Dear Sir Tom,
I have just returned to my home in Corona Califonia after coming to Preston for your magnificent funeral. Sir Tom I was at your first game on August 31 st 1946 against Leeds United. You are the greatest footballer, sportman and gentleman this world has ever seen. I watched you play many times for North End and England we will never see the likes of you again. I had the great pleasure of meeting you three times with my daughter and her family
and my son and his wife. I had the pleasure to meet your son Brian the day after your funeral. Rest in peace Sir Tom I will never forget you.Brian Statter
As a schoolboy Tom Finney was my hero and the player I always pretended to be when I played on the wing. I only had the pleasure of seeing him play twice (against Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup when we drew the first leg in Bristol and then I travelled to Preston to watch the great man totally demoralise us in the replay. What a player and what a gentleman. If only present day players could play with his skill and fair play! RIP Sir Tom.Terry Langley
My dad took me on PNE to see the the legend that was Tom Finney, unfortunately it was the game against Chelsea when we were beaten 5-4 and a certain Jimmy Greaves scored all 5 goals for Chelsea. Being a boy of around 6 years old and not having an allegiance to any football club all I talked about on our way home was Mr Greaves. I was too young to appreciate the Jewel that was Sir Tom but......I can always say, and say with pride, I saw Tom Finney play!Stan Vardy
You were a wonderful role model, who used your special talent as a footballer to your best ability, and you always seemed to make people that you met feel special.
I am fortunate to be able to say that I saw you play for North End; thanks for the memories
John OatridgeJohn Oatridge
You certainly put the proud into Preston. Never to be forgotten and a legend in every sense of the word. Im sure you'll be watching from above. Rest in PeaceSimon Grundy
I had the pleasure of watching Sir Tom for many seasons & at wembley. I meet him once or twice, at one time i played for british rail in the local thursday league. Sir tom & joe marston came to watch us on ashton park,(joe lived next door to us) At the end of the game Sir Tom said for a goalkeeper you need to gain about a stone in weight. Sir TOm at 73yrs I can now tell you i\'ve managed it. R.I.P Sir Tom You helped to form my early life. Sadley Missed Never forgotten
Keith Garlick East AngliaKeith Garlick
What can I say? The way the town came together yesterday was truly unbelievable (except I wasn't surprised, if that makes sense!)
Well deserved too. What a man, in every sense. You were just "always there", a beacon of pride, throughout my life.
Thank you.David Mather
Sir Tom - a true legend and lovely man you will be missed by the people of Preston. Good night God bless. The Thompson Family xNicola Thompson
Rip sir tom I hope the team do u proud this season and get promoted and dedicate it to uStephen wearden
I've always wanted to meet you, now I know that I will never ever do.
You have left us in this February night , making it sad and leaving us helpless in the face of tragic news .
I've never met you, I've never seen you play football , but I always had the feeling to know you, your reassuring smile welcomed me at Deepdale , the statue dedicated to you to honor your greatness made me look at it was enough to feel close to you.
I like to think you now find yourself in heaven where perhaps many old mates, perhaps even the Invincibles and you will have fun together as in the days when the " Football was Football" kicking a ball , maybe a cloud ..
These are words that come from my heart , it does not need many , in times like these better silence even with prayers to you and your family , dear Tom , let me call you that because , without wanting to fall in rhetoric , I feel like it's failed a friend, because in my heart I have always loved you , I always thought of you as a great player , a legend of Preston North End , my team , but mostly I've always considered you a great man.
Leave a huge void , today your fans greet you with all the honors you deserve , those fans who have loved you and will love you forever.
There were moments of pain and emotion , but maybe in the end it will be right to play on, to cheer North End, hope to win , never abandon PNE , just like you did.
I curse the fact of living in Italy , I wish I was there now in front of your statue , as I would be at Deepdale to give a final farewell to applaud in your memory with pride and a few tears that I certainly would fall on my face.
I'll be there with my heart , I will not fail .
I'll leave you ideally , waiting to do it in person , a lilywhite , white as the shirt you wore with honor and pride.
Rest in Peace Tom , Rest in Peace Legend.Sergio Conor Adam