The inaugural Sir Tom Finney Tribute Dinner was hailed an overwhelming success as more than 200 people gathered at Deepdale to remember Preston’s greatest ever player.
Sir Tom’s family, which included his son Brian and daughter Barbara, were joined by former PNE players, supporters and a number of famous faces from the world of sport in the Invincibles lounge on Thursday night.
World renowned artist Paul Trevillion, who drew Finney many times during his career, was the keynote speaker and he was supported by one of Finney’s former team-mates Tommy Docherty and comedian Jed Stone, who was master of ceremonies.
Among the guests present were a number of former PNE favourites, such as George Ross, Eric Jones and Les Campbell.
The Football Association was also represented by the chairman of the Premier League Dave Richards, while former Manchester City star Mike Summerbee and ex-referee Keith Hackett were also in attendance.
Guests were treated to a three-course meal and all proceeds from the evening were awarded to the Sir Tom Finney Soccer Centre – one of the charitable organisations which the great man supported during his life.
Organiser of the event Jim Cadman revealed there are plans to hold the tribute dinner on an annual basis, with a different charity set to benefit each year.
Cadman said: “Tom really was a remarkable man. He will never be forgotten.
“Each year we will be holding a tribute dinner which will provide funds for the soccer centre which bears his name and one other nominated charity.”