Legacy to Preston’s favourite son opens

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A lasting legacy to Preston’s most famous sporting son, Sir Tom Finney, has opened its doors.

The new Finney’s Café and Sports Bar - which is packed full of memorabilia honouring Sir Tom - officially opened this week.

The venture is based at the new Heartbeat Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre at the former National Football Museum at Preston North End.

The walls of the cafe are adorned with photos of Sir Tom in his days playing for PNE.

The cafe will be run by The Villa and will be open to people using the charity’s facilities and also to members of the public and of course football fans.

Richard Simkin, Head of Operations of The Villa at North End, said: “There used to be shop/cafe in there and we have invested more than £40,000 to fit it out and to make it a proper cafe serving hot and cold food and healthy snacks for Heartbeat patients and members of the public can come in and use it as a day to day cafe. We called it Finney’s, it’s on Sir Tom’s side of the ground and we thought it would be nice to name it after Sir Tom.

From left, the Villa Group's head of operations Richard Simkin, head of development Emdad Hussain and deputy general manager Mike Simkin outside the new Finney's Cafe and Sports Bar at the Deepdale Stadium in Preston

From left, the Villa Group's head of operations Richard Simkin, head of development Emdad Hussain and deputy general manager Mike Simkin outside the new Finney's Cafe and Sports Bar at the Deepdale Stadium in Preston

“We opened on Tuesday this week, it’s going really well. It is a cafe and sports bar, on match days it will be a supporters bar for families and PNE fans.”

Richard’s dad, Michael, who is deputy general manager for Villa at North End is also the manager at Finney’s.

The cafe and bar in memory of Sir Tom, is open every day of the week and all Preston North End home fixtures.

Richard added: “We wanted to give something back, it’s going to be the official supporters bar for PNE fans on match days.”

Tom Finney

Tom Finney

Heartbeat moved into its new base at Deepdale earlier this month following a successful fundraising appeal to make the move a reality.