Sir Tom Finney’s Funeral Sees Thousands Line The Streets Of Preston As Entire Town Says Final Goodbye (Photos)

Chris Wright

27th, February 2014

By Chris Wright

Preston has come to a reverent standstill this afternoon as thousands of people have lined the streets to say their final goodbyes to North End legend Sir Tom Finney, who passed away at the age of 91 a fortnight ago.

Due to his synonymous affinity with Preston and its football club, Finney was given a civic funeral at Preston Minster earlier this afternoon, with Sir Bobby Charlton, David Moyes, Jimmy Armfield, Tommy Docherty and Sir Trevor Brooking among the many footballing faces in attendance to pay their last respects to the man they called ‘The Plumber’.

Soccer - Sir Tom Finney Civic Funeral

A portrait of Sir Tom Finney sits by the alter before his civic funeral at St John’’s Minster, Preston

Soccer - Sir Tom Finney Civic Funeral

The concourse outside Deepdale is covered in flowers, messages, shirts and other loving tributes from the Preston faithful 

Soccer - Sir Tom Finney Civic Funeral

Soccer - Sir Tom Finney Civic Funeral

Soccer - Sir Tom Finney Civic Funeral

Sir Tom Finney’s funeral precession moves slowly past the crowds of Preston fans gathered outside Deepdale

Soccer - Sir Tom Finney Civic Funeral

Hundreds of PNE fans gather in the stands at Deepdale to watch Sir Tom’s funeral service on the big screen

Soccer - Sir Tom Finney Civic Funeral

A floral tribute to Sir Tom sent by FIFA and presented by FIFA’s British vice-president Jim Boyce

Soccer - Sir Tom Finney Civic Funeral

Soccer - Sir Tom Finney Civic Funeral

RIP Sir Tom Finney.

(Photos: PA)