Bamber Bridge ‘Gentry Day’ to mark anniversary of Sir Tom Finney’s death

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Bamber Bridge will mark the first anniversary of Sir Tom Finney’s death with a special ‘Gentry Day’ on Saturday.

Fans are expected to don bowler hats as Brig entertain Northwich Victoria at their home ground – which was re-named in the summer after the Preston North End legend.

Tom Finney outside Buckingham Palace after receiving his knighthood.'January 1998

Tom Finney outside Buckingham Palace after receiving his knighthood.'January 1998

The match should be an intriguing affair as Neil Crowe’s play-off chasing team do battle with the Vics, who are currently in third spot in the NPL First Division North.

Brig have always held close ties with Sir Tom and always offer support to his various charities.

They donate all of their old strips to the Sir Tom Finney Soccer Development Centre and on Saturday they will be holding bucket collections, with all proceeds going towards the Sir Tom Finney Foundation.

Brig are also hoping to attract a decent crowd with Preston not due to play Manchester United in the FA Cup at Deepdale until Monday evening.

“It’s the anniversary of Sir Tom’s death and so the club is going to buy some bowler hats and make it Gentry Day,” manager Neil Crowe said.

“It will be nice if we can get a few North End fans down, with the United game not until Monday.

“Northwich are a big, strong team. The manager Jim Gannon has got them very organised, but we are confident we can get result.”

Our special commemorative supplement will be in the Lancashire Evening Post on Saturday February 14, 2015 (Also available to tablet subscribers).