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Club Confirms Armfield Tribute Plans

Minute's Applause To Be Held Prior to Kick-Off

26 January 2018

Blackpool Football Club will pay its respects and tributes to vice-president and record appearance holder Jimmy Armfield against Charlton Athletic tomorrow.

At the request of the Armfield family, who will be in attendance for the fixture at Bloomfield Road, a minute's applause will be held to remember Jimmy prior to kick-off. 

The two teams will emerge from the tunnel five minutes earlier than normal, with the Blackpool players to wear specially printed 'Armfield 2' t-shirts.

Once the teams enter the field of play, a delegation, to include managers Gary Bowyer and Karl Robinson, will lay wreaths in front of the Armfield Stand. 

Reverend Michael Ward, a close friend of the Armfield family, will then read a memorial prayer, to be followed by a speech from PA announcer Tony Parr. The minute's applause will then commence prior to the game getting underway.  

Itinerary (appox times): 

2.40pm - Three of Jimmy Armfield's favourite songs to be played. 
2.48pm - Former Blackpool players to form a guard of honour. 
2.50pm - Teams to emerge from the tunnel. 
2.52pm - Delegation to lay wreaths in front of the Armfield Stand.
2.55pm - A Memorial Prayer from Rev. Michael Ward.
2.57pm - A speech about Jimmy and his career by Tony Parr. 
2.59pm - A minute's applause

Volunteers from Trinity Hospice will be holding bucket collections in and around the stadium, with revenue from home ticket sales also being donated to the Hospice. 

The special 'Armfield 2' t-shirts that the players wear will be donated to Trinity Hospice in the aftermath of the game to be utilised for fundraising purposes.   

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