Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Three cheers for Jimmy Armfield

I was lucky enough to get an invite to the North West Football Awards on Monday night. It was a long evening for a school night, but came to a lovely conclusion at 11:38 when Jimmy Armfield took the stage. The wise and warm BBC Radio 5 Live summariser was given a lifetime achievement award by Sir Bobby Charlton. Seeing the two of them share stories on stage about overlapping full backs was just amazing. A truly great moment.

I've always liked him. He always talks sense and is always fair minded. I remember him being linked with the Rovers job once and was quite excited, but he packed it in after spells at Bolton and Leeds. The only bad word I ever heard about him was at Bolton, where it was alleged by an ex player that he got rid of old photos as the club was living in the past.

Anyway, I could only find one link to the award as a story, here, in the Blackpool Gazette.

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