Quiet, thoughtful and good – Jimmy Armfield was a top manager | Gordon McQueen

Quiet, thoughtful and good – Jimmy Armfield was a top manager | Gordon McQueen

22-Jan-2018 17:38:21 | The Guardian

Jimmy Armfield didn’t shout when I had to miss Leeds’ 1975 European Cup final through suspension and I’ll never forget how he treated my mum and dad

Jimmy Armfield’s time in management is often overlooked and that’s understandable in a way because it came between very successful and long careers as a player and a commentator. But it shouldn’t be forgotten he had success as the manager of Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United.

He won promotion to the Second Division with Bolton before taking Leeds to the European Cup final in 1975. He is still fondly remembered at Leeds but he would have been hero-worshipped to this day if we had beaten Bayern Munich in Paris. We should have beaten them, we were the better team, but quite frankly Leeds were robbed that night. We should have had a penalty when Franz Beckenbauer fouled Allan Clarke inside the area and later on Peter Lorimer had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside, both at 0-0.

Related: Jimmy Armfield, former England captain, dies aged 82

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