Tom Finney, one of England’s finest footballers, passed away on Valentine’s Day at the age of 91 and BTLM is dedicating three posts this week to Preston and their famous Plumber as our own tribute. This particular post in our Vintage series collects up some of the most striking images of Tom from the 1950s and 60s. Click any of the images to open the gallery.
We’ve also included a BBC produced video which looks back on his life. There’s some great footage of the man in action and interviews with his contemporaries.
Tom Finney, England
Tom discusses England tactics with Stanley Mathews and Johnny Haynes
High jinks in the England camp with Billy Wright and Bobby Charlton
Tom Finney chats to Deepdale crowd
Tom meets the Queen Mother at Wembley before the 1954 FA Cup Final
The Splash – Stamford Bridge
Tom shakes hands with the West Brom captain, Len Millard, at start of 1954 FA Cup Final
Tom Finney, Arsenal v Preston North End, 1957
Tom Finney Footballer Of The Year, 1957
A rare header by Tom as Preston take on Newcastle
Tom runs out at Craven Cottage
Tom Finney receives his OBE, 1961
Tom Finney & Tommy Lawton
Tom Finney & George Best
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