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Jimmy Armfield: Sir Tom Finney was one of the greatest footballers

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Blackpool legend Jimmy Armfield spoke today about the sad loss of Sir Tom Finney.

Sir Tom Finney was one of the country’s greatest ever players, according to former England captain Jimmy Armfield.

Finney was renowned as one of the game’s great wingers and was famed for his double act in England colours with fellow wideman Sir Stanley Matthews.

But playing his entire career at Preston after eschewing the chance for a lucrative move to Palermo, he was denied the silverware his talent deserved.

Armfield said: “He, in my opinion, is one of the really great footballers that this country has produced.

“Even going back to his early days, the Italians tried to snatch him away from England - but he wouldn’t leave Preston. He was a loyalist as well.

“As much as anything else, and it’s hard to explain to many people today, but it was the way he played and the way he carried himself - his whole demeanour of life. Really, Preston will be a very sad place.”

He played in three World Cups in a career which, after being delayed by the Second World War, spanned from 1946-60 and was the first player to win two Footballer of the Year Awards.

 

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