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Updated 18/02/14: Tributes To Sir Tom

18 February 2014

Following the sad news of the passing of Preston North End legend Sir Tom Finney, social media tributes have been pouring in for the great man.

Here, PNE.Com collates just a fraction of those tributes...

"I just landed and heard the sad news that Sir Tom Finney had passed away. I was lucky enough to have met him when I was on loan at Preston and he was not just an England great but a true gentleman. My thoughts are with his family."
David Beckham, PNE 1994/95

Joseph S Blatter ‏@SeppBlatter
Very sad news that Sir Tom Finney is no longer with us. Had privilege of watching @pnefc man play at 1954 WC. ‏@FIFAcom 
"He was the type of player that people would travel a long way to see." - Sir Bobby Charlton on Sir Tom Finney

Michael Vaughan ‏@MichaelVaughan
Another National Sporting treasure leaves us today ... #RIPSirTom 

Ian McCulloch ‏@bigmc147
You couldn't wish to meet a more selfless and humble man than Sir Tom. Sad day for the people of Preston #RIPSirTom #legend

Ian McCulloch ‏@bigmc147
Remember the first time I met Sir Tom at County Hall. He shook my hand & said "hello Ian how are you?" I was lost for words #RIPSirTom

Piers Morgan ‏@piersmorgan
RIP Sir Tom Finney - 433 appearances for Preston North End, 187 goals. Never played for any other Club. Amazing talent, amazing loyalty.

Gary Lineker ‏@GaryLineker
Sir Tom Finney has left us. One of the greatest players this country has ever seen, and a true gentleman. #RIP

The FA ‏@FA
The FA is saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Tom Finney, one of England's all-time greatest players who won 76 caps. He was 91.

Henry Winter ‏@henrywinter 
RIP Sir Tom Finney, footballing great & humble man.

Kevin Kilbane ‏@kdkilbane77
I'm proud to say I grew up on the same street as Sir Tom Finney. Very sad to hear of his passing. #RIPSirTom #theprestonplumber

Sean St Ledger ‏@seanstledger12
@seanstledger12: Absolute pleasure and honour to meet the man Sir Tom finney in my time @pnefc #RIPSirTom #legend

Richard Frediani ‏@FredianiITV
Sir Tom Finney spoke with great pride about club and city. Deepdale will have one empty seat for Preston's greatest. #pnefc #RIPSirTom

Richard Frediani ‏@FredianiITV
I was honoured to have spent the day with Sir Tom Finney and his family when he was knighted by the Queen. A lovely man. #RIPSirTom #pnefc

Danny Higginbotham ‏@Higginbotham05
Was only down at Deep dale the other week and the walls were full of Tom finney pictures. To say he was a legend is an understatement #RIP

Brian O'Neil ‏@brianoneil1972
The words "legend" and "great" are often used cheaply, but in the life of Sir Tom Finney they don't come close to describing him. #PNE #RIP

Lancashire FA ‏@LancashireFA
One of this great county's football legends has finally left the field of play.God bless you Sir Tom Finney and may you rest in peace.  #RIP

Gary Brazil ‏@GazBraz
Very sad to hear of the passing of Sir Tom Finney. A true legend and wonderfully humble man.

Dave Seddon ‏@Sedds_lep
A stand, a road, a school and a pub are all named after Sir Tom, and there is his magnificent splash statue. He won't be forgotten.

richard askam ‏@richaskam
Met Sir Tom several times. Always an absolute pleasure. A true gentleman who was known and loved by so many in his home town and beyond

Kevin Davies ‏@Kevin__Davies
Tonight we have lost a footballing Legend. A true gent and a loyal servant to his beloved PNE. RIP Sir Tom Finney

Danny Dichio ‏@DannyDichio
Had the pleasure in meeting the great man himself while I was playing for PNE. A wonderful man & true Legend!
RIP Sir Tom Finney

Bailey Wright ‏@baileywright92
Sad to hear the news about a true legend of not only pne, but a true legend in the world of football! RIP Sir Tom Finney!

michael owen ‏@themichaelowen
Sad to hear of the passing of one of England's greatest ever players, Sir Tom Finney. R.I.P.

Scott Laird ‏@lairdy03
Sad to hear the news of Sir Tom Finney, a true pne and footballing legend. 

Iain Hume ‏@Humey_7
Just heard the news about Sir Tom Finney! Devastating! Had the pleasure to meet him a few yrs ago, he's an #AbsoluteLegend #RIPSirTom ....

Stan Collymore ‏@StanCollymore
Rest In Peace Sir Tom. The Lion of Lions. A more talented English player of Association you'll not find. An English icon. Thank you.

john welsh ‏@jwelsh08 
Saddened to hear about the passing of Sir Tom Finney a legend of the English game,am sure he'll get a great send off at tomorrow's game #pne ‏@leponline
Sad to hear that Sir Tom Finney has passed away - A true football legend and gentleman #RIPSirTom #pnefc

John Kelly ‏@catterallwhite
#RIPSirTom #prestonlegend Simply the best footballer that ever has or ever will wear the shirt of Preston North End.

