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RIP Sir Tom, a true legend. Too young to have seen you play, but my old man always said you were the best. My nan once won a mini in a raffle and you presented it to her, we still have the photo. Preston, football and the world in general is a sadder place for your passing

Jay Carlisle 

I only saw him play once: in a cup tie in his last year. He could still beat the best of the rest, he could still shrug off tackles and run rings round the fastest. His passing was perfect and his positional play better than anyone.
"Give it to Finney" was the cry around Deepdale. When they did, Preston moved forward.
He was the best.
May God put him on the right wing.

Peter Herbert 

Tom was in trouble for attending a sports function as guest of honour. Not that he had done anything wrong, but he wasn't well and his family had insisted he wasn't well enough to attend, with which I would have agreed. This was a rather low key table tennis event for under 11s. However, Sir Tom kept his word where most would have admitted defeat and Sir Tom spoke to children and parents freely, signed autographs and presented medals.
Just one of thousands of memories of proud Prestonians who know that this hero was not only one of the world's greatest footballers ever and that he also had a heart of gold consistently demonstrating modesty and commitment to Preston and his fans.
A truly great man and simply the best ever Prestonian.

Mark Noblet 

I wrote on here for your 90th and it is with regret I'm writing now to pass on condolences.

You have now got the best seat in the house.

Sleep well.

Rest in Peace

Paul Whelan 

RIP to a true footballing legend. Lets hope your spirit watches over Preston North End as you did when you were alive.My son and I are firm supporters and our sympathies are with your family at this sad time. God Bless and God rest Sir Tom you will be missed. xxxx

Royston and Bobby Smith 

Sir Tom, fond memories of your kindness and help during the early part of my journalistic career covering PNE for Red Rose Radio almost 30 years ago. And then,, meeting up again in 2007 when made the long trip to Staffordshire to support our mutual friend Bert Williams MBE at the the launch of his brilliant book. Both gone within a month of each other. RIP both, true legends, true gentlemen.

Ian Winter 

A real gentleman. I worked with him on 3 occasions only in my career and when I next saw him a few months later, he remembered me by my first name before I had even said anything - and that was him saying hello across the Booth's car park in Preston. It humbled me! I recently lost on the TV programme Mastermind and Sir Tom was to be my next subject had I advanced to the semi-finals. I saw wish that I could have achieved this just to honour is memory. I agree with the late, great Bill Shankly that no one stood in the class of Sir Tom Finney. May he now rest in peace.

Stephen Dempsey 

A true gentleman who will be sadly missed, a credit to the club and the town RIP


It's with great sadness that I heard of your passing tonight. May you find peace

Not being a Prestonian by birth though the son of one and having lived and worked here for 25 plus years I understand your connection with this now City You have given it such pride and certainly helped maintained the PP in Proud Preston

RIP Sir Tom


What a glorious life! As a fellow Proud Prestonian I can say that I'm grateful for your long life. As a boy back in the early 60's I was in awe of you then as I always will be. Rest in peace dear Tom Finney. Preston will always be proud of you.

Richard Valentine 

0.0 1.0 904 904 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 Fan Tributes