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Football League to re-name award in honour of Sir Tom

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The Sir Tom Finney Splash statue at Deepdale

Photo Ian Robinson The Sir Tom Finney Splash statue at Deepdale

The Football League is to permanently re-name an annual award in honour of Sir Tom Finney.

The award it presents to a player that has had an outstanding career in its competitions will now be named in honour of the Preston North End and England legend who died last month.

The first recipient of the Sir Tom Finney Award will be AFC Bournemouth centre forward Steve Fletcher, who retired at the end of last season aged 40 after a professional career spanning 24 years and more than 800 senior appearances.

Fletcher will receive the Sir Tom Finney Award at Sunday evening’s Football League Awards 2014 in central London.

Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “Sir Tom Finney’s talent, loyalty and commitment marked him out as a truly exceptional player and a model professional.

“We are delighted to name this award in his honour and present it to those players that, like Sir Tom, set standards that others aspire to.”

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