Civic funeral for Sir Tom Finney

A civic funeral will be held for former England and Preston North End footballer Sir Tom Finney, who died this week aged 91.

Last Updated: 18/02/14 at 19:23 Post Comment

Sir Tom Finney, died aged 91

Sir Tom Finney, died aged 91

A civic funeral will be held for former England and Preston North End footballer Sir Tom Finney, who died this week aged 91, it has been announced.

The forward made 433 appearances for PNE between 1946 and 1960, and won 76 caps for his country, scoring 30 goals.

Preston City Council has announced plans to hold a civic funeral at Preston Minster for Sir Tom - nicknamed the "Preston Plumber" after completing an apprenticeship with his family's plumbing business - in the town on February 27.

It will be followed by a private service for his family, the council added.

Two books of condolence have been opened, and the campaign to hold a civic funeral received a staggering 10,000 likes on Facebook.

Leader of the council, Peter Rankin, said: "It is difficult to believe Sir Tom has died.

"He is probably the most important Prestonian that has ever lived and we are all deeply saddened at the news of his death. All our thoughts are with Sir Tom's family at this difficult time. Sir Tom was a role model for all.

"A true gentleman and an ambassador not just for football but for the City of Preston and indeed England as a whole. Sir Tom was and is a true football legend. His like will never be seen again.

"Whilst the people of Preston are in mourning now, we must give thanks for the wonderful life of Sir Tom Finney and the legacy that he leaves.

"Rest in Peace Sir Tom, you have done us all proud."

A statue outside the stadium's National Football Museum depicts a famous image of Sir Tom splashing through a puddle during a game at Chelsea in 1956.

Several former and current stars paid tribute following the death of Sir Tom, who was knighted in the 1998 Queen's New Year Honours list.

Sir Bobby Charlton said: "Sir Tom Finney was one of the greatest footballers there has ever been - he was the type of player that people would travel a long way to see."

The late Bill Shankly, a former team-mate of Sir Tom's who himself made 297 appearances with Preston North End before going on to huge success as Liverpool manager, is quoted as saying that, if pressed, he would say Sir Tom was "the best player ever born".

And the late Sir Stanley Matthews, who is the only English footballer ever to be knighted while still playing, once said of Sir Tom: "To dictate the pace and course of a game, a player has to be blessed with awesome qualities.

"Those who have accomplished it on a regular basis can be counted on the fingers of one hand - Pele, Maradona, Best, Di Stefano, and Tom Finney."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew - It's mass hysteria

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Cardiff caretaker managers Danny Gabbidon and Scott Young sound rallying call

Cardiff caretaker managers Danny Gabbidon and Scott Young are calling for focus ahead of Saturday's trip to Derby.

Premier League: Manchester City's Fernandinho wants win over Chelsea

Fernandinho wants Manchester City to close the gap on Chelsea with victory over the Premier League leaders on Sunday.

Europa League: Everton boss Roberto Martinez delighted with 4-1 win over Wolfsburg

Roberto Martinez was delighted with Everton's display as they brushed aside Wolfsburg to win 4-1 in the Europa League.

Mail Box

No, Wenger IS To Blame For Failure...

The backlash to the backlash to the backlash sees Arsene Wenger getting a good kicking while we also have mails on Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and lots more...

Why Doesn't Rodgers Play Borini?

One Liverpool supporter thinks this could be Fabio Borini's year, whilst we also have thoughts on the Red Bulls, Welbeck vs Gervinho and Paul Lambert's new deal...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property