Tributes have poured in for the great Sir Tom Finney who died on Friday evening at the age of 91.
Finney is one of the greatest ever to lash on a pair of boots, having led Preston and England for well over a decade after the Second World War.
A brilliant winger, Finney made 433 appearances for Preston and scored 187 goals.
His stats for his country were hugely impressive as well, with Finney scoring 30 goals in 76 appearances.
Finney was the first player to be voted Footballer of the Year on two occasions, in 1954 and 1957, while he was knighted in 1998.
Gary Lineker was another England great, with 48 goals to his name, and he was quick to pay tribute to Finney.
Sir Tom Finney has left us. One of the greatest players this country has ever seen, and a true gentleman. #RIP— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 14, 2014
FIFA president Sepp Blatter wrote:
Finney was revered in the game and journalist David Wooding produced a comment from the great Liverpool manager Bill Shankly.
RIP footie legend Sir Tom Finney. As Bill Shankly once said: "He could play in his overcoat."— David Wooding (@DavidWooding) February 15, 2014
Sir Tom Finney,,Everyone who played with him or against him said that he was the greatest British player of all time.I agree,A lovely man!— Franny Lee (@FrannyLee7) February 15, 2014
Jeff Powell’s column in the Daily Mail has been devoted to Finney, and he has left the readers in no doubt how highly he regarded Preston’s finest son.
With a last shimmy of the hips, twinkle of the eye and straightening of his tie, the greatest of all English footballers has swerved down the wing to immortality.
The mother country of the world game has lost its finest ever player. Period.
This nation has lost the artisan who became our greatest living Englishman.
Finney was born in Preston and retained strong links with the town and club throughout his life.
Preston’s Deepdale Stadium is on Sir Tom Finney Way, while the West Stand was renamed the Sir Tom Finney Stand in 1995.
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