Gary Bowyer says Blackpool will look to give club legend Jimmy Armfield the best send off possible tomorrow.
The manager, speaking after an emotional week, has revealed his pride in seeing and reading some of the tributes to Pool’s record appearance holder and wants to make the match against Charlton a special occasion.
“You see the measure of the bloke by the amount of tributes that have been pouring forward, outside his statue at the ground, on social media, in the press and from legends within the game and how highly they spoke of him,” he said.
“He was an icon, and it’s massively important that we do everything we possibly can to give him the best send off on Saturday.”
Blackpool’s past history means a great deal to the manager, and he’s always been quick to stress the importance of the club’s achievements and achievers to his players.
“One of the first things when we came to the club was stressing the history of this club, the great players that played for this club, and the achievements that this club has had.
“Jimmy was the legend that he is. It was important for me to make sure that the players understood that. When he was around here we’d all make sure that we introduced him to the players.
“On Saturday it’ll be a fitting tribute if we can go out and give a performance and hopefully get a result for him.”
The club has also been able to plan its specific tributes to Jimmy with the co-operation of Charlton Athletic, who the manager has been quick to thank.
“They’ve been great all week in agreeing with what we wanted to do. It’s important that they were able to do that for us, and we’re grateful for that.”