Football Tributes

Tom Finney would have been great in any team, in any match and in any age… even if he had been wearing an overcoat.

Bill Shankly
Former PNE Player and Liverpool Manager

To dictate the pace and course of a game, a player has to be blessed with awesome qualities. Those who have accomplished it on a regular basis can be counted on the fingers of one hand – Pelé, Maradona, Best, Di Stefano, and Tom Finney.

Sir Stanley Matthews
England, Blackpool and Stoke City

If you’re as good as Tom Finney was, you don’t have to tell anybody.

Bobby Moore
England 1966 World Cup Winning Captain


Sir Tom Finney was one of the greatest footballers there has ever been; he was the type of player that people would travel a long way to see.

He’s a great man and has contributed so much to football, especially in the Preston area. They love him there.

I’m a good personal friend of Tom’s and he is very well liked in the game. He was a fantastic player – one of the world’s top players without question.

Sir Bobby Charlton
Manchester United and England legend


My first experience of Sir Tom Finney is not one of joy – as I stood on the terraces of Hampden Park and watched him giving one of my heroes in the Scotland team, Sammy Cox, a roasting. Winding forward all these years and actually meeting the man restores any lost faith you might have in humanity as he is such a wonderful person and so humble. Why can’t we all be like that? A credit to the town of Preston, his football club and his family – well done, Sir Tom.

Sir Alex Ferguson, CBE
Manager, Manchester United


Sir Tom was a great help to me in the early stages of my management career. He has an incredible passion for the game and he is somebody I have got great admiration for. There is no doubt he was one of the greatest players, but to me he is also a great man.

David Moyes
Manager, PNE 1998-2002

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