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Statue of legend Armfield planned

Jimmy Armfield
Armfield made 43 appearances for England

A statue of former Blackpool FC and England captain Jimmy Armfield could be erected outside the club's stadium.

Blackpool Supporters Association (BSA) has launched a £100,000 fundraising drive to build the bronze monument.

The 9ft (2.74m) high statue will be placed outside the main entrance of Bloomfield Road in honour of one of the club's greatest ever players.

It will be created by Les Johnson, the man who designed Nottingham's Brian Clough statue.

'Absolute legend'

Subject to planning permission, the structure could be installed as early as September 2010 - on Mr Armfield's 75th birthday.

The defender made a record 627 appearances for the Seasiders between 1954 and 1971, as well as winning 43 England caps.

He currently works as a pundit for BBC Radio 5 Live.

Glen Bowley, chairman of BSA, said: "Jimmy only ever played for one football team and that's Blackpool... So locally he's an absolute football legend.

The campaign officially starts today to raise £100,000
Glen Bowley, chairman of BSA

"It's not just his football legacy, it's also the vast amounts of work he does locally with charities. He must have been responsible for raising so much money for charities across the Fylde coast.

"And obviously with his football work and being one of Blackpool's greatest ever - if not the greatest ever - player, it is something that is really fitting and something he deserves.

"The campaign officially starts today to raise £100,000."

In March 2008, Mr Armfield was honoured by the Football League for his outstanding contribution to the game.

Later that year he was also inducted into the Hall of Fame at the National Football Museum, Preston.

The actual pose for the statue is yet to be decided and plans are at an early stage.



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