RIP Tommy, I remember lying in bed at the old Preston Royal Infirmary, just after Christmas 1950, I'd been knocked down by a car going to Choir Practice and my mum and dad had let you know that I was very iill, they knew all of your family your sisters especially. You came to see me and being the man you was ended up going round every bed in the children's ward.
You were the best footballer I've ever seen. The way you dipped your shoulder and sent full backs the wrong way, of all the great goals you scored with either foot, I can still vividly remember you out jumping Sunderlands centre half Charlie Hurley and powering a header into the net at the Kop end. Not many 6ft centre halves could out jump Hurley. That's why people would travel to watch you play. Simply the BestDave Croft
I had the pleasure of spending an hour and a half with Sir Tom driving to a Fairtrade event where he was guest of honour.
Here was a legend sitting next to me in my car but he just wanted to know about me and what I did for a living. That is the humility of the man. A world famous legend and he wanted to know about me!Andy Mellor
It is with great sadness to hear of the demise of Sir Tom.
One of my proud moments in life was meeting you at one of the Preston North End games. I was then the President of The Hamilton & District Soccer Association in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
You were a great asset to Football.
Bill RutlidgeWilliam Rutlidge
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