Kate Sneddon ‏@ktesneddon 
RIP Sir Tom Finney was a great pleasure to have met him, one of the greatest players my dad says he ever played with and a gentleman x

Alan Biggs ‏@AlanBiggs1 
RIP Sir Tom Finney. He was 91. It seems nobody heard a bad word about him. Never mind football greatness. That is some achievement.

Ben Davies ‏@BenDavies1108
RIP Sir Tom Finney, what an inspiration

Neil Kilkenny ‏@killa_kilkenny
RIP to Sir Tom Finney. Hope we can do Sir Tom proud and get 3 points today.

David Buchanan ‏@_Buchs
RIP SIR TOM!! heard so many great things about a true footballing great!! Hopefully the boys can do him proud tomorrow with 3pts #pnefc

Phil Jones ‏@Ph1lj0nes
A football legend who played for #preston sadly passed away last night. Goodbye #SirTomFinney. #RIPSirTom

Everton ‏@Everton
RIP England legend Sir Tom Finney, pictured here sharing a joke with former Blue Tommy Lawton in 1963. 

Martin Shaw ‏@MartinShaw163
Went to The Sir Tom Finney statue at lunchtime. Very emotional. Has to be seen to be believed. A legend. #pne #pnefc #RIPSirTom #MorecambeFC

Just PNE ‏@JustPNE
MK Dons have arranged a minutes applause in the seventh minute for today’s game. Great touch by the club. #MKDons #pnefc #RIPSirTom

MK Dons FC ‏@MKDonsFC
MK Dons & @pnefc fans are kindly asked to provide a minute's applause tonight in the seventh minute as a mark of respect for Sir Tom Finney.

The Club also received the following letter...

"To all associated with PNE,

"Please accept my condolences at the loss of Sir Tom Finney, I have been a supporter of QPR FC since 1969 and can proudly inform you that a loud minute’s applause was held in recognition of the great man.

"Alas I did not have the honour of witnessing his prowess on the football pitch, I have been regaled in both print and first hand accounts of how he graced the field of play.

"I feel that it is appropriate, as the Football League marks 125 years of its foundation, that the football family remember what a significant part of their heritage that Preston North End indeed are as the Invincibles.

"I do hope that it will not be too long before this great Lancashire Club will parade their colours at the apex of English football. Once again please accept my respects in the passing of a much loved character of football folklore, Sir Tom Finney."
QPR fanPaul Houghton,

Below are just a handful of emails the Club has received from people wanting to pass on their tributes to Sir Tom...

"The death of Sir Tom Finney is a great loss that will be felt, I am sure, across the whole football community. I never saw him play (except in black and white) but I feel privileged to have had the pleasure of interviewing him from time to time and sharing his memories.

"His knighthood was well deserved but never was a title more lightly worn. Whenever we visited with a camera crew it was invariably Tom who made the teas and coffees.

"The game will rightly remember him as a great player. I shall always recall him as a great gentleman and a credit to your club."
Gerald Sinstadt

"SIR TOM FINNEY For many of us growing up in the 1950s, Tom Finney was a model not only of a great sportsman but also a model of what it meant to be a good Englishman. I am so sorry to hear this bleak news."
 Leyton Orient fanMr Jan Knight,

"So very sorry to hear the sad news about Sir Tom's passing. We are not sure who to contact regarding this matter, but our son John Paul Sumner is a Corporal Bugler in the Royal Marine Band Service based in Portsmouth. 

"He was a regular PNE supporter before joining the RMs 16 years ago. His great grandfather also worked as Foreman at Preston Water Board just after W ll, Sir Tom worked alongside him (Edward Hargreaves) at this time." 
Diane Sumner

"All true football fans will feel the loss of Sir Tom Finney today. He came from a different era with much more disciplined values. He deserves his place at footballs top table as a player and a gentleman. RIP Sir Tom and thanks for the good times."
Manchester United fanGordon Hayes,

"Just seen sad news about Sir Tom Finney an absolute ambassador for Preston North End and England. Every footballer in the country should look at Sir Toms example and try and follow. Great man, great Footballer RIP."
West Ham fanMartin Critchlow,

"I had to write to pass my sympathy for the passing of Sir Tom Finney. I am a Spurs supporter but was lucky enough to see him play at the end of his career and remember my Dad saying he was the best English player he ever saw."
Tottenham fanTony Hunter,

"I was sad to hear the news of Sir Tom's death. Several years ago I had the great honour of playing 'young Tom' for the opening of the Tom Finney Gallery at the National Football Museum. 

"When he arrived you could sense the great adoration and respect for the man and I count myself fortunate to have met him. As a Chelsea supporter I sometimes think of that iconic picture 'The Splash' when attending Stamford Bridge. RIP Sir Tom - a remarkable man."
, Chelsea fanTim Free

"Extremely saddened by the news of Sir Tom Finney passing away. I am a Burnley fan and although Preston is a bigger place than Burnley, historically there are many similarities. The people of Lancashire, England and many parts of the world are all the poorer today. 

"This news will cast a shroud over PNE and Preston but the tributes being paid to your TRUE legend will hopefully bring you some solace. Sir Tom Finney: May your soul rest in peace."
Burnley fanSteve Melling,

Preston North End would like to thank everyone for all the emails, calls and messages received with tributes. Unfortunately, due to huge volume received we cannot use or reply to them all, but thank you for each and every one of them.

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