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A bumper crowd will turn out at Deepdale today for Preston North End’s game with Leyton Orient in honour of Sir Tom Finney who passed away on Friday night at the age of 91.

Long queues formed outside the ticket office this morning as supporters purchased seats for the game.

North End had announced that there will be a minute’s silence before kick-off, with players from both sides wearing black arm bands.

The PNE players will all have the name ‘Finney’ on the back of their shirts together with their respective squad number.

Since news of Sir Tom’s death was released, fans have been leaving football shirts, scarves and floral tributes at the ‘Splash statue outside Deepdale.

North End say the statue will be used as a temporary memorial, with the water turned off to allow tributes to be left.

The football world has been paying its respects to Sir Tom, with tributes pouring in from clubs and players.

A statement on Manchester United’s official Twitter feed said: “We’re saddened to hear of the passing of England and Preston North End legend Sir Tom Finney. RIP.”

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

Local rivals Blackpool have announced that their players will wear black arm bands in their away game at Ipswich today.

Seasiders chairman Karl Oyston said: “Sir Tom was a great ambassador for the sport and his beloved Preston North End - this is a sad day for football.

“He was from the last remaining schoes of the game from when it was truly beautiful, It is a sad day and our sincere condolences go out to Preston.

“On sad occasions like this rivalries between clubs are put into perspective, they are minor issues.”

 

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