Thousands line streets for Sir Tom Finney's funeral in Preston

Thousands of people are have lined the streets for the civic funeral of the former England winger Sir Tom Finney in Preston. Manchester United director Sir Bobby Charlton and FA director Sir Trevor Brooking were among the mourners.

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Preston fans say emotional goodbye to Finney

Preston North End fans said an emotional farewell to Sir Tom Finney this afternoon as thousands gathered in the stands at the club's stadium to watch his funeral service.

Fans sing along during the service which was broadcast live to fans at Deepdale Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

The ceremony was broadcast live to Deepdale from Preston Minster, where hundreds of guests - including some of British football's great and good - united to pay their respects.

A woman in a Preston North End shirt appears tearful as the service is shown Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA


Sir Tom Finney's coffin leaves Preston Minster

Sir Tom Finney's coffin has left Preston Minster after a service attended by 600 invited guests, including the football legend's former England colleagues Sir Bobby Charlton and Jimmy Armfield.

Thousands more watched on outside and at Preston North End's Deepdale stadium as a town paid tributes to one of the nation's greatest-ever players.

Jimmy Armfield pays tribute to 'local boy done good'

Fellow footballing icon Jimmy Armfield is among the speakers at Sir Tom Finney's funeral in Preston today, describing him as "the classic case of the local boy done good".

The former Blackpool right-back is paying tribute alongside a number of figures from the game, including Sir Bobby Charlton and the current Preston North End staff.

Jimmy Armfield pays tribute to his friend and former England colleague Sir Tom Finney Credit: ITV News

Crowds have amassed at Preston's Deepdale stadium to watch the service, while thousands are also lining the streets to pay their respects.

Sir Tom's image can be seen in the stands at Deepdale Credit: ITV News

A floral tribute from FIFA, the international football federation, offers a tribute to a player described as one of the game's greatest.

A floral tribute from FIFA at the service in Preston Credit: PA


Preston captain: Finney an inspiration to players

Preston North End's captain has described Sir Tom Finney as an "inspiration to every player who appeared for the club".

Current Preston North End manager Simon Grayson, left, and club captain John Welsh, right, outside Preston Minster Credit: ITV News

Speaking alongside him on their arrival at Preston Minster, manager Simon Grayson added: "It's a sad day but one which we should celebrate what he achieved.

"He was a humble person. I was privileged to meet him."

Moyes among United figures at Finney funeral

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.

David Moyes, formerly manager of Preston, speaks to the media outside Preston Minster Credit: ITV News
Former England and Manchester United star Sir Bobby Charlton, centre, arrives for the service Credit: ITV News
Former Manchester United boss Tommy Docherty speaks outside as crowds await the arrival of Sir Tom Finney's cortege Credit: ITV News

Sir Trevor Brooking leads tributes to 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.

Trevor Brooking speaks to the press in Preston about a "great player" Credit: ITV News

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.

The funeral cortege will pass through the streets from Preston's Deepdale stadium to Preston Minster for the ceremony. Credit: ITV News
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