Sir Tom Finney played his last game for Preston North End 60 years ago today

It is 60 years ago today that Sir Tom Finney played his last competitive game for Preston North End.

Thursday, 30th April 2020, 6:00 am
Sir Tom Finney addresses the Deepdale crowd after his last league game for Preston North End on April 30, 1960

On April 30, 1960, the wing wizard thrilled Deepdale one last time in a First Division clash with Luton Town.

North End won the game 2-0 with goals from Jim Smith and Alex Alston in front of a crowd of 29,781.

A persistent groin injury saw him decide to hang up his boots after a glittering career for North End and England.

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Sir Tom Finney in action during his last league game for Preston North End

His PNE debut had come in August 1946 after he had fought in the Second World War.

Sir Tom went on to play 472 games for North End – 433 in the league and 39 in the FA Cup.

He scored 187 league goals and a further 23 in FA Cup action, playing on either wing and up front.

On the international front the winger won 76 England caps, scoring 30 goals, playing in three World Cups.

All eyes are on Sir Tom Finney as he says farewell to the Preston North End at Deepdale on April 30, 1960

In his last season, Sir Tom finished as North End's leading scorer - something he had not achieved before - with 21 goals .

His last goal had come a fortnight before this final game, in a 4-1 win over Blackpool.

Against Luton he wore the No,7 shirt and the crowd were there to see him.

After the final whistle, he stood on a table in front of the tunnel and addressed the crowd, some of who had ventured on to the pitch to get a closer look at their hero.

Sir Tom Finney taking his boots off after his final game for Preston North End

PNE finished ninth that season in the First Division but the following campaign were relegated and haven't been back in the top flight since.

Sir Tom retained strong connections with North End after his retirement, becoming club president.

His statue stands proudly outside Deepdale, next to the stand named in his honour.

Sir Tom, who was knighted in 1998, passed away in February 2014 at the age of 91.