PNE fans get set to pay tribute to legend

Iain Hume: Could be back in the starting line-up
Iain Hume: Could be back in the starting line-up
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Preston North End fans will get their chance to mark Sir Tom Finney’s 90th birthday when North End host MK Dons at Deepdale.

After the tributes and best wishes from football’s great and good, the supporters have their chance on Saturday to celebrate his milestone.

The club are hoping the occasion can draw a bumper crowd, with special matchday entertainment lined-up.

Video tributes to Sir Tom, including one from David Beckham, are to be shown on the big screen.

Classical singer Camilla Kerslake will be performing ahead of kick-off.

And the North End players are to sport specially printed shirts before kick-off.

At half-time there will be a parade of more than 30 former PNE players.

What’s needed on top of all that are three points from Graham Westley’s side.

North End boss Westley has paid tribute to Sir Tom, and hopes the performance on the pitch is becoming of the occasion.

Westley said: “Sir Tom’s behaviour, conduct, attitude and approach is present in the culture of the organisation here.

“It stands for everything which he is about.

“When you see the great and the good talking well of him, I think it says everything about the type of man Sir Tom is.

“As the frontline representative on the football side here, it is a privilege to be part of the club which he helped make so great.

“Sir Tom is a wonderful man, and the fact that, worldwide, people knew it was his 90th birthday yesterday is credit to him and his family.

“People in general – not just in football – could learn from the attributes, values and beliefs which Sir Tom has conducted himself with.

“The fact I’m told he still blushes when people tell him how great he was, tells you about his humility.”

Westley will make changes to the side beaten 2-0 by Sheffield Wednesday.

Iain Hume could get a recall to the starting XI after being on the bench at Hillsborough.

The aftermath of the Owls defeat gave rise to plenty of controversy, Westley publicly accusing four players of leaking his team selection.

It led to the PFA being called in by the squad, who were unhappy with the outburst.

Westley regards the matter as closed now as he focuses on the Easter programme.

He said: “It has been a week of moving on – sometimes I think it is good for things to get a kick.

“This week has been one where we’ve had a kick and a jolt – now we move on.

“I’ve seen a positive response from the lads, and I’m hoping that will filter into the game tomorrow.

“It would be great to produce something on the pitch which is befitting of the day we’re celebrating.

“Selection-wise, we have two or three doubts.

“Maybe I’ll have to start one or two on the bench rather than in the XI because they won’t be quite ready to contribute from the start.”

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