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.
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.
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 for the funeral of Preston North End legend Sir Tom Finney have begun arriving at Preston Minster.
Fellow knight Sir Bobby Charlton is expected to join Jimmy Armfield and Tommy Docherty at the service.
Sir Tom's coffin will be carried by former and present Preston players and staff.
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."
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
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.”
Simon Grayson, Alan Kelly, John Welsh, Joe Garner, Graeme Alexander and Ian Bryson will carry the coffin of Sir Tom Finney tomorrow.
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."
North End boss also says: "to play that role is something which truly makes me proud to be the manager of this great Club.”