Sir Tom Remembered
As a former journalist I was fortunate enough to meet and interview Sir Tom Finney a number of times.
Sir Tom made a point of making himself available to the local media which he seemed to genuinely enjoy supporting, and many journalists have fond memories of listening to his extraordinary recollections.
At the time it was easy to forget you were talking to one of our greatest ever footballers – a true sporting hero and legend whose achievements and reputation eclipses any modern player.
No sports cars, flashy clothes and an entourage – this was simply Sir Tom, ready with a handshake and a smile and happy to help out a young reporter.
What always came across was his honesty, integrity and his sheer down-to-earth passion for the game, his club, and for Preston.
Today the city has schools, sports centres and streets named after him to ensure his legacy will live on for generations to come, and I’m sure his name will continue to inspire many young footballers.
Sir Tom was born within earshot of Deepdale, and today’s funeral will see his life go full circle, a fitting send off for a working-class man who stayed true to his roots all his life.