Wendy Swift, Chief Executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear about the death of Jimmy Armfield CBE.
“As well as being a football legend Jimmy was a lovely, caring man who played a massive part in the health community of the Fylde coast.
“He was a Non Executive Director with the Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Community Health Services Trust and a Non Executive Director with the Blackpool Hospitals Trust. In both roles he always put patients first.
“In recent years he was a great supporter of the Altogether Now health campaign for Blackpool, backed our Blue Skies Hospitals charity and its Peace of Mind dementia campaign and officially opened the Dementia Corridor at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
“He was also instrumental in raising the profile of our health services, bringing celebrities such as Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton to support local NHS events.
“He leaves an amazing legacy and I know all the staff, governors and volunteers across all Fylde coast health services would want us to thank him for his support.
“We would like to express our deepest sympathies to his wife Anne, his sons and his family.
“He was a great friend to us and will be a huge loss.”