Karl Robinson was honoured to be part of today’s memorial services for Blackpool legend Jimmy Armfield.
The Tangerines’ record-appearance maker, who was also part of England’s World Cup winning squad in 1966, passed away aged 82 on Monday.
Robinson and his squad attended a fan-led memorial by Armfield’s statue outside Bloomfield Road after today’s game was postponed, and also took part in an official service inside the stadium – with the Addicks boss laying a wreath on behalf of the South London club.
“After the disappointment of the game being called off, the players thought it was right that we paid our respects as well. The way our club is, we’ll respect everybody. The players wanted to stay, we had the wreaths to lay. We also felt it was right that we went outside to the memorial with the fans as well. In Jimmy Armfield’s era, the uniqueness of the game and perhaps where it may have changed it’s the connection between the terraces and the pitch.
“To be amongst people, and see people upset and be there in remembrance. Four members of the family were here as well. It was a tremendous testament to Blackpool and Charlton the way it was done. It was an honour on our behalf.”
Armfield, who also had successful spells as manager of Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United, was respected by football supporters all over the country. They were also treated to his insights as a match-summariser on BBC Radio Five Live later on in life.
“He was (respected by fans all over the country) – and probably because of his humility as well,” added Robinson.
“The way he was and the way he played. 627 games (for Blackpool). It’s remarkable. Those feats don’t often get passed any more. To be part of the England squad that was successful as well and to manage – to do everything that he did. Jimmy Armfield is one of those people who brought people to this place to celebrate football on Saturday at three o’clock – when every game was played at three o’clock. It shows you the impact that he had still on the game today with the respect that he was shown today.”
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