Football legend Sir Tom Finney set to receive fitting send-off

Sir Tom Finney died at the age of 91 earlier this month. Credit: PA Wire

It has been nearly two weeks since Sir Tom Finney died and almost every day fellow football greats, fans and lovers of the game worldwide have paid tribute to the former Preston and England footballer.

Supporters applauded and chanted Sir Tom's name from Anfield and Old Trafford to Bloomfield Road and Gresty Road. Young and old united in remembering a true legend of the game.

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The day after Sir Tom's death was announced Preston played at home. Many fans arrived at Deepdale early to lay flowers, shirts, bobble hats at the 'Splash' statue of Sir Tom that is a permanent tribute outside the ground.

Then for a minute they stood in silence in memory of him. Not just as a player, but as Mr Preston.

He was a true son of Preston who stayed loyal to the club, then supported the city and its charities for many years after he retired.

Sir Tom Finney won 76 caps for England and played for Preston North End for his entire career. Credit: PA Wire

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A book of condolence at Preston City Council has been signed by more than 7,500 people - many with their own personal recollection of him.

Today the city will formally say goodbye as thousands line the streets for Sir Tom's funeral.

The cortège will begin its journey outside Deepdale where he made his name and just a street from the house in which he was born.

A big screen will show the service inside the ground for fans who can't then make it to the city centre.

Tribute to Sir Tom Finney outside Deepdale, Preston. Credit: PA Wire

It will then slowly make its way along the road named after him, Sir Tom Finney Way, before heading into the city centre where he had once paraded through on an open top bus with his Preston team mates.

Then it arrives at the Minster where his family will be joined by former team mates, football greats and civic leaders.

It will be a day when Preston will come to a standstill to honour the finest player to wear the club's shirt.

A legend of the game given a fitting send off by the city he did so much for.

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