28 Feb 2014

Tom Finney remembered

7:44 am on 28 February 2014

Thousands of people lined the streets as leading figures from British football went to Preston for the funeral of England great Tom Finney.

Finney, who died two weeks ago aged 91, spent his entire professional career with hometown club Preston North End, making 569 appearances, while for England he scored 30 goals in just 76 matches -- a superb strike-rate for a player who was primarily a winger.

Never booked or sent off, Finney's nickname of the 'Preston Plumber' reflected the fact his father insisted he go into the family business and learn a trade alongside his football career.

David Moyes, the Manchester United manager who started his coaching career at Preston, attended the service, as did England's record goalscorer Bobby Charlton.

Earlier the funeral cortege travelled from Preston's Deepdale ground -- Finney was born on a street next to the stadium -- with a local armed forces veterans association in attendance to mark Finney's service as a tank driver during World War II.