Former Preston North End and England winger Sir Tom Finney has died, aged 91.
Born in Preston, in the street next to the club’s Deepdale ground, he made more than 400 league appearances for the club between 1946 and 1920 and won 76 caps for England. He is the joint sixth highest goal scorer for the ‘Three Lions’- alongside Alan Shearer- with 30 goals.
He twice won the footballer of the year title, in 1953-54 and 1956-57, and was twice a runner-up in the league with North End. He was knighted in 1998.
Finney scored 187 league goals for the club, who had been relegated from the top flight and have not returned since 1961- a year after the deceased legend hung his boots.
“The thoughts of everyone at the Club, and those connected with it, are with his family at this time,” a Preston statement said.
Preston are due to play Leyton Orient in League One on Saturday at Deepdale.