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What they said about Sir Tom Finney ...

Tom Finney, England Cap.
c. 1950

Tom Finney, England Cap. c. 1950

England team-mate Nat Lofthouse: “Sir Tom made me the player I was and I had many an England game with him. He is a really nice guy. Sir Tom had loyalty to spare. He was loyal to his family, loyal to Preston North End and loyal to the England football team.”

England team-mate Nat Lofthouse: “Sir Tom made me the player I was and I had many an England game with him. He is a really nice guy. Sir Tom had loyalty to spare. He was loyal to his family, loyal to Preston North End and loyal to the England football team.”

England captain and team-mate Billy Wright: “No better player than Tom has ever won an England shirt. He was the best in the world – a genius.”

Preston North End team-mate Tommy Docherty: “Tom was the best ever. Bestie maybe was close to him but he was a better player than Matthews. He could play equally as well at outside right or outside left. He was different class – you couldn’t buy him today. You’d have to rob Fort Knox to pay for him if he was playing now. He was a great player end of story. And a gentleman too, which is more important. I can’t speak too highly of him as a person.”

Preston North End team-mate Tommy Thompson: “Tom Finney was a magician. A footballer in the master class. He was a complete one off and one of the greatest players the world has ever seen.”

Preston North End team-mate John Barton: “Tom Finney was the greatest-ever footballer, better than Pele, George Best or Maradona. But Finney was not only the greatest player ever to grace a football field. He was a decent human being, a fine gentleman and the greatest ambassador Preston North End could have.”

Preston North End team-mate Les Dagger: “There was nothing that Tom couldn’t do on a football field. He could head a ball with the strength of a lion, score goals with either feet, and in a one-on-one with Tom you could pack up and go home.”

Preston North End team-mate Sammy Taylor: “I’d heard about this Finney fella when I was a lad in Scotland,but the first time I saw him play I couldn’t believe it. He was a wizard, and it was like he was wearing magic boots. He had such incredible guile and skill. His speed of thought and his anticipation was breathtaking. Every era has a great player, but ‘our Tommy’ was the greatest of them all. Nobody will ever convince me otherwise.”

Preston North End team-mate Bill Shankly: “Tom was crafty, quick and elusive. He could beat you on either side without breaking stride. When he had the ball, that was it, you’d never get it back. A brilliant, exceptional player.”

England teammate Johnny Haynes: “His skill was quite exceptional.”

England teammate Sir Bobby Charlton: “Tom Finney was a fantastic player. You will never see his like today. In his prime it was almost impossible to take the ball from him. Now there would be all sorts of plans to stop him.

“That is how big he was. But Tom also helps with charity events and in his own part of the world in Preston, he is a god, an absolute god and rightly so.

“Wherever you go in the world and especially if you mention Preston North End, people say Tommy Finney. He has been, and still is, a great source of pride for the people of Preston.”

England captain Bryan Robson: “Sir Tom was a marvellous player and he is a perfect gentleman as well.”

England manager Sir Walter Winterbottom: “Tom’s skill was quite remarkable. Much of it was due to the fact he had fast muscles like Matthews. They could both stop and start more quickly than opponents.”

Former Preston North End manager David Moyes: “As a man I found him an exceptional person with great values and a great feeling for Preston North End. It was a privilege to sit down in his company and talk about the game.”

England footballer Joe Mercer: “By heck, he could play.”

 

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