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."