Regis is star name at Sir Tom dinner

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The life of Preston North End’s greatest ever footballer will be celebrated once more by PNE supporters and the wider football community.

The second Sir Tom Finney Tribute Dinner will take place on Wednesday, April 29, in the Invincibles Lounge at Deepdale, starting at 8pm.

Chairman of the Sir Tom Finney Academy Peter Mason and Sir Tom's son Brian at last year's Sir Tom Finney Tribute Dinner

Chairman of the Sir Tom Finney Academy Peter Mason and Sir Tom's son Brian at last year's Sir Tom Finney Tribute Dinner

Celebrated ex-footballer Cyrille Regis will be the keynote speaker and the night is set to attract a host of famous names from the world of football, including Jimmy Armfield, Tommy Docherty and Gordon Taylor.

One-club man Sir Tom played 433 games for North End – scoring 187 times – before retiring in 1960. He also represented England on 76 occasions, scoring 30 goals.

He passed away at the age of 91 on February 14 last year with his death signalling an outpouring of grief, which was felt across the world.

As a mark of respect to the wing wizard, a charity tribute dinner was held in his honour at Deepdale, which took place in June.

World-renowned sports artist Paul Trevillion – who drew Sir Tom on many occasions during his career – was the guest speaker on the night.

This year’s event is sure to be just as popular with ex-West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City striker Regis set to lift the lid on his near 20-year career in the professional game.

After signing for the Baggies in 1977, the striker became a cult hero at the Hawthorns and went on to be capped five times by England. Regis and his fellow black team-mates Brendan Batson and Laurie Cunningham were affectionately nicknamed ‘The Three Degrees’ – after the famous American vocal group – by then Albion manager Ron Atkinson.

After leaving Albion in 1984, the forward spent seven years with the Sky Blues, winning the FA Cup in 1987 thanks to a 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Regis – who also had spells with Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wycombe Wanderers and Chester – scored 206 goals in more than 700 appearances.

As one of the first prominent black footballers to play at the highest level in English football, Regis encountered racist abuse from the terraces and received bullets through the post when he was selected to represent England.

Tickets for the dinner are priced at £500 per table of 10, or £55 for individual tickets.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the Sir Tom Finney Preston Soccer Centre, which provides football opportunities for all.

Event organiser Jim Cadman said: “Last year’s event was a huge success and we wanted to make the dinner an annual event in honour and to pay tribute to Sir Tom.”

For further information and to purchase tickets, call Jim Cadman on 07971 624 627 or Tom 
Rowe on 07813 678 889.