On the eve of the first anniversary of Sir Tom Finney's death, his son Brian says his family is overwhelmed by the show of support from the people of Preston. Sir Tom passed away on February 14th 2014, aged 91. He made 76 appearances for England and more than 400 for his home town club Preston North End.
Sir Tom Finney’s son Brian will join England manager Roy Hodgson at Deepdale to make the draw for the FA Cup quarter-finals.
The draw will take place ahead of Preston’s fifth round tie against Manchester United on February 16, two days after the first anniversary of Sir Tom’s death.
Preston legend Sir Tom made over 430 appearances for the Deepdale club and won 76 England caps.
He died on February 14 last year.
A special ceremony is being held later to mark the life of football legend Sir Tom Finney. An oak tree will be planted in his memory at Hoghton Tower in Lancashire. The England and Preston star died in February aged 91.
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.
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.
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."
There has been a minute's applause at Wembley tonight, in honour of Sir Tom Finney.
England players joined in ahead of the international friendly against Denmark.
The family of Preston North End legend Sir Tom Finney have released a statement, thanking people for the kindness and support they have received.
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.
“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.
“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."
Thousands of fans have lined the route of Sir Tom Finney's funeral cortege in Preston.
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.”