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Henry Bolton could 'potentially' rekindle romance with Jo Marney - but only if Ukip agrees

Henry Bolton could 'potentially' rekindle romance with Jo Marney - but only if Ukip agrees

Henry Bolton could 'potentially' rekindle romance with Jo Marney - but only if Ukip agrees

Henry Bolton could 'potentially' rekindle romance with Jo Marney - but only if Ukip agrees

Henry Bolton could 'potentially' rekindle romance with Jo Marney - but only if Ukip agrees

Henry Bolton could 'potentially' rekindle romance with Jo Marney - but only if Ukip agrees

Ukip leader Henry Bolton refuses to stand down despite losing confidence of party

Ukip leader Henry Bolton refuses to stand down despite losing confidence of party

Ukip leader Henry Bolton refuses to stand down despite losing confidence of party

Henry Bolton: I won't quit as Ukip leader – and may get back with Marney

The Ukip leader, Henry Bolton, delivers his statement in Folkestone, Kent.

Henry Bolton: I won't quit as Ukip leader – and may get back with Marney

Henry Bolton: I won't quit as Ukip leader – and may get back with Marney

Henry Bolton: I won't quit as Ukip leader – and may get back with Marney

Henry Bolton: I won't quit as Ukip leader – and may get back with Marney

Henry Bolton hints that he is 'enjoying' furious backlash and media attention

Henry Bolton hints that he is 'enjoying' furious backlash and media attention

Henry Bolton hints that he is 'enjoying' furious backlash and media attention

Henry Bolton hints that he is 'enjoying' furious backlash and media attention

Henry Bolton hints that he is 'enjoying' furious backlash and media attention

Henry Bolton hints that he is 'enjoying' furious backlash and media attention

Henry Bolton refuses to quit as Ukip leader and vows to 'drain the swamp' after two thirds of his top team resign

Henry Bolton refuses to quit as Ukip leader and vows to 'drain the swamp' after two thirds of his top team resign

Henry Bolton refuses to quit as Ukip leader and vows to 'drain the swamp' after two thirds of his top team resign

Henry Bolton refuses to quit as Ukip leader and vows to 'drain the swamp' after two thirds of his top team resign

Henry Bolton refuses to quit as Ukip leader and vows to 'drain the swamp' after two thirds of his top team resign

Henry Bolton refuses to quit as Ukip leader and vows to 'drain the swamp' after two thirds of his top team resign

Henry Bolton refuses to quit as Ukip leader and vows to 'drain the swamp' after two thirds of his top team resign

Henry Bolton refuses to quit as Ukip leader and vows to 'drain the swamp' after two thirds of his top team resign

Cometh the hour, cometh Henry Bolton, prime minister

Ukip leader, for now, Henry Bolton.

Cometh the hour, cometh Henry Bolton, prime minister

Cometh the hour, cometh Henry Bolton, prime minister

Charming and wise Jimmy Armfield had a profound gift for empathy that instilled the game with dignity

