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Tom Finney

15 February 2014

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Minutes applause today

There will be a minutes applause today prior to the Barnsley game in memory of England legend Sir Tom Finney

Footballing legend Sir Tom Finney, who spent his entire career with Preston North End, has died aged 91.

Sir Tom - nicknamed the Preston Plumber - was one of the finest talents the country has ever produced.

A gifted winger, he won 76 caps and scored 30 goals for England, utilising his brilliant technique, burst of pace and eye for goal.

His tally for Preston included 210 goals from 473 games over 14 seasons and he led the club to promotion from the old second division.

He was Footballer of the Year in 1954 and 1957 - the first person to land the award twice.

Sir Tom played on the right but swapped flanks so Stanley Matthews could get into the England team.

He earned his nickname from his father who insisted he learn the family trade as an apprentice before turning pro.

Liverpool legend Bill Shankly, who played with Sir Tom at Preston, once said: “Tom Finney would have been great in any team, in any match and in any age ... even if he had been wearing an overcoat.”

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