Football legend Sir Tom Finney has died at the age of 91. The star spent his whole career with Preston North End and was nicknamed the Preston Plumber, a nickname he got from his father who insisted he learn the family trade as an apprentice before turning pro. .
He won 76 caps and scored 30 goals for England while the winger scored 210 goals for Preston and was Footballer of the Year in 1954 and 1957 becoming the first person to land the award twice.
He was knighted in 1998 and was England’s oldest living international before his death.
Gary Lineker was one of the people who paid tribute to the former footballer on his Twitter page saying,
“Sir Tom Finney has left us. One of the greatest players this country has ever seen, and a true gentleman. #RIP.”
While former Everton footballer Peter Reid wrote: “Sir Tom Finney, gentleman. Proper footballer.”
Preston North End said the club had found out about the “extremely sad news” of the legend’s death and said in a statement of their long-serving player: “Sir Tom was the greatest player to ever play for Preston North End and one of the all time greats for England. The thoughts of everyone at the Club, and those connected with it, are with his family at this time.”
Sir Tom served as the club’s president at Preston North End in his later life and the Deepdale stadium is situated on Sir Tom Finney Way while the ground’s old West Stand was renamed the Sir Tom Finney stand in 1995 and his image is on its seats
He is survived by his two children, Brian and Barbara, from his marriage to Elsie Noblett, who died from Alzheimer’s in 2004.
My condolences are with all his loved ones at this sad time especially his two children. May he rest in peace.