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Sir Tom condolence books presented to Finney family

Books of condolence in honour of Sir Tom Finney have been leather bound and presented to his family.

Sir Tom, who made 472 appearances for Preston North End and played 76 times for England, died in February at the age of 91.

Brian Finney, son of Sir Tom, collected the five books from the Mayor of Preston, Cllr Nick Promfret.

Sir Tom's family accept the Books of Condolence.

“The books of condolence represent the great sadness that enveloped not only this city, but the footballing world, when the news came through that Sir Tom had passed away. “Now those wonderful comments, memories and tributes to Sir Tom can be treasured by his family forever."

– Cllr Nick Promfret, Mayor of Preston.

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Football League award named for Sir Tom Finney

Sir Tom will have an award named in his honour Credit: PA

The Football League is renaming its annual outstanding career award in honour of Sir Tom Finney.

Sir Tom, who was a Preston North End and England legend, died last month at the age of 91.

The first recipient of the newly named award will be retired Bournemouth player, Steve Fletcher. He will receive the award on Sunday night.

Retired player Steve Fletcher will be the award's first recipient Credit: PA

Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of the Football League, said: "Sir Tom Finney's talent, loyalty and commitment marked him out as a truly exceptional player and a model professional."

"We are delighted to name this award in his honour and present it to those players that, like Sir Tom, set standards that others aspire to."

Sir Tom Finney's family 'overwhelmed' by tributes

The family of Preston North End legend Sir Tom Finney have released a statement, thanking people for the kindness and support they have received.

Tom Finney holds up the Footballer of the Year trophy in 1957 Credit: PA

They said:“We would like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who has shown us such kindness and support and shared in our sorrow over these past two weeks.

Tributes to Sir Tom Finney Credit: Granada Reports

“We have been truly overwhelmed by the warm tributes, touching comments and heartfelt messages of condolence. A great comfort at the saddest of times.

“The people from here in the proud city of Preston to right across our nation and overseas and to all those involved with Preston North End FC and the football community at large.

Fans applauded the funeral cortege of Sir Tom Finney as it went past Deepdale Credit: PA

“The wonderful turn-out for the civic funeral service epitomised just what dad meant to everyone and he, like us, would have found it a humbling experience."

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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

Campaign for a Sir Tom Finney Museum gathers steam

The former home of the National Football Museum in Preston. Credit: Adam McClean, ITV Granada

A campaign to open a museum dedicated to Sir Tom Finney has gathered steam on Facebook.

More than 13,000 people would like to see it opened in the former home of the National Football Museum at Deepdale Stadium.

The old museum behind Sir Tom Finney's statue at Deepdale. Credit: Adam McClean, ITV Granada

The building has been closed to the public since the museum moved to Manchester in 2012.

The last traces of the building's previous life as a museum.. Credit: Adam McClean, ITV Granada
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