In March 2010 Bloomfield Road’s Jimmy Armfield Stand was opened and his statue was unveiled outside the ground in May 2011. Bloomfield Roads South Stand which was opened back in 2010 is also a tribute to Jimmy and was named the “Jimmy Armfield South Stand” with the name ARMFIELD spelled out using white seats.
The nine-feet in height bronze statue which can be located outside the main entrance facing Seasiders Way, behind the West Stand, cost around £100k with money being raised through a number of fund-raising events.
The aim was to unveil the statue on Jimmy’s 75th birthday in September 2010. However, the statue was not unveiled until May 1st 2011, some 40 years to the day since he last appeared on a football pitch for the Seasiders.
The statue shows Mr Armfield in his 20s and was created by sculptor Les Johnson at his workshop in Hampshire. Armfield, attended the ceremony, alongside fellow legends of the game Sir Trevor Booking and Sir Bobby Charlton. Hundreds of fans gathered outside of the club’s Bloomfield Road stadium to witness the unveiling of the statue dedicated to the former captain.
Thunderous applause broke out as the statue was finally unveiled in front of the Armfield Stand as a constant reminder of his outstanding contribution to the club.
Reflecting on the event, Armfield told the Blackpool Gazette: “I’m not usually lost for words, but this is an incredibly proud moment for me.
“Blackpool is my home and the fact the whole town and the supporters have been involved is very humbling.