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Jimmy Armfield

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Born 01 Sep 1935, Blackpool (England)
In Charge 07 Oct 1974 - Jun 1978
Honours Won None

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Jimmy Armfield had been a loyal and successful player, making around 600 appearances for Blackpool and picking up 43 England caps at right back. He moved into management with Bolton, steering them to the Division 3 title in 1972-73, and after long consideration, the Leeds board decided to bring him in to steady the ship after the Clough turmoil.

By the time he took over, the poor start had already blown any hope of retaining the League title, so he focused on going for the European Cup. After cruising through the early rounds, Barcelona were beaten at home and held to a 1-1 draw in the return at he Nou Camp, setting up a final at the Parc des Princes against Bayern Munich. Revie's old team - and Armfield's tactics - played extremely well together, and for much of the match Leeds dominated the game. But several dodgy refereeing decisions and a couple of sucker goals blew the game and the Leeds fans rioted in disgust as they were certain they had been robbed.

Armfield gradually managed to find some replacements for Revie's aging players and the likes of Tony Currie, Arthur Graham and Brian Flynn came together to form a moderately successful side. Despite taking the team to a semi-final in 1977 and again in 1978, he was sacked at the end of his third full year in charge - the board wanted success and they wanted it now! Armfield went on to become a leading adviser to the FA and remains a regular radio commentator for the BBC.

David Brunt says: personly i enjoyed his time at leeds and could you remind me of the team sheet for the 75 european cup final to settle an argument

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