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On This Day…5th April: Remembering Sir Tom Finney

5 April 2020

There is only one topic of today’s on this day, as we go back 98 years to the birth of the greatest player to ever lace up his boots for Preston North End.

Yes, the 5th of April 1922 was the day Sir Tom Finney came into this world and who could have known then his incomparable impact on football, the club and his home town.

After having his North End career delayed by World War Two, the great man would go on to become the club's record goalscorer with 210 goals in 14 seasons, despite spending much of his career on the wing.

He was also England's record holder for several years for his 30 goals from 76 internationals.

He was equally at home on either wing, until he converted to centre forward in his 30s, where he proved even more lethal in front of goals with 28 goals in 1956/57 and 26 the following season.

His career only started when he was 24, due to the war, but he soon showed his talent, playing for England only weeks after his North End debut and he carried on until he was 38 before retiring in 1960, eventually becoming Life President of his only club.

He also became an icon for the city, awarded an OBE in 1961, a CBE in 1992 and finally a knighthood in the 1998 New Year’s honours and sadly passed away on 14th February 2014 aged 91.

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