Any room at a football ground that contained Jimmy Armfield acquired an air of dignity. With him in place, the English game was sure of its foundations, and found a voice that was measured, modest and kind. Armfield, who has died aged 82, was one of the last connections to a time when football’s idols survived the war, saw national service and rose from working-class backgrounds to play for clubs in their communities. None of this was, by itself, a guarantee of virtue, but in many respects it was a more appealing basis for the game than today’s hyper-commercialised avarice. Before Alexis Sánchez was wanted by Manchester United, Armfield was coveted by Matt Busby, but there the similarities end. Armfield played only for Blackpool, in 627 games from 1954-71, and won 43 England caps before managing Bolton Wanderers and Leeds and then forging a new career as an astute and unflappable commentator. The voice that millions will remember mainly from BBC radio was the sound of a time when the personalities of great footballers were formed by more than wealth and celebrity. With a greater span of life experiences - many forced on them - Armfield’s generation seemed more sure of who they were, or what they had come from, and that inner certainty furnished him with a voice that was calm and composed. Instinctively, all who knew or worked with him knew they were in the presence of someone with gravitas; who could not be bounced into easy opinions or cheap polemics. With the microphone, Armfield felt no compulsion to speak for effect. He would consider the evidence and weigh his opinion. In the delivery, he would be clear without ever straying into gratuitous denigration. In every word that left his mouth, you could hear him trying to understand it from the performer’s point of view: a depth of empathy that said he had seen and felt it all himself as a player and a manager. Jimmy Armfield at his beloved Bloomfield Road in 1963, the year after he played in the World Cup quarter-final against Brazil at Vina del Mar Credit: PA/PA Wire. And he had. All players have a story, even modern ones. Armfield had a history. There was as much social history in his biography as sporting insight (and there was plenty of that). Until illness drew him away, we were sharing space with someone who remembered wearing a gas mask in wartime, was evacuated from Denton in Manchester to Blackpool, learned to play on the sands and answered to a father who was an air raid warden and grocer’s assistant. All this while being a bit of a scamp at school before an appetite for running became the basis for a football career helped along by time in the Army team with many of the Busby Babes.   Time is precious with someone who invented the role of over-lapping full-back while playing with Stanley Matthews, and who was England captain in the run-up to 1966, before injury and George Cohen’s rise confined him to a squad role in the World Cup win over Germany. Armfield was remarkably sanguine about his absence from a defence that had become settled in his absence. Decades later he said: “I'n’t it better that we won?”  Jimmy Armfield, seventh left back row, with his England 1966 squad mates in their offcial Burton suits Credit: PA PHOTO But Sir Bobby Charlton, who called him ‘Mr Blackpool’ in a moving statement, was among his admirers. In his autobiography (‘My England Years’), Sir Bobby has Armfield in his all-time England XI. He writes: “Jimmy Armfield is preferred to George Cohen, not because I believe he could have performed any better than my World Cup team-mate, and according to [Sir Alf] Ramsey’s instincts certainly not, but simply because he was a superbly-rounded player of skill, and one of the first, and best, overlapping full-backs football has seen.” In his farewell, Charlton recalled “one of the most honest and genuine gentlemen I had the good fortune to meet.” Like Sir Bobby Robson, who also missed out in 1966, Armfield was revered for the way he conducted himself: an outmoded concept in today’s bunfight culture. By the law of opposites, it was appropriate that Armfield should take over from Brian Clough at Leeds, where he led them to a European Cup final. After the firebrand and revolutionary came the conciliator and listener. Later, management’s loss was journalism’s gain. Acquiring wisdom from all eras, Armfield carried the essential lessons of football with him. Whichever game he was looking at, in whichever era, he could see through hyperbole’s fog to the mental and psychological challenges being faced out on the field. This acute recognition of what was going on in a game was a gift to listeners. English football is spectacularly bad at utilising its great ex-players, but it knew enough to ask Armfield to canvas opinion in the 1990s on who the next England manager should be. Terry Venables and Glenn Hoddle both came with his recommendation. Perhaps nostalgia led many of us to see him as an exemplification of a time when footballers were recognisable, approachable and rooted in normal life. But he really was that man for all ages, for all parts of society, with the church organ as his soundtrack. He noticed the new brutalism, of course, but declined to place himself above it. "All things change and invariably it has been for the better, and yet I believe I might've lived at the best time,” was as far as he would go. There was no need for him to be trenchant. His wisdom and charm spoke more powerfully.

Charming and wise Jimmy Armfield had a profound gift for empathy that instilled the game with dignity

