Funeral for Preston football legend Sir Tom Finney

Preston football legend Sir Tom Finney will be laid to rest today.

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Moyes among United figures at Finney funeral

Manchester United manager David Moyes has joined club legend Sir Bobby Charlton and former manager Tommy Docherty among the guests at the funeral of Sir Tom Finney.

David Moyes, formerly manager of Preston, speaks to the media outside Preston Minster
David Moyes, formerly manager of Preston, speaks to the media outside Preston Minster Credit: ITV News
Former England and Manchester United star Sir Bobby Charlton, centre, arrives at Preston Minister
Former England and Manchester United star Sir Bobby Charlton, centre, arrives for the service Credit: ITV News
Former Manchester United boss Tommy Docherty outside as crowds await the arrival of Sir Tom Finney's cortege
Former Manchester United boss Tommy Docherty speaks outside as crowds await the arrival of Sir Tom Finney's cortege Credit: ITV News

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Sir Trevor Brooking leads tributes to Sir Tom Finney

Sir Trevor Brooking has joined a number of figures from the football world paying tribute to Preston North End and England icon Sir Tom Finney.

Trevor Brooking speaks to the press in Preston
Trevor Brooking speaks to the press in Preston about a "great player" Credit: ITV News

Sir Trevor told ITV News' Richard Frediani: "It's 50 years since he played but today's turnout is a tribute to what he meant. He was a great player for Preston and England."

Fans and mourners have lined the streets to pay tribute to their local hero ahead of the ceremony, which will kick off at 1pm on Thursday afternoon.

Mourners line the streets as they prepare for Sir Tom Finney's funeral cortege to pass
The funeral cortege will pass through the streets from Preston's Deepdale stadium to Preston Minster for the ceremony. Credit: ITV News
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Sir Tom Finney 'was the Lionel Messi of his day'

by Richard Frediani, ITV News
Jimmy Armfield, left, with Sir Tom Finney in 2007. Credit: Empics

Former England captain Jimmy Armfield and ex team mate Tommy Docherty will lead the tributes at the funeral today of Preston North End legend Sir Tom Finney.

Armfield, who played for Preston's rivals Blackpool, was a close friend of Sir Tom.

Ahead of the service at Preston Minster he said: “Finney, in my opinion, is one of the really great footballers that this country has produced.''

Tommy Docherty played in the same Preston side as the North End forward.

He added: "Tom Finney was the Lionel Messi of his day. He was the greatest ever."

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Thousands expected to turn out for Sir Tom's funeral

Sir Tom Finney Credit: PA

Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets of Preston for the funeral of footballing legend Sir Tom Finney.He passed away at the age of 91 earlier this month. There will be a civic funeral at 1.00pm at Preston Minster which will be broadcast at Deepdale Stadium.

Click here for details of how to get tickets. This will be followed by a private interment service for Sir Tom’s family.

The funeral cortege will pass through the streets of the city before the funeral. The timings are as follows:

Start at Preston North End, Deepdale Stadium at approximately 12pm before moving along Sir Tom Finney Way and Deepdale Road

Right on to Ringway

Then left on to Tithebarn Street, in front of Preston Bus Station

Right on to Lord Street

Left on to Lancaster Roadleft onto Church Street, arriving at Preston Minster

Map of the route

Names of pall bearers announced for funeral of Sir Tom Finney

Sir Tom Finney will be given a civic funeral tomorrow Credit: PA Images

Some of the most iconic names associated with Preston North End will carry Sir Tom Finney’s coffin into the Preston Minster Church tomorrow.

The six individuals chosen are; current North End manager Simon Grayson, goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly, Club captain John Welsh and lifelong Preston fan Joe Garner.

Those four will act as pall bearers along with two iconic footballing figures of recent years at Deepdale, Graeme Alexander an Ian Bryson.

The family of Sir Tom Finney asked Preston North End to choose the six men and the Club feels proud and privileged to have such an honour bestowed on them.

Manager Simon Grayson said: “For me it is a huge honour and a privilege to be asked to be a pall bearer and it is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

“Just to be at the church would have been something to behold, but to be able to play that role is something which truly makes me proud to be the manager of this great Club.”

Pall bearers announced for Finney funeral

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Simon Grayson, Alan Kelly, John Welsh, Joe Garner, Graeme Alexander and Ian Bryson will carry the coffin of Sir Tom Finney tomorrow.

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Grayson: “a huge honour and a privilege to be asked to be a pall bearer and it is something that I will cherish the rest of my life."

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North End boss also says: "to play that role is something which truly makes me proud to be the manager of this great Club.”

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