The death of Jimmy Armfield, “Mr Blackpool”, in Trinity Hospice on January 22 has produced a huge outpouring of tributes and love across Blackpool and beyond.
Gordon gave his own response after the news broke on Radio Wave and he gave this tribute to Jimmy in the Gazette.
He said: “Jimmy Armfield embodied all that was best about Blackpool, the town that he adopted after being an evacuee during the Second World War.
“He will be a huge, huge loss not just to Blackpool but to the footballing world and the world in general. He was a great footballer, gaining 43 caps for England and leading them out on 15 occasions, a powerful football manager and of course as a hugely influential football commentator and journalist.
“He set new standards on insight, balance and accuracy. As important as all that, he was a great human being. In all my years in public life I have never come across someone so distinguished but so absolutely modest and full of decorum. He never forgot his origins, which were quite humble. He poured himself into public service with an interest in so many charities and organisations.
“He was never afraid to talk straight but he always did it in a positive and constructive way. There was not an ounce of malice in him. I always benefited from his advice and will miss the many years of friendship and support he gave to me. They don't make people like Jimmy Armfield any more and the world will be an immeasurably poorer place without him. My thoughts are with his wife Anne and his family.”
A floral and card tribute to Jimmy's wife Anne and his family, from Gordon and his staff at Highfield Road, and a photo of Jimmy in his footballing days, have been placed in the window alongside Gordon's tribute. Gordon has also added his name to the condolence book at the Town Hall.
Along with many other Blackpool fans, Gordon attended a special tribute at Jimmy’s statue outside the Bloomfield Road ground on the Saturday just past.