Stats and Facts

  Appearances Goals
Preston North End – League 433 187
Preston North End – FA Cup 40 23
England Internationals 76 30
The Football League 17 7
Career Total 566 247
  • Scored on both his Preston and England debuts
  • Scored on his England debuts at outside-right, outside-left and centre forward
  • Scored on his Preston debuts in all five forward positions
  • Made 71 appearances in Division 2 (now The Championship) and scored 23 goals
  • Scored in eight consecutive Preston appearances in 1957-58
  • Played for England in 21 countries against 23 different teams
  • His only hat-trick was for England in 1950 against Portugal in Lisbon when scored four of England’s five goals in a 5-3 victory
  • His best League season for goals was 26 in 1957-8
  • His best season total was 28 league and cup goals in 1956-7
  • Scored 35 penalties for Preston and missed 11
  • His worst run without scoring was 12 games in 1949-50
  • Scored against 42 different teams in the league
  • His best scoring record against any team was 11 against Manchester City, followed by 10 against Bolton, Portsmouth and Sheffield Wednesday
  • Scored most penalties (four) against each of Spurs and Bolton
  • Scored six goals in total for England against Portugal and five against Wales
  • Set an England scoring record with 30 goals
  • Was the first person to be voted ‘Footballer of the Year’ twice, in 1954 and 1957
  • Wrote two books – ‘Finney on Football’ and ‘Football Around The World’
  • Had a play written about his life that was performed in Preston
  • Won a Second Division Champions medal in 1950-1
  • Won League Championship runners-up medals in 1953 and 1958
  • Won FA Cup runners-up medal in 1954
  • Appeared at Wembley in 16 internationals, one FA Cup final and one Wartime Cup final.
  • Was awarded the OBE in 1961
  • Was knighted at Buckingham Palace in 1998
  • Was inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame in 2002
  • Sir Tom is the current Preston North End President
  • Sir Tom unveiled the water feature sculpture ‘The Splash’ outside Deepdale in 2004. The sculpture is inspired by the 1956 Sports Photograph of the Year which features Tom Finney beating two defenders at a waterlogged Stamford Bridge.
  • Finney’s face was replicated into seats of the first of the new stands – The Tom Finney Stand – at Deepdale in 1996