From the North End of Town


I am not sure where my football card collection from the 1950s and 1960s and my prized Football Monthly copies are.

They contain a lot of images of Tom Finney.

They were the foundations of my passion for football.

I loved the idea that Tom Finney was born near to the football ground of the club for whom he played all his professional life.

A photograph of him carried me through every game of wet weather football I played.


Whenever I attacked up a right wing, even in the late 1960s, I imagined I was him.

What an inspiring player.

I wonder how many other aspring Tom Finneys there have been. Marvellous that a boy from Deepdale could motivate a generation.

Photo Credits

Tom Finney – Preston North End and England (Footysphere, CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Splash (Sir Tom Finney)

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