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Let’s win for Sir Tom says PNE boss

Going up: Workmen create the giant image of Preston North End legend Sir Tom Finney on the front of the Sir Tom Finney Stand at Deepdale

Going up: Workmen create the giant image of Preston North End legend Sir Tom Finney on the front of the Sir Tom Finney Stand at Deepdale

Graham Westley has vowed that Preston North End will do a ‘terrific job’ on the pitch to help Sir Tom Finney’s birthday celebrations go with a swing.

Sir Tom turns 90 on Thursday, and North End are marking the milestone reached by their club president with a ‘PNE Day’ when MK Dons visit Deepdale on Saturday.

Prices have been slashed in a bid to attract a bumper crowd, while special entertainment is planned before the game and at half-time.

The best way to mark Sir Tom’s 90th in the eyes of the supporters will be victory over a MK Dons side who are chasing a play-off place.

Three points would take North End on to the 50-point mark which is likely to be enough to preserve their League One status and banish any relegation fears.

And Westley is well aware of what the occasion means as he looks to guide PNE to their first win in five games.

Westley said: “You couldn’t find a man who stands for more in the game than Sir Tom Finney.

“He is a complete legend in the true sense of the word.

“This will be a fantastic occasion for Sir Tom and the club.

“I have no doubt that the players will be in exactly the right frame of mind to do a terrific job on this occasion.”

North End have given the Sir Tom Finney Stand a new look as part of their birthday present to the great man.

A vinyl print mural now covers a section of the outside of the stand, and it will remain a permanent feature.

PNE’s market manager Adrian Ward said: “We thought this was the perfect time to give the outside of the stand a face lift.

“It will be there for a long time, it’s not just something for this weekend.

“When someone reaches the age of 90, it’s difficult to know what to give them as a present having had so many birthdays.

“So we thought this was a nice tribute to Sir Tom and his family.

“We enlisted the help of another former Preston player Andy Fensome, to do the work.

“His firm AF Signs has done the design and it was two of his workmen who were up on a cherry picker yesterday in bad weather putting it in place.

“We think it looks fantastic and it’s a permanent feature.”

Tickets for Saturday’s game are priced £10 adults and £5 concessions which covers over-60s, full-time students and the 16-20 age group.

Admission is £2 for children, while it’s free for under-eights in the Mini Whites club.

A number of former PNE players are attending the game as part of the celebrations.

 

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