Any room at a football ground that contained Jimmy Armfield acquired an air of dignity. With him in place, the English game was sure of its foundations, and found a voice that was measured, modest and kind. Armfield, who has died aged 82, was one of the last connections to a time when football’s idols survived the war, saw national service and rose from working-class backgrounds to play for clubs in their communities. None of this was, by itself, a guarantee of virtue, but in many respects it was a more appealing basis for the game than today’s hyper-commercialised avarice. Before Alexis Sánchez was wanted by Manchester United, Armfield was coveted by Matt Busby, but there the similarities end. Armfield played only for Blackpool, in 627 games from 1954-71, and won 43 England caps before managing Bolton Wanderers and Leeds and then forging a new career as an astute and unflappable commentator. The voice that millions will remember mainly from BBC radio was the sound of a time when the personalities of great footballers were formed by more than wealth and celebrity. With a greater span of life experiences - many forced on them - Armfield’s generation seemed more sure of who they were, or what they had come from, and that inner certainty furnished him with a voice that was calm and composed. Instinctively, all who knew or worked with him knew they were in the presence of someone with gravitas; who could not be bounced into easy opinions or cheap polemics. With the microphone, Armfield felt no compulsion to speak for effect. He would consider the evidence and weigh his opinion. In the delivery, he would be clear without ever straying into gratuitous denigration. In every word that left his mouth, you could hear him trying to understand it from the performer’s point of view: a depth of empathy that said he had seen and felt it all himself as a player and a manager. Jimmy Armfield at his beloved Bloomfield Road in 1963, the year after he played in the World Cup quarter-final against Brazil at Vina del Mar Credit: PA/PA Wire. And he had. All players have a story, even modern ones. Armfield had a history. There was as much social history in his biography as sporting insight (and there was plenty of that). Until illness drew him away, we were sharing space with someone who remembered wearing a gas mask in wartime, was evacuated from Denton in Manchester to Blackpool, learned to play on the sands and answered to a father who was an air raid warden and grocer’s assistant. All this while being a bit of a scamp at school before an appetite for running became the basis for a football career helped along by time in the Army team with many of the Busby Babes.   Time is precious with someone who invented the role of over-lapping full-back while playing with Stanley Matthews, and who was England captain in the run-up to 1966, before injury and George Cohen’s rise confined him to a squad role in the World Cup win over Germany. Armfield was remarkably sanguine about his absence from a defence that had become settled in his absence. Decades later he said: “I'n’t it better that we won?”  Jimmy Armfield, seventh left back row, with his England 1966 squad mates in their offcial Burton suits Credit: PA PHOTO But Sir Bobby Charlton, who called him ‘Mr Blackpool’ in a moving statement, was among his admirers. In his autobiography (‘My England Years’), Sir Bobby has Armfield in his all-time England XI. He writes: “Jimmy Armfield is preferred to George Cohen, not because I believe he could have performed any better than my World Cup team-mate, and according to [Sir Alf] Ramsey’s instincts certainly not, but simply because he was a superbly-rounded player of skill, and one of the first, and best, overlapping full-backs football has seen.” In his farewell, Charlton recalled “one of the most honest and genuine gentlemen I had the good fortune to meet.” Like Sir Bobby Robson, who also missed out in 1966, Armfield was revered for the way he conducted himself: an outmoded concept in today’s bunfight culture. By the law of opposites, it was appropriate that Armfield should take over from Brian Clough at Leeds, where he led them to a European Cup final. After the firebrand and revolutionary came the conciliator and listener. Later, management’s loss was journalism’s gain. Acquiring wisdom from all eras, Armfield carried the essential lessons of football with him. Whichever game he was looking at, in whichever era, he could see through hyperbole’s fog to the mental and psychological challenges being faced out on the field. This acute recognition of what was going on in a game was a gift to listeners. English football is spectacularly bad at utilising its great ex-players, but it knew enough to ask Armfield to canvas opinion in the 1990s on who the next England manager should be. Terry Venables and Glenn Hoddle both came with his recommendation. Perhaps nostalgia led many of us to see him as an exemplification of a time when footballers were recognisable, approachable and rooted in normal life. But he really was that man for all ages, for all parts of society, with the church organ as his soundtrack. He noticed the new brutalism, of course, but declined to place himself above it. "All things change and invariably it has been for the better, and yet I believe I might've lived at the best time,” was as far as he would go. There was no need for him to be trenchant. His wisdom and charm spoke more powerfully.

