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National tributes for Sir Tom Finney

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Tributes on Twitter have come in from clubs and players from across the country

Sir Doug Elllis from Aston Villa FC tweeted this encounter with Sir Tom: “I once told Tom about my new flat in Preston. It was lovely - but the rain kept coming in.

I came home one night and my wife said: ‘You’ll never guess – but Tom Finney has been on our roof today!’

He had repaired the problem – and he never sent me a bill! He was a great friend.”

Joseph S Blatter said: “Very sad news that Sir Tom Finney is no longer with us. Had privilege of watching the man play at 1954 World Cup.”

FIFA.com tweeted: “England great Sir Tom Finney has died at the age of 91.”

The FA said: “The FA is saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Tom Finney, one of England’s all-time greatest players who won 76 caps. He was 91.”

Manchester United tweeted: “We’re saddened to hear of the passing of England and Preston North End legend Sir Tom Finney.”

Liverpool FC said: “A football gentleman respected by everyone in the game, Sir Tom Finney will be sadly missed by all at #LFC. RIP.”

Arsenal FC said: “The club is saddened to hear of the passing of England legend Sir Tom Finney.”

Bolton Wanderers FC tweeted a picture of Sir Tom with Nat Lofthouse: “BWFC are saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Tom Finney.”

Leyton Orient paid tribute by saying: “RIPSirTom ready to pay tribute to a legend tomorrow.So sorry to hear the news. Hopefully together we can give him a fine send-off.”

Everton said: “RIP England legend Sir Tom Finney,”

Neil Mellor tweeted: “Just heard the terrible news about the footballing great Sir Tom Finney passing away. Honoured to have met him and played for his club PNE.”

Ph1l Jones sent this tweet: “A football legend who played for Preston sadly passed away last night. Goodbye Sir Tom Finney.”

Chris Lucketti: “RIP Tom Finney, a true great who I had the pleasure of walking out at the Millenium to lead PNE in the play-offs,a real gent of a guy, #LEGEND.”

Bailey Wright paid tribute. “Sad to hear the news about a true legend of not only PNE, but a true legend in the world of football! RIP Sir Tom Finney!”

Sunderland AFC said: “There will be a period of applause before today’s game in tribute to the great Sir Tom Finney, who passed away yesterday.”

Newcastle United FC: “We are saddened to hear of the death of Sir Tom Finney, who played six games for #NUFC during the 1942/43 season.”

Chelsea FC said: “Chelsea FC is saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Tom Finney, one of England’s all-time greats. Condolences to his family and friends.”

Stoke City FC: “Stoke City wish to pass on our condolences to @pnefc and all friends and family after the sad passing of Sir Tom Finney#FootballFamily #RIP.”

Notts County FC said: “RIP Sir Tom Finney. Legend.”

Doncaster Rovers FC tweeted: “There will be a minute’s applause before today’s game in memory of England and Preston Legend Sir Tom Finney.”

Everton shared a picture on Twitter of Sir Tom sharing a joke with former Blue Tommy Lawton in 1963. The club said: “RIP England legend Sir Tom Finney.”

Cardiff City FC said: “All at #CardiffCity would like to offer our sincere condolences on the news of the passing of a true football icon, Sir Tom Finney.”

Accrington Stanley: “Everyone at Accrington Stanley would like to pass on their condolences to the family and friends of Sir Tom Finney, who has sadly died.”

Burnley FC sent this tweet: “Burnley Football Club is saddened to hear that Sir Tom Finney has died. Our deepest sympathies to all our friends at Preston North End.”

Southampton FC tweeted a photo, saying “#SaintsFC’s players pay tribute to the late Sir Tom Finney ahead of kick-off against @SAFCofficial.”

West Ham United FC: “Everyone at West Ham United has been deeply saddened by the passing of @pnefc and England great Sir Tom Finney.”

Crawley Town paid tribute by saying: “Our sincere condolences to the family of Sir Tom Finney, a true great of English football.”

MK Dons FC said: “We were privileged to be a part of Sir Tom’s 90th birthday celebrations at @pnefc two seasons ago.”

Crewe Alexandra tweeted: “Everybody at Crewe Alexandra is deeply saddened by the passing of Sir Tom Finney. A true legend.”

Southend United sent this tweet: “Southend United would like to offer our sincere condolences on the news of the passing of a footballing legend, Sir Tom Finney.”

Peter Reid tweeted: “Sir Tom Finney, gentleman. Proper footballer.”

Richard Keys paid tribute, saying: “Sad the passing of Sir Tom Finney. Genuine English legend. He made that official overnight. The greatest player Bill Shankly ever saw.”

Danny Kelly said: “RIP Tom Finney. I never saw him play. Those who did describe it with tears in their eyes. Good enough for me.”

Robbie Savage: “RIP Sir Tom Finney #legend.”

In tribute to the great man, we will be running a 24 page supplement in Monday’s Lancashire Evening Post

 

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