New tribute to Sir Tom

Photo Neil Cross'George Reynolds at PNE  for the unveiling of his painting of Sir Tom Finney, with Olivia Hanvey and Kevin Abbott of PNE, Karen Entwistle of Baby Beat, Pam Bolton of Alzheimer's Society and Deepdale Duck representing the Space Centre
Photo Neil Cross'George Reynolds at PNE for the unveiling of his painting of Sir Tom Finney, with Olivia Hanvey and Kevin Abbott of PNE, Karen Entwistle of Baby Beat, Pam Bolton of Alzheimer's Society and Deepdale Duck representing the Space Centre
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A special painting of Sir Tom Finney, donated by a Lancashire artist, has been unveiled at Preston North End.

Blackburn Rovers fan George Reynolds painted the piece, 50 years after taking a photograph of Sir Tom scoring against his beloved team.

Now the photograph has been committed to canvas, and is hoped it will raise funds for Sir Tom Finney’s charities.

Representatives from the Sir Tom Finney Foundation, Babybeat, the Alzheimer’s Society and the Space Centre, as well as from Preston North End, gathered at Deepdale’s club shop to see the new painting.

George, 66, said: “It looks good on the wall - it’s on the wall when you walk in.

“It was very good to see it - I just wish I had done it a bit bigger because it’s a big wall.

“But it looks good. We’ve put leaflets in the club shop, and if anybody wants to find out more about the prints, they said they were quite willing to hand leaflets out.”

Prints of the painting will be for sale for £50 or £55, depending on the size, with £15 or £16.50 split between the four charities.

George, who lives in Clitheroe, said: “I’m also going to organise posters of the paintings with a bit of a write-up, to tell people how to get hold of a print.

“I’m going to get one for each of the charities.”

The painting, now on display in the club shop, shows Sir Tom Finney scoring against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in 1959.

George said: “I remember the game, I used to have photographs of the painting in my scrap book when I was a little kid.

“From that game there were five or six photographs, and I can remember that particular goal that Tom Finney scored.

“He just walked through the defence and took it around the keeper.

“About 40 or 50 years ago I thought I would love to paint it, and now I’ve done it.

“I’m trying to get money for charity and hopefully the charities connected to Tom Finney will benefit on a regular basis.”