Charming and wise Jimmy Armfield had a profound gift for empathy that instilled the game with dignity

Any room at a football ground that contained Jimmy Armfield acquired an air of dignity. With him in place, the English game was sure of its foundations, and found a voice that was measured, modest and kind. Armfield, who has died aged 82, was one of the last connections to a time when football’s idols survived the war, saw national service and rose from working-class backgrounds to play for clubs in their communities. None of this was, by itself, a guarantee of virtue, but in many respects it was a more appealing basis for the game than today’s hyper-commercialised avarice. Before Alexis Sánchez was wanted by Manchester United, Armfield was coveted by Matt Busby, but there the similarities end. Armfield played only for Blackpool, in 627 games from 1954-71, and won 43 England caps before managing Bolton Wanderers and Leeds and then forging a new career as an astute and unflappable commentator. The voice that millions will remember mainly from BBC radio was the sound of a time when the personalities of great footballers were formed by more than wealth and celebrity. With a greater span of life experiences - many forced on them - Armfield’s generation seemed more sure of who they were, or what they had come from, and that inner certainty furnished him with a voice that was calm and composed. Instinctively, all who knew or worked with him knew they were in the presence of someone with gravitas; who could not be bounced into easy opinions or cheap polemics. With the microphone, Armfield felt no compulsion to speak for effect. He would consider the evidence and weigh his opinion. In the delivery, he would be clear without ever straying into gratuitous denigration. In every word that left his mouth, you could hear him trying to understand it from the performer’s point of view: a depth of empathy that said he had seen and felt it all himself as a player and a manager. Jimmy Armfield at his beloved Bloomfield Road in 1963, the year after he played in the World Cup quarter-final against Brazil at Vina del Mar Credit: PA/PA Wire. And he had. All players have a story, even modern ones. Armfield had a history. There was as much social history in his biography as sporting insight (and there was plenty of that). Until illness drew him away, we were sharing space with someone who remembered wearing a gas mask in wartime, was evacuated from Denton in Manchester to Blackpool, learned to play on the sands and answered to a father who was an air raid warden and grocer’s assistant. All this while being a bit of a scamp at school before an appetite for running became the basis for a football career helped along by time in the Army team with many of the Busby Babes.   Time is precious with someone who invented the role of over-lapping full-back while playing with Stanley Matthews, and who was England captain in the run-up to 1966, before injury and George Cohen’s rise confined him to a squad role in the World Cup win over Germany. Armfield was remarkably sanguine about his absence from a defence that had become settled in his absence. Decades later he said: “I'n’t it better that we won?”  Jimmy Armfield, seventh left back row, with his England 1966 squad mates in their offcial Burton suits Credit: PA PHOTO But Sir Bobby Charlton, who called him ‘Mr Blackpool’ in a moving statement, was among his admirers. In his autobiography (‘My England Years’), Sir Bobby has Armfield in his all-time England XI. He writes: “Jimmy Armfield is preferred to George Cohen, not because I believe he could have performed any better than my World Cup team-mate, and according to [Sir Alf] Ramsey’s instincts certainly not, but simply because he was a superbly-rounded player of skill, and one of the first, and best, overlapping full-backs football has seen.” In his farewell, Charlton recalled “one of the most honest and genuine gentlemen I had the good fortune to meet.” Like Sir Bobby Robson, who also missed out in 1966, Armfield was revered for the way he conducted himself: an outmoded concept in today’s bunfight culture. By the law of opposites, it was appropriate that Armfield should take over from Brian Clough at Leeds, where he led them to a European Cup final. After the firebrand and revolutionary came the conciliator and listener. Later, management’s loss was journalism’s gain. Acquiring wisdom from all eras, Armfield carried the essential lessons of football with him. Whichever game he was looking at, in whichever era, he could see through hyperbole’s fog to the mental and psychological challenges being faced out on the field. This acute recognition of what was going on in a game was a gift to listeners. English football is spectacularly bad at utilising its great ex-players, but it knew enough to ask Armfield to canvas opinion in the 1990s on who the next England manager should be. Terry Venables and Glenn Hoddle both came with his recommendation. Perhaps nostalgia led many of us to see him as an exemplification of a time when footballers were recognisable, approachable and rooted in normal life. But he really was that man for all ages, for all parts of society, with the church organ as his soundtrack. He noticed the new brutalism, of course, but declined to place himself above it. "All things change and invariably it has been for the better, and yet I believe I might've lived at the best time,” was as far as he would go. There was no need for him to be trenchant. His wisdom and charm spoke more powerfully.

