Historic Sir Tom Finney moment is caught on canvas

George Reynolds who has painted a picture of Sir Tom Finney which is to be displayed in the Preston North End club shop. Prints will be sold and the money raised will go to Sir Tom's charities

George Reynolds who has painted a picture of Sir Tom Finney which is to be displayed in the Preston North End club shop. Prints will be sold and the money raised will go to Sir Tom's charities

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It was a nightmare moment of his childhood, etched into the memory of artist George Reynolds.

The Blackburn Rovers fan looked on as Preston’s Sir Tom Finney scored against his beloved team, who went on to lose 4-1.

Now, more than 50 years later, George has committed the memory to canvas, in honour of the football “maestro”.

“It’s an action painting, it’s Sir Tom Finney running at the Blackburn goal keeper with a smile on his face, because he knows he’s going to score,” said George, 66.

“I was there, I was about 11 or 12 years old, it was September or October 1959.

“I can remember Blackburn scoring first and I thought ‘this is a good do’, and at the end of the game we got beaten 4-1.

“Tom Finney scored one and made three, he was that good.”

George, who lives in Clitheroe, painted the acrylic picture after Sir Tom Finney’s death.

He said: “I painted the picture in recognition of Tom Finney. I met him a couple of times and I watched him play, and I know how much he means to the people of Preston.” The painting will be unveiled at Preston North End’s club shop on Friday, and prints will be for sale to raise money for the charities Sir Tom supported – the Sir Tom Finney Foundation, Babybeat, Alzheimer’s Society and the Space Centre. George said: “I didn’t expect the shop to do anything, but they are quite willing to put leaflets there for everybody who goes into the shop to order prints.” The prints will be for sale for £50 or £55, depending on the size, with £15 or £16.50 split between the four charities.

George said: “I used to be an upholsterer and make furniture for 40 years, but I used to draw when I was a little kid of two or three.

“I just started doing a few a year or two before I finished work, and it’s gone from there.”