Jimmy Armfield opens new sports field in Oswaldtwistle

Jimmy Armfield
Image caption Jimmy Armfield played for England 43 times

New £1.2m footballing facilities have been officially unveiled in East Lancashire by former Blackpool and England footballer Jimmy Armfield.

A pavilion, changing rooms and education facilities have been built in Heron Way, Oswaldtwistle, alongside six new football pitches.

The funding has come mainly from the Football Foundation and Lancashire County Council.

The new facilities will benefit local schools.

Janice Lewer, headteacher of Hippings Methodist Primary School, said: "This is a very exciting time and we are pleased this area is being developed as it will be a valuable resource for the whole community."

Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School and Oswaldtwistle St Mary's FC will also use the facilities.

Mr Armfield, who played 43 times for England at right-back, was selected for both the 1962 and 1966 World Cup squads.

He played more than 600 games for Blackpool with his final game in May 1971 before he moved into management with Bolton Wanderers, leading them to the Division Three title in 1973.

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