5 Farcical Moments As Henry Bolton Clings On As Ukip Leader

Henry Bolton is clinging on as Ukip leader despite a vote of no confidence from his party’s ruling committee in the aftermath of the controversy over racist comments made by his now ex-girlfriend about Meghan Markle.

5 Farcical Moments As Henry Bolton Clings On As Ukip Leader

Henry Bolton is clinging on as Ukip leader despite a vote of no confidence from his party’s ruling committee in the aftermath of the controversy over racist comments made by his now ex-girlfriend about Meghan Markle.

5 Farcical Moments As Henry Bolton Clings On As Ukip Leader

Henry Bolton is clinging on as Ukip leader despite a vote of no confidence from his party’s ruling committee in the aftermath of the controversy over racist comments made by his now ex-girlfriend about Meghan Markle.

5 Farcical Moments As Henry Bolton Clings On As Ukip Leader

Henry Bolton is clinging on as Ukip leader despite a vote of no confidence from his party’s ruling committee in the aftermath of the controversy over racist comments made by his now ex-girlfriend about Meghan Markle.

5 Farcical Moments As Henry Bolton Clings On As Ukip Leader

Henry Bolton is clinging on as Ukip leader despite a vote of no confidence from his party’s ruling committee in the aftermath of the controversy over racist comments made by his now ex-girlfriend about Meghan Markle.

Henry Bolton to fight on as Ukip leader despite revolt

Embattled Ukip leader Henry Bolton has resisted calls to quit, insisting that he was focusing on the fight for Brexit. Despite a vote of no confidence in his leadership by the party's national executive committee (NEC) and the resignation of a series of key figures, Mr Bolton insisted he would fight on.

Henry Bolton to fight on as Ukip leader despite revolt

Embattled Ukip leader Henry Bolton has resisted calls to quit, insisting that he was focusing on the fight for Brexit. Despite a vote of no confidence in his leadership by the party's national executive committee (NEC) and the resignation of a series of key figures, Mr Bolton insisted he would fight on.

Henry Bolton to fight on as Ukip leader despite revolt

Embattled Ukip leader Henry Bolton has resisted calls to quit, insisting that he was focusing on the fight for Brexit. Despite a vote of no confidence in his leadership by the party's national executive committee (NEC) and the resignation of a series of key figures, Mr Bolton insisted he would fight on.

Henry Bolton to fight on as Ukip leader despite revolt

Embattled Ukip leader Henry Bolton has resisted calls to quit, insisting that he was focusing on the fight for Brexit. Despite a vote of no confidence in his leadership by the party's national executive committee (NEC) and the resignation of a series of key figures, Mr Bolton insisted he would fight on.

Henry Bolton, the leader of UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) gives a statement in Folkestone

Henry Bolton, the leader of UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) gives a statement in Folkestone, Britain, January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Henry Bolton, the leader of UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) gives a statement in Folkestone

Henry Bolton, the leader of UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) gives a statement in Folkestone, Britain, January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Henry Bolton, the leader of UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) gives a statement in Folkestone

Henry Bolton, the leader of UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) gives a statement in Folkestone, Britain, January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Henry Bolton, the leader of UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) gives a statement in Folkestone

Henry Bolton, the leader of UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) gives a statement in Folkestone, Britain, January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

UKIP leader Henry Bolton at his party's annual conference last September. Now he is under increasing pressure to resign

Brexit Bulletin: Bolton and on and on

Henry Bolton refuses to quit as Ukip leader amid mass resignations

Henry Bolton: ‘I respect the next steps in the constitutional process and will therefore not be resigning as party leader.’

Henry Bolton refuses to quit as Ukip leader amid mass resignations

Henry Bolton Is Not Resigning As Ukip Leader And Says It's Time To 'Drain The Swamp'

Henry Bolton has vowed to fight on as Ukip leader despite a vote of no confidence from his party’s ruling committee and wave of frontbench resignations.

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