcaster of the game he loved, and, most importantly, he was a delightful man. He’ll be much missed. #RIPJimmy — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 22, 2018
Who was Jimmy Armfield?
Born in Denton, Lancashire on September 21, 1935, Jimmy Armfield was offered a trial by Blackpool in 1954, where he played at left-wing. He signed for the Tangerines soon after, but spent his career at right-back, playing 569 times in the league for them over the course of a 17-year career.
Armfield helped Blackpool to their best ever finish in the league, finishing second to Manchester United in 1955-56. He was named the club's Young Player of the Year in 1959, and before heading to the World Cup in 1966, finished runner-up to Bobby Charlton as the English Footballer of the Year.
He did not play in England's successful World Cup campaign due to injury but was later awarded a winners' medal as an unused member of the squad.
Armfield went on to manage Bolton Wanderers between 1971 and 1974. His greatest spell in the dugout came at Leeds United, who he managed from 1974 to 1978, replacing Brian Clough during a rebuilding period for the club.
Leeds reached the final of the European Cup in 1974-75, but unfortunately were defeated by Bayern Munich 2-0 in the final. Armfield also guided Leeds to the last four of both the FA Cup and League Cup, and finished in the top-half during each of his seasons at the helm.
After his career in management, Armfield became a football journalist, initially working for the Daily Express. He spent over 30 years with BBC Radio, and also worked as a consultant with the Football Association.
In 2010, he was awarded a CBE and was one of the first players inducted into Blackpool's Hall of Fame in 2006. Armfield died on January 22